Counselling: What’s it all About

The Flagstaff Family and Community Support Services (FFCSS) provides a counselling program that is housed in the FFCS Building. No referral is necessary. This confidential program has a sliding fee scale and is negotiated with the counsellor.

People use counselling for a variety of reasons. They may be concerned with developmental issues, addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis, developing personal insights and knowledge, working through feelings of inner conflict, or improving relationships with others. The counsellor’s role is to facilitate the client’s work in ways that respect the client’s values, personal resources and capacity for self-determination.

If you have never been in counselling before, you may be wondering what to expect. The purpose of counselling is to enable you to resolve your issues so that you can live a more satisfying and resourceful life. It is more disciplined and confidential than friendship; all counsellors are required to meet a Code of Ethics and Conduct which they must follow. And, although friends know and perhaps understand you better, they will sometimes have a bias or preference for you. Counsellors do not have a vested interest in your choices and can facilitate a neutral discussion.