Registered Clinical Counsellor

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Registered Clinical Counsellor at Sojourn

At Sojourn Counselling and Neurofeedback, our Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC) are dedicated professionals with a mission to support, heal, and empower individuals on their journey to better mental health. A Registered Clinical Counsellor is more than just a title – it's a testament to rigorous training, a deep commitment to ethical practice, and a passion for aiding those in need.

With a keen understanding of trauma, anxiety, and various other mental health challenges, our team provides specialized therapeutic interventions tailored to each individual's unique needs. As you navigate the complexities of life, our RCCs stand by you, offering evidence-based treatments, compassionate care, and a safe space for reflection and growth.

Embark on a transformative journey with us. Whether you're seeking solace from the pains of the past or strategies to face the challenges of the present, we're here to guide, support, and celebrate every step you take towards a healthier, happier you.

What Distinguishes a Registered Clinical Counsellor?

Education and Training
Registered Clinical Counsellors undergo rigorous academic and hands-on training to ensure they are equipped with the most effective and current therapeutic techniques. Holding a minimum of a master’s degree in counselling or a related field, an RCC combines theoretical knowledge with extensive practical experience to address diverse mental health challenges. This advanced education allows them to apply evidence-based approaches effectively, catering to the unique needs of each client.

Code of Ethics
An unwavering commitment to the highest ethical standards is a cornerstone of the RCC designation. By adhering to a comprehensive Code of Ethics, our RCCs at Sojourn Counselling ensure that each session is conducted with utmost respect, confidentiality, and integrity. Clients can trust that their well-being is the primary concern and that their personal information is handled with the utmost care and professionalism.

Beyond the classroom and training environments, our RCCs at Sojourn Counselling and Neurofeedback bring a wealth of real-world therapeutic experience. Specializing in trauma, anxiety, and various other mental health issues, they possess a nuanced understanding of the human psyche, allowing them to tailor interventions to individual needs. Their vast experience ensures that clients receive not just therapy, but therapy that's been honed over countless hours of practice and refinement.

Commitment to Ongoing Professional Development
Our RCCs are committed to continuous learning and professional development. This dedication ensures they remain at the forefront of the latest advancements in mental health treatment, enhancing their skills and broadening their knowledge base to better serve their clients.

Personalized and Compassionate Care
At the heart of the RCC designation is a deep-seated passion for healing and transformation. When you choose an RCC at Sojourn Counselling, you’re choosing expertise, ethics, and an unwavering commitment to your mental health journey. Our counsellors are dedicated to providing personalized and compassionate care, ensuring that each client feels valued and understood throughout their therapy process.

Therapeutic Approaches Used by RCCs at Sojourn

In the heart of every healing journey is a personalized approach, tailored to the unique intricacies of each individual's experiences and

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challenges. At Sojourn Counselling and Neurofeedback, our Registered Clinical Counsellors utilize a range of evidence-based therapeutic modalities, ensuring that every client receives the most suitable and effective intervention. Below are the primary techniques our RCCs are trained in:

  • Neurofeedback: A cutting-edge brain training method that monitors and adjusts brainwave patterns, aiding in the self-regulation of emotions and cognitive processes.
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing): A transformative therapy particularly effective for trauma, EMDR facilitates the processing of distressing memories, allowing individuals to find relief and resolution.
  • Person-Centered Therapy: Founded on empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence, this approach prioritizes the individual's perspective, fostering a therapeutic relationship that's collaborative and validating.
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy: Aimed at enhancing emotional intelligence and interpersonal relationships, this modality delves deep into emotional patterns and their origins, guiding clients towards healthier emotional responses.
  • AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy): An integrative model of therapy that focuses on healing through the transformation of emotional experiences, emphasizing the innate drive towards self-righting and growth.
  • Mindfulness: By cultivating presence and awareness, mindfulness techniques empower individuals to navigate life's challenges with greater clarity, calm, and resilience.
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy): A goal-oriented approach that addresses problematic thought patterns and behaviors, equipping clients with practical strategies to manage and overcome mental health challenges.

By integrating these techniques and approaches, our RCCs craft an individualized therapeutic journey that resonates, heals, and empowers, ensuring that every client feels seen, heard, and valued.

Subsidies and Insurance Coverage for RCC Services

Mental health is a fundamental aspect of well-being, and at Sojourn Counselling and Neurofeedback, we believe that quality therapeutic services should be accessible to all. To support this mission, we're pleased to provide information on financial aids that can make RCC services more affordable.

Insurance Companies Recognizing RCCs
Many insurance providers recognize the value of services offered by Registered Clinical Counsellors. We're proud to be affiliated with a range of major insurance companies, ensuring that a significant portion of your therapy costs can be covered. If you have an insurance plan, please check with your provider to understand the extent of your coverage. Some of the major insurers that recognize RCCs include Sunlife, Greenshield, Manulife, Great West Life, Medavie Blue Cross, Pacific Blue Cross, and ICBC.

How to Use Your Insurance

  • Verify Coverage: Contact your insurance provider to confirm that RCC services are covered under your plan.
  • Attend Your Session: Once your appointment at Sojourn Counselling is complete, you'll receive an official receipt.
  • Submit a Claim: Use the provided receipt to file a claim with your insurance company. Depending on your provider, you may receive direct reimbursement or apply the amount towards a deductible.

Other Financial Supports
Recognizing that not everyone may have insurance or that insurance may not cover the full cost, we're dedicated to finding ways to make therapy accessible. We have intern therapists providing low cost counselling who are enrolled in masters degrees en route to completing the requirements for RCC designation. Our fees vary depending on the provider you choose. 

At Sojourn Counselling and Neurofeedback, your mental well-being is our utmost priority. Whether it's through insurance, subsidies, or other forms of support, we're committed to ensuring that finances don't stand in the way of quality care.

Registered Clinical Counsellors BC: Providing Remote Counselling Across the Province

Our Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCCs) are dedicated to making mental health support accessible to everyone across British Columbia. With the flexibility of remote counselling, we are able to extend our reach beyond our physical location in Surrey, BC, ensuring that individuals in remote, rural, and urban areas alike can benefit from our specialized services. Our RCCs are trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques, including neurofeedback, EMDR, person-centered therapy, emotionally focused therapy, AEDP, mindfulness, and CBT. Whether you are dealing with anxiety, trauma, or other mental health challenges, our team is here to provide supportive, effective, and confidential counselling through secure online platforms. No matter where you are in the province, help is just a click away.

Meet Our Registered Clinical Counsellors

The backbone of Sojourn Counselling and Neurofeedback is our team of dedicated Registered Clinical Counsellors. Each with their own unique background, expertise, and therapeutic approach, our RCCs share a unified passion for facilitating meaningful change and providing compassionate care. Dive deeper into their profiles to find the perfect match for your journey towards better mental health.

Jonathan Wieser Registered Clinical Counsellor

Jonathan Wieser, RCC-ACS, RMFT
Specializations: Trauma, Anxiety, Neurofeedback, EMDR

Jonathan is a seasoned Registered Clinical Counsellor and Marriage and Family Therapist with over 15 years of experience, specializing in neurofeedback and counseling for individuals, couples, and families. Holding a Master's degree from Trinity Western University and certifications in techniques like EMDR and Neurofeedback, he adopts a highly personalized approach, leveraging a diverse range of evidence-based methods to address clients' challenges. Jon is committed to helping clients achieve personal growth and overcome issues ranging from trauma and depression to relationship challenges and cultural adjustments.
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Amandeep Brar Clinical Counsellor

Amandeep Brar, RCC
Specializations: Child/Youth Therapy, Trauma, Anxiety, CBT, Mindfulness, Neurofeedback 

Amandeep, a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a decade of experience, specializing in mental health and social services, including work in schools. Her approach emphasizes warmth, empathy, and a non-judgmental atmosphere to facilitate open exploration of thoughts and feelings. Grounded in anti-oppressive and trauma-informed frameworks, she recognizes the societal and cultural influences on individual experiences. A woman of color herself, she appreciates diverse struggles and the impact of relationship dynamics on life decisions. 

Amandeep integrates Attachment, Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral, and Mindfulness theories into her sessions, particularly supporting those dealing with anxiety, trauma, or new to therapy. By prioritizing clients' unique experiences and goals, she fosters a trusting environment where individuals, regardless of familiarity with therapy, can expect kindness and acceptance. Her aim is to empower clients with choice in therapy and equip them with emotional management tools for life's challenges.

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Shahrzad Jamali Clinical Counsellor

Shahrzad Jamali, RCC

Specializations: Emotionally Focused Therapy, Relationships, Stress Management, Neurofeedback

Shahrzad is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master's degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Trinity Western University and a background in Psychology with a neuroscience focus from the University of British Columbia. With over 6 years of experience, she specializes in assisting individuals with developmental disabilities and offers therapy for a range of issues, from relationship challenges to trauma and cultural adjustments. Drawing from Attachment Theory and methodologies like EFT, CBT, and EMDR, Shahrzad emphasizes a systemic perspective, offering multilingual services in English, Farsi, and Turkish.
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Katherine Ouano Registered Clinical Counsellor BC

Katherine Ouano, RCC
Specializations: Child/Youth Therapy, CBT, Family Therapy, Neurofeedback

With over 25 years in the mental health field, Katherine has an extensive background in the helping profession, including roles in the Surrey School District and as a Mental Health Clinician supporting children, youth, and families. She specializes in diverse therapeutic approaches, from cognitive behavioral to mindfulness-based, with notable experience assisting individuals with developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. In her private practice, she addresses a range of concerns, emphasizing empathy, compassion, and a trauma-informed, person-centered perspective.
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Choosing a therapist is an intimate decision, and we want to ensure you feel connected and confident in your choice. By exploring our RCC profiles, you get a glimpse of their expertise and personalities, ensuring you find a therapist that aligns with your needs and resonates with your therapeutic goals. Dive deeper, learn more, and when you're ready, easily book your session right from their profile.

Frequently Asked Questions about Registered Clinical Counsellors

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1. What is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)?

A Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) is a professional mental health therapist who has met the standards of education, supervision, and experience required by a recognized regulatory body. They provide therapeutic services to individuals, couples, families, and groups to help them achieve mental health and wellness.

2. What qualifications do Registered Clinical Counsellors have?

RCCs typically hold a Master's degree or higher in counselling psychology or a related field. They have completed extensive supervised clinical training and adhere to the ethical guidelines and professional standards set by their regulatory body.

3. How can a Registered Clinical Counsellor help me?

RCCs are trained to assist with a wide range of mental health issues, including trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, and more. They use various therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness, and others, tailored to meet the unique needs of each client.

4. What therapeutic approaches do Registered Clinical Counsellors use?

At Sojourn Counselling and Neurofeedback, our RCCs are skilled in several therapeutic modalities, including:

  • Neurofeedback
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • Mindfulness-Based Therapies
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

5. How do I choose the right Registered Clinical Counsellor for me?

Choosing the right counsellor involves considering your specific needs, the counsellor's areas of expertise, and their therapeutic approach. We encourage you to review the profiles of our therapists on our online booking platform to find a counsellor whose skills and style align with your preferences.

6. What can I expect during my first session with a Registered Clinical Counsellor?

During your first session, your counsellor will take time to understand your concerns, gather relevant history, and discuss your goals for therapy. This initial session is an opportunity for you to ask questions, express your needs, and determine if the counsellor is a good fit for you.

7. Is Clinical Counselling confidential?

Yes, counselling is confidential. Registered Clinical Counsellors are bound by strict ethical guidelines to ensure your privacy. Information shared in sessions will not be disclosed without your consent, except in cases where there is a legal obligation to report, such as when there is a risk of harm to yourself or others.

8. How often should I see a Registered Clinical Counsellor?

The frequency of sessions depends on your individual needs and goals. Some clients benefit from weekly sessions, while others may find bi-weekly or monthly sessions sufficient. Your counsellor will work with you to develop a schedule that best supports your therapeutic progress.

9. How do I book an appointment with a Registered Clinical Counsellor?

You can book an appointment with one of our counsellors through our online booking platform here. If you need assistance, please feel free to contact our office directly.

10. Do you offer Registered Clinical Counselling online or in-person?

We offer both online and in-person counselling sessions to accommodate your preferences and needs. You can choose the format that works best for you when booking your appointment.

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