Heather Simpson Counselling

Heather
Simpson

Counselling & Consulting

Heather Simpson,
B.A M.Ed. Coun. Psych., RCC #554

250.202.7699
Phone
1.888.404.2969
Fax
heathersimpsoncounselling.com
heather@heathersimpsoncounselling.com

964 Shopper's Row, Office 20 A
Campbell River, B.C.
V9W 2C5

About Me

I was born and raised on southern Vancouver Island. In 1991 we moved our young family to the beauty and tranquility of the Central – North Island seeking life in a rural community. We feel very fortunate to live and work in such a beautiful part of the world. I enjoy biking, walking and gardening – activities that help create balance in my life.

I have been working in the helping profession for over 30 years and for the past 22 as a Mental Health Therapist. From 2003 – Jan. 2014 I was responsible for managing the Child and Youth Mental Health Team in Campbell River. I am grateful for the extensive learning, skills, knowledge and experience I have gained from working with clients, colleagues and the network of resources within our community. I have developed excellent working relationships with many other professionals from helping agencies, schools, physicians, and other health practitioners.

I am happy now to have moved into a life long career goal of having my own counselling practice. I have a passion for helping people find their strength, hope and capacity in learning to overcome their challenges and develop the skills and confidence to draw upon going forward.

Focus

People

I welcome referrals for adults, seniors, parenting, couples and groups facing issues relating to phase of life, career/work, relationships, identity, self esteem, aging, grief and loss, depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges. I have a special interest in working with families stressed by Alzheimer’s disorder or other debilitative illness. I am also keen on continuing to further my work with local Aboriginal communities.

Speaking

I welcome requests for workshop presentations relating to Mental Health issues such as depression, anxiety, and parenting. I am also available to provide consultation and clinical supervision to other counsellors, organizations and communities.

Availability

I am affiliated with several Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) so you may want to check if I am available through your employer. Alternately, if you are on an extended health plan you may have some coverage for clinical counselling through a physician referral. In addition it may be possible to get a small income tax deduction when claiming for medical expenses. I accept referrals for the Crime Victim's Assistance Programme, and the First Nations Health Authority Indian Residential School Programme.

Clinical Approaches

The basis of my ability to be helpful is my strength in building rapport and developing a trusting relationship and therapeutic alliance with the client.

Also foundational in my work is the belief that people possess the wisdom and capability to overcome their difficulties and that when they are active participants in their own learning and able to separate themselves from “ the problem” they experience awareness and insight. Through this process of gaining self understanding and accountability the person Identifies the changes in thinking and behavior they want to make in order to change their situation. As the therapist I see my role as the facilitator of this new learning. In addition I provide information about resources and strategies that may be helpful.

I practice with a range of therapeutic approaches including Emotionally Focused Therapy (couples), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Narrative, Gestalt, Solution Focused, Trauma Informed, Cognitive - Behavioral, Family and Expressive Arts therapies. The approach used largely depends on my clinical assessment, the nature of the difficulties experienced and their impact on the person’s ability to function in their life. Clarification of the client’s goal(s) in coming to counselling are of primary importance.

Involving other family members is often beneficial as change in the context of the family or couple relationship is often pivotal to ongoing success. This option may be offered for the client to consider.

Helpful Community Resources

VANCOUVER ISLAND CRISIS LINE
1 800 494 3888
24 hours a day and 7 days a week
www.vicrisis.ca
Campbell River Hospital - Island Health
 
Crisis Nurse
250 850 2647
C.R. Emergency Dept.
250 850 2141
Mental Health and Substance Use (adults)
 
Island Health
250 850 2620
Child & Youth Mental Health
250 830 6500
Aboriginal Child & Youth Mental Health
250 923 9890
Min. for Child and Family Development
 
Orientation to Child, Youth & Family Mental Health and Substance Use
 
Services guide for C.R. and Comox Valley
http://www.viha.ca/cyf_mental_health/resources.htm
North Island Survivors’ Healing Society
 
Trauma and Abuse Counselling Society
250 287 3325
John Howard Society of North Island
250 286 0611
Campbell River Family Services Society
250 287 2421
C.R. Hospice Society
250 286-1121
Laichwiltach Family Life Society
250 286 3430
KDC Health
250 286 9766
RCMP Victims Assistance
250 286 5606
Transition Society
1 800 667 2188
Anxiety BC
http://www.anxietybc.com/ http://mindcheck.ca/
BC Partners for MH and Addictions
http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/

Location & Contact

964 Shopper's Row, Office 20 A
Campbell River, B.C.
V9W 2C5

To Book An Appointment: 250.202.7699

Call me to book an appointment and if I am not available you will reach my confidential voice mail and may leave a detailed message.

You may email me at heather@heathersimpsoncounselling.com

Cancellations

If necessary to cancel or reschedule your appointment please provide 48 hours notice.

I am registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and am guided by the Code of Ethics and Policies for Clinical Practice of the Association.
My current fee is $120 per session, plus $6.00 GST, total $126.00 per session. Based on the BC Association of Clinical Counsellor Fee Schedule (2016)