Everyone’s healing journey is unique
Adult counselling at SACE focuses on developing emotional regulation and providing people with tools to support them with their healing. For some, counselling can be a valuable part of their process. Adults of all genders may attend up to:
Preparation for Counselling
At SACE, our number one priority is client safety.
Questions asked during the Intake and Counselling processes are used to assess:
SACE services are approached from a place of nonjudgement. Counselling can be destabilizing and due to the specialized, short-term nature of SACE counselling services it is not possible to address core impacts of sexual violence until a level of stability is attended to. It is important that before and during counselling, clients struggling with their mental health, disordered eating, addictions, housing or family instability, or active suicidality have additional supports in place.
Our trauma-centred, specialized adult counselling services are provided by professionals who have completed, or have nearly completed, a Master’s-level Counselling program, and the department operates under the parameters of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP).
up to 15 weekly, one-hour sessions of counselling at no fee.
Prior to counselling, individuals on the waitlist have the option of attending Skills for Change.
Therapeutic approaches include:
- Call the SACE main office at 780.423.4102 to make an appointment with our Client Care Specialist
- The Client Care Specialist will phone you at the time of your appointment to complete the 30-minute phone intake
- After this conversation, you will be placed on the waitlist for counselling. The Client Care Specialist can provide options for support while you wait, including the Skills for Change psychoeducation group.
- The Client Care Specialist will contact you when a counsellor is available to schedule your first appointment
In the first session, your counsellor will:
- discuss confidentiality, and obtain consent for counselling.
- ask questions to build on your history obtained during the intake process
- inquire about possible symptoms of stress and coping strategies.
Because SACE counselling prioritizes emotional safety, an important first step for the counselling process is gaining a sense of the individual’s goals for counselling. During this discussion, the first session, and the entirety of your counselling experience you are in control of what you speak about.
- If an individual misses a counselling session without giving notice, or cancels a session within 24 hours of the session, the session will count towards the total number of sessions an individual is able to access.
- If an individual is 15 minutes or more late for a session, this cancels the session and counts as one of their total number of sessions at SACE
- SACE holds a zero tolerance policy regarding abuse towards staff. Threatening and disrespectful conduct will result in the immediate termination of services between SACE and the client
Counselling at SACE is conducted in a confidential manner. Information related to counselling is only released to other professionals with a client’s written permission, with the exception of other counsellors at SACE, and the counsellor’s supervisor. No information, either written or verbal, gained during the counselling process will be used for the purposes of resolving child custody and access disputes. Client files are retained based on current College of Alberta Psychologists guidelines.
Anything you say in a counselling or group session will be considered confidential with the exception of:
When you start counselling at SACE, your counsellor will obtain your informed consent for counselling services and will further explain these limits to confidentiality.