“Assist individuals as they overcome emotional or mental health difficulties, and historical trauma”

What is
Clinical Counselling?

The BC Association of Clinical Counselling (BCACC) defines clinical counselling as a branch of clinical psychology that “uses established mental health principles, values and techniques to aid you in achieving insight into existing challenges, gaining new skills and capacities, and earning emotional freedom from historical issues”.

Clinical counselling is used to facilitate client-led exploration and resolution of problems as they navigate emotional or mental health difficulties. Often, people seek counselling when their usual problem-solving methods are unable to satisfactorily resolve a difficult situation. Talking to someone who is accepting and nonjudgmental about life challenges can be extremely helpful during a time of upheaval. Clinical counselling provides a safe place and opportunity for people to explore behaviours, relationships, feelings, or thoughts to facilitate positive change in their lives.


Counselling is appropriate for children, youth, and adults who are verbal and able to communicate comfortably. Although some clients may have difficulty communicating fluently, they can benefit from counselling if they are comfortable and open to the process. At Olive Tree, we offer clinical counselling in both English and Korean.

Therapy For

Children (0-12 years old)

For children ranging from 0 to 12 years old, our counsellors can provide support with the use of play/expressive therapy - a form of therapy used to help children process their own emotions or articulate problems to parents or other adults. We focus on providing a loving and compassionate environment to facilitate growth, explore emotions and deal with unresolved trauma.

Our approach varies depending on each child’s presenting issue(s), developmental stage, and temperament as well as family circumstances.

We work with children on issues including:


  • Intense and persistent sadness and feeling depressed

  • Acting-out, angry or disruptive behavior

  • Anxiety, worries and fears

  • Shy, withdrawn or clingy behavior

  • Struggles at school (academic, social or emotional issues)

  • Emotional stress related to adjustment or transitions

  • Grief and loss

  • Sibling conflicts

  • Effect of trauma or exposure to traumatic situations

Support may be provided to parents/caregivers on issues including:

  • Parenting concerns (e.g. managing children's difficult emotions and behaviors, feeling helpless or overwhelmed in parenting)

  • Difficult family situations (e.g. separation/divorce, move or immigration, extended family collaboration)

  • Parent-child conflicts

  • Parents' or caregiver's own emotional management

  • Bonding and attachment with children

  • Grief and loss

  • Learning/developmental diverse abilities/disabilities


Treated Conditions

Common issues covered in clinical counselling include (but are not limited to): 

  • Addiction

  • Behavioural interventions (i.e. anger management, etc.)

  • Mental health issues (i.e. anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, etc)

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy

  • Self-esteem issues

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Stress and burnout

  • Weight management/body image issues

  • Bereavement, grief and loss 

  • Chronic pain/health counselling

  • Adolescent/youth counselling

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What happens during a counselling session?

For your first visit, you will fill out a brief patient intake and consent form. The clinical counsellor will discuss any questions you have prior to starting to make the process as comfortable and transparent as possible. 


Because everyone seeks clinical counsellors for different reasons, your sessions may differ accordingly. Some people like to come in and talk about their thoughts and feelings without a great deal of interruption from the therapist. However, others may feel intimidated by this and would like more structure or direction. Do not worry if you’re not sure what to talk about during your counselling session. The therapist will lead the conversation to help you figure out what you may be seeking for during your sessions. They may ask you some questions because effective approaches can only be determined with accurate assessments, but you only have to answer what you’re comfortable sharing.

Together, you will decide on some goals for counselling and then formulate an individualized treatment plan with measurable goals and the strategies you will use to meet those goals. 

How long is each session? How many sessions will I need?

Sessions are generally conducted for 40 to 60 minutes, depending on your needs. The number and frequency of sessions depends on the issues you are addressing and what you want to achieve. They can be discussed and determined in a collaborative conversation between you and the clinical counsellor. 

Is it covered by my extended health program?

Some extended health programs specify a fixed amount per year for counselling (e.g. maximum of $500). We recommend you contact your provider to check if counselling is covered under your policy.

Do you offer counselling in other languages?

Olive Tree is pleased to offer clinical counselling in both English and Korean.