Frequently Asked Questions about Therapy and Counselling
How Does Counselling Help?
Counselling provides people with an opportunity to discuss
what is happening in their lives in order to:
- Broaden perspectives
- Consider alternatives
- Seek solutions
Counselling can help people to:
- Increase coping strategies
- Increase communication and negotiation skills
- Increase self-esteem
- Increase awareness of strengths
- Process difficult situations like grief and loss or the experience
of a traumatic event
What Can I Talk about in Therapy?
Some of the things individuals, couples
and families have discussed in counselling with me include:
- Childhood Physical, Emotional, Sexual
Abuse and Neglect
- Adult Sexual Assault
- Sexual Addiction
- Other Addictions/Compulsions (alcohol, drugs, computer, gambling)
- Coming out and other gay, lesbian, bisexual life issues
- Sexuality issues
- Relationship problems
- Body image, eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, body dysmorphia),
disordered eating (including binge eating)
- Parent/child conflict
- Transgender/Transsexual issues
- Surviving a traumatic event
- Domestic Violence/Spousal Assault/Emotional Abuse
- Work-related stress
- Coping with chronic/terminal illness (including cancer, M.S.,
- Stress Management
- Bipolar issues
What about Non-monogamy and Open Relationships?
Some couples make a decision to have an
“open relationship” or non-monogamous relationship.
This can mean a variety of things to different couples from having
occasional outside playmates, to having a regular “bed buddy”,
to both members of the couple experimenting together sexually with
outside partners. Having a conversation with a therapist about
the boundaries and expectations of this arrangement can help to
make the experience feel safer and more fulfilling.
Who Goes To Therapy?
- Anyone who has an issue that is acts as a barrier to success
- Anyone who has something difficult to discuss
- Anyone who would like to strategies to manage their situation
How Much Does Therapy Cost?
My fee is $160/hour.
I have access to funding for First Nations and Inuit people who
have a Status Card. If this applies to you, you may be eligible
for counselling at no cost.
If you have private insurance as a benefit through work, my services
may be covered. My services are covered if your plan mentions Registered Social Worker or Registered Marriage and Family Therapist.
Can any therapist use EMDR ?
Only a Masters level therapist who has attended EMDRIA
- approved training can use EMDR.
I am EMDRIA Certified which means I have attended Level 1 and Level 2 training (now known as Basic Training), plus I have met with a certain number of clients and attended consultation with a senior EMDR clinician.
As well, I have attended further training in EMDR Peak Performance (with Sam Foster, one of the two creators of this approach) and Performance Enhancement training with David Grand. In addition, I have further EMDR training on Generalized Anxiety Disorder with Dr. Philippe Gauvreau, on Trauma and Dissociation with several people including Jim Knipe, Kathy Martin and Bessel van der Kolk, and The Feeling State Addiction Protocol with Robert Miller.
In addition, I have attended the EMDRIA International Conference and the EMDR Canada conference regularly (most recently in 2018). I am an EMDRIA-Approved Fraser-Trained Facilitator and an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant.
For more information or to make a confidential
Jeremy Tomlinson, M.Ed., R.S.W.
20 Eglinton Avenue East
416 486 2161