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Top 10 Questions

  1. What is your experience?
  2. How long have you been practicing in Vancouver?
  3. How do I pay for psychotherapy?
  4. How do I book and guarantee an appointment?
  5. Where are you located?
  6. Will my sessions be kept confidential?
  7. How long does therapy take?
  8. How do I choose a psychotherapist / clinical counsellor?
  9. What is it like to be in therapy with you?
  10. What is your theory behind your practice of psychotherapy?
 
 

1. What is your experience?

After completing my B.A. in English literature in 1969, I returned to UBC in 1981, graduating in 1983 with my B.S.W. in Social Work. Before beginning my graduate studies (and my private practice) in Counselling Psychology, I briefly worked as a Social Worker for the Ministry for Children and Family Development. Prior to turning my attention solely to private practice, I worked for a number of community-based organizations in the Metro Vancouver area. These included The Elizabeth Fry Society, the BC Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, The McLaren Housing Society and the Lifeline Society. Volunteer work included providing counselling (individual and group therapy) at AIDS Vancouver and at the Vancouver Association for the Survivors of Torture (VAST). I have also contracted to work with many employee and family assistance programs (EFAP’s) including Health Canada. Since 1997, I have devoted all my time (including contract work) to my private practice.

2. How long have you been practicing in Vancouver?

I have been practicing in the Greater Vancouver area since 1983 when I took on a brief stint working part-time at the Vancouver Detox Centre. 2008 marks my 25th year in practice.

3. How do I pay for psychotherapy?

Paying for therapy can be done in one of these ways:
(1) Cash
(2) Cheque
(3) PayPal

A receipt will be provided for all transactions.

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4. How do I book and guarantee an appointment?

To book or guarantee an appointment, please phone me at
604-879-1944 and leave me a message in my voicemail.

You can also book online by contacting me through my email michael@michaeldanyluk.com.

All messages are confidential. Please provide me with a choice of 3 days and times that might work well for you.

I am prompt in returning calls and messages, most often within the same business day.

Changed or cancelled appointments require 24 hours notice.

5. Where are you located?

Address: Suite 330
1200 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6Z 2C7
Phone: 604.879.1944

The office is located on the south corner of Davie and Burrard Streets - both major Vancouver thoroughfares.

The building is handicap accessible.

6. Will my sessions be kept confidential?

All clients are guaranteed confidentiality within the limits of Canadian law. I try to leave enough time between appointments to allow most clients the privacy they might want.

7. How long does therapy take?

There is no formula as to how long therapy takes. I have seen some clients for a single consultation; others have chosen to engage me for long- term therapy which, on occasion, has continued for several years.

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8. How do I choose a psychotherapist/clinical counsellor?

In choosing a psychotherapist or clinical counsellor, I would begin by looking at the person’s professional counselling qualifications and credentials. I believe that the therapist should have at least a Master’s degree from an accredited institution.

Training in counselling and therapy usually occurs in the fields of Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology and Social Work. The practitioner or clinician should also be registered with a regulating body such as the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. This helps to ensure that the therapist is complying with the highest standards of practice and within the ethical guidelines prescribed by the regulating body.

Also, it is important to determine how long the therapist has been in practice and what issues the therapist has had experience in dealing with.

Finally, clients need to pay attention to the “fit” between themselves and the therapist. Good questions to ask you include: Do I feel heard? Does the therapist demonstrate empathy, care and tact in dealing with my issues? Does the therapist challenge me sufficiently to make the work beneficial and even rewarding?

9. What is it like to be in therapy with you?

I believe that the experience of being in psychotherapy defies description. It is something that must be experienced as opposed to talked about. That said, I try to approach all my clients with the utmost compassion, care and confidentiality.

I believe in establishing a good rapport with all my l clients. My clients tell me that I am a good listener, give appropriate feedback and challenge them humanely when I feel that it might be useful.

10. What is your theory behind your practice of psychotherapy?

I don't believe that one school of thought or mode of treatment is appropriate for all clients. Therefore, I borrow from a number of psychological orientations depending on the needs of the individual client.

In general, much of my practice tends to be both humanistic and involve cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in that understanding and change requires both thought and action. Also, I find it useful to help clients make meaning of their experiences.

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