Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose your service?


Barbara Fish is uniquely qualified to provide a sensitive, effective and comprehensive process. With a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and as a Registered Psychotherapist with training in cognitive behavioural techniques, and an attachment-focused, trauma-informed approach, Barbara is an experienced psychotherapist, able to assist you with intuition, insight, and compassion. With certificates in teaching and special education, and experience as a career counsellor, special education teacher, remediation specialist, and psycho-educational/vocational consultant, she has also developed expertise regarding the impact of learning and attention difficulties in school, the workplace and in life. Her years of working with a wide cross-section of the population with personal, academic and career concerns make her eminently qualified to be sensitive to and knowledgeable about your needs. Barbara has the training, the background and the experience to serve you with care and excellence.




How can you accommodate my special needs?


The process is customized to suit the learning style and specific needs of all clients. Phone and videoconferencing sessions allow you to meet from the safety and comfort of your own home and eliminate the need for commuting and parking.




What is the difference between counselling and coaching?


While there are many similarities and overlaps between counselling and coaching, the main difference is focus. In counselling, there may be an emphasis on focusing on the past and its impact on the present. In coaching, the emphasis is more on the present and the future.

While some counsellors help clients set goals, setting and achieving goals are the cornerstone of the coaching process. The duration and depth of exploration is greater in the counselling process, so coaching is often found to be a more economical and efficient process for the fast-track client.

As in all the services provided by Barbara Fish Counselling Services, you can expect the counselling and coaching processes to be collaborative ones. Developing a plan of action is done jointly with guidance and support.




What can I expect from life coaching?


You can expect to receive help with simplifying, organizing and balancing your life. You will receive guidance in becoming more proactive in your career, educational and personal endeavours. You will learn strategies to help you stop spinning your wheels and to start taking action.




What can I expect from psychotherapy?


You can expect to receive help with living a more conscious life, increasing your confidence, and improving your mood. You will learn strategies to better deal with life’s disappointments, to assert your needs, and to start feeling better.