Oi-Wah Whitbourne, M.A., CPC
|Professions: Counselling, Pastoral Counseling|
|License Status: Other (see below)|
|Primary Credential: Certified Professional Counsellor (CPC)|
Billing and Insurance
Fees: $85 per session for individuals; $120 per session for couples
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I believe all people are created in the image of God with profound dignity. We are all given the basic attributes and abilities to aspire for good things in life for ourselves and our families. When people are in need of help, they generally have difficulties seeing a way out beyond their current situation due to the distortion in their thinking process and/or the emotions experienced that are confusing. I encourage and validate any emotions that are experienced by my clients. I help them to see their own resources - internal strength and the external supports (from their stories). This will empower them to solve their own problems. Ultimately, I want to help my clients to see their own thinking that may be distorted by whatever reasons. If they are willing to work on changing their distorted thinking (coming from their own lack of self-esteem or from others), there are always something (no matter how small) they can do to change their situations. I celebrate any success with them.
Email or Call Oi-Wah Whitbourne, M.A., CPC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 11508
More Info About My Practice
I will pledge confidentiality and go over confidentiality exceptions (dealing with court; harming self and/or others) with my clients. My fee is $120 for couple counselling and $85 for individual (women) counselling.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Codependency is something I have suffered with for a long time without knowing. As part of the curriculum in my counselling training, I had gone through counselling myself. I discovered many of my struggles matched the symptoms/elements of Codependency. I desperately needed to be needed and got resentful; my need for approval kept me vigilant and exhausted; I was very competitive and miserable.
Over time, I worked through my issues as I learned to set some healthy boundaries. I seeked to understand why I felt the way I did. Since then, I recognize many people struggle with Codependency traits - some more severe than the others. As I have come through the struggles and am able to have freedom, I am passionate to help others to accept themselves, face their struggles and work toward change.
My Role as a Therapist
I believe my role as a therapist is:
1. to actively listen to my client - My ability to listen and validate what is going on in my client's life is most important.
2. to assess what may be the issues - Often the presenting problem may not be the real issue in my client's struggles. When a person is upset or overwhelmed, the issues may be confusing and multi-layered. Helping my client to identify what the issues are can be very calming and hopeful.
3. to collaborate with my client to work out a plan in terms of treatment or changes need to take place in the course of counselling.
4. to help my client to see his/her own resources - internal strength & wisdom and external support with family and friends. Client can draw from these resources outside of counselling. Client may not see it when everything is confusing; counsellor can help to point that out.
5. to move toward completing counselling - codependency in counselling relationship may be as harmful as the issues clients face. My job is to encourage my client to put things into practice and celebrate with my client for even little successes. Eventually let client stand on his/her own.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Group Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Women from South Asian background,
Women experience domestic abuses,
People experience grief & loss
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