Virtuous Circle Counselling


Edmonton Counselling, Therapy & Therapists

Edmonton Counselling Therapy

Welcome to Virtuous Circle Counselling, your dedicated partner for comprehensive counselling and therapy services in Edmonton, Alberta. Our Edmonton counselling clinic is where you can get help to overcome life’s challenges, enhance your emotional well-being, and foster personal growth. With a team of experienced therapists and a commitment to delivering exceptional services, we are ready to support you on your journey to a healthier, happier you.

Life often brings forth remarkable experiences alongside numerous challenges, many of which are beyond our control. Unkind thoughts can lead us into negative realms, where anxiety, depression, and overwhelm may seize hold. Our primary aim is to facilitate your swift return to feeling like yourself. Individuals typically turn to therapy when they struggle to cope alone, often initially resisting the idea of seeking help. We recognize that taking the first step can be challenging, which is why we prioritize ensuring you feel comfortable and understood with a therapist who is approachable and easy to talk to. Our Edmonton therapists can help.


Our Edmonton Therapists

Justine Jacques Edmonton Therapist
Justine Jacques
Registered Provisional Psychologist/Therapist
Davinder Pandher, Registered Psychologist | Virtuous Circle Counselling
Davinder Pandher
MACP, DCP Candidate
Registered Psychologist/ Therapist

Benefits Of Counselling Therapy

The counselling process is, in many ways, like an educational experience. The individual can learn more about him/herself but also acquire new skills. Sometimes, counselling involves learning more about a particular condition (e.g., depression, anxiety, eating disorders) by which the person is affected, so that he/she can better understand treatment options.

Below are some examples of what someone can gain from personal counselling:                

  •     improved communication and interpersonal skills
  •     greater self-acceptance and self-esteem
  •     ability to change self-defeating behaviors/habits
  •     better expression and management of emotions, including anger
  •     relief from depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions
  •     increased confidence and decision-making skills
  •     ability to manage stress effectively
  •     improved problem-solving and conflict resolution abilities
  •     greater sense of self and purpose
  •     recognition of distorted thinking

Edmonton Couselling Services

Are you seeking guidance and support to navigate life’s obstacles, improve mental well-being, and foster more fulfilling relationships? Virtuous Circle Counselling offers an extensive array of Edmonton counselling services that cater to diverse needs:

Individual Counselling

Our expert therapists provide one-on-one sessions to help you gain insight into your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Through personalised strategies, we empower you to overcome challenges and build emotional resilience.

Relationship Counselling

Struggling with communication, trust, or intimacy? Our relationship counselling fosters healthier dynamics and facilitates effective communication, helping couples rediscover their connection.

Family Counselling

Addressing family conflicts and improving dynamics is essential for a harmonious household. Our family counselling focuses on enhancing communication and resolving conflicts to create a nurturing environment.

Specialised Counselling

Our Edmonton counselling services extend to specialised areas, ensuring that your unique needs are met. This includes:

  • Depression Counselling: Our therapists provide a supportive environment to explore the roots of your depression and develop coping strategies to improve your emotional well-being.
  • Anxiety Counselling: Learn techniques to manage anxiety and regain control over your thoughts and emotions, fostering a sense of calm and tranquillity.
  • Anger Management: Our anger management counselling helps you understand and manage your anger constructively, leading to healthier relationships and effective communication.
  • Trauma Counselling: Overcome the impact of traumatic experiences through specialised therapies that promote healing and resilience.
  • Grief Counselling: Our compassionate therapists guide you through the grieving process, offering tools to cope with loss and find a renewed sense of purpose.
Edmonton Therapy

Edmonton Therapy Services

At Virtuous Circle Counselling, we employ diverse therapeutic models to ensure effective and personalised healing:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Identifying and Transforming Thought Patterns: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a widely acclaimed approach that empowers you to identify and modify negative thought patterns and behaviours. Through collaborative exploration, you’ll gain insights into how your thoughts impact your emotions and actions. Our skilled therapists guide you in developing practical strategies to manage challenges, fostering a more constructive and resilient mindset.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, aiming to help individuals manage intense emotions and improve relationships. DBT integrates acceptance and change strategies, focusing on four core skill areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Mindfulness fosters present-moment awareness, while distress tolerance equips individuals with coping strategies. Emotion regulation skills aid in identifying and managing emotions effectively, and interpersonal effectiveness focuses on improving communication and relationships. DBT combines individual therapy, skills training groups, phone coaching, and therapist consultation teams to provide practical tools for creating a balanced and fulfilling life.

EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

Processing Traumatic Memories: Effective for trauma and PTSD, EMDR Therapy utilises bilateral stimulation to facilitate the processing of distressing memories. Our therapists guide you through controlled eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation, helping your brain reprocess traumatic memories and alleviating associated symptoms. This innovative approach promotes emotional healing and resilience.

Mindfulness Therapy

Cultivating Present-moment Awareness: Mindfulness Therapy involves cultivating present-moment awareness and non-judgmental acceptance. Through guided exercises, you’ll learn to observe your thoughts, emotions, and sensations without attachment. This practice enhances self-awareness, reduces stress, and promotes emotional regulation. Mindfulness empowers you to develop a balanced outlook on life and make intentional choices.

ART Therapy (Accelerated Resolution Therapy)

Rapid Healing Through Eye Movements: ART Therapy harnesses the power of rapid eye movements to reprocess traumatic memories. This innovative approach leads to emotional healing and relief from symptoms. Our therapists guide you through controlled eye movements, helping your brain restructure the way distressing memories are stored, resulting in a more adaptive emotional response.

Prolonged Exposure Therapy

Gradual Desensitisation for PTSD: Prolonged Exposure Therapy addresses PTSD by gradually exposing you to distressing memories and situations. Through controlled and structured sessions, you’ll experience reduced sensitivity to triggers and a decrease in associated symptoms. Our therapists provide a safe and supportive environment as you work towards desensitisation and emotional healing.

Why Choose Virtuous Circle Counselling for Edmonton Counselling Services?

At Virtuous Circle Counselling, we understand the importance of finding the right support for your mental and emotional health. Our Edmonton counselling location offers:

Expert Therapists

Our team consists of highly skilled and experienced therapists, each specialising in specific areas. We tailor our approach to your unique needs, ensuring you receive personalised care.

Comprehensive Services

From individual counselling to couples therapy and family counselling, we offer a range of services to cater to your specific requirements.

Client-Centered Approach

We collaborate with you to create a customised treatment plan that aligns with your goals and values. Your journey towards emotional wellness is guided by your input and preferences.

Edmonton Counselling

Why Choose a Local Edmonton Therapist?

  • Selecting a local counselling psychologist or registered therapist who resides in Edmonton ensures an understanding of the region’s challenges and culture.
  • Building a therapeutic relationship with someone in your local community can foster a sense of connection and trust, as you may share common experiences or understandings of local dynamics.

  • Proximity allows for easier access to appointments, reducing travel time and making it more convenient to attend sessions regularly.
  • Our therapists employ evidence-based therapies with practical real-life applications. Our adept psychology team is well-versed in local resources and can facilitate connections to additional services as needed.
  • At Virtuous Circle Counselling, our team of psychologists, therapists, and counsellors is adept, compassionate, and inclusive, catering to individuals from diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and walks of life.

Navigating Your Path to Emotional Wellness in Edmonton

As you consider counselling services in Edmonton, you may have questions about coverage, finding the right professional, and the difference between counsellors and psychologists. We’re here to provide the answers you need to make informed decisions:

Coverage and Accessibility

While counselling services are not covered by Alberta Healthcare, many extended health insurance plans offer coverage. Our team is dedicated to making counselling accessible and offers competitive rates.

Finding the Right Counsellor

Finding the right fit is crucial. Research counselling centres and read reviews. Or better yet, schedule a complimentary consultation with us to discuss your needs and meet our therapists.

Counsellor vs. Psychologist

Unsure about the difference? Counsellors offer talk therapy for a range of concerns. Psychologists have advanced training and may offer specialised assessments. Our team can guide you towards the best fit.

Take the First Step Towards Emotional Wellness with Virtuous Circle Counselling

Are you ready to prioritize your emotional well-being and embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and personal growth? At Virtuous Circle Counselling, we are committed to supporting you every step of the way. Our team of compassionate therapists brings a wealth of experience and expertise to help you navigate life’s challenges, develop resilience, and cultivate a sense of fulfillment. We understand that seeking therapy can be a significant decision, and we’re here to provide a safe and supportive space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences without judgment. Your well-being is our utmost priority, and we are honored to accompany you on your journey towards a happier, healthier, and more authentic life. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply seeking personal growth and fulfillment, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation and take the first step towards a happier and healthier you. 

Edmonton Therapy FAQ

Alberta Health Care does not cover counselling services but Blue Cross or other extended health insurance might. Regardless, your emotional well-being is essential to living a fulfilled life and is worth investing in.

Counselling or therapy may be recommended when any type of mental health or emotional concern affects the functioning of your day-to-day life. Counselling and therapy can help you to better understand your thoughts and cope with any hard feelings you may be experiencing.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, also known as CBT, is widely used in the treatment of anxiety disorders but there may be other options worth discussing with your therapist.

It is important to do some research before settling on a therapist. Check for experience, credentials and licensing. You may also ask if your therapist will provide you with a consultation before your first session so you may assess if they will be a good personal fit with you.

The cost of therapy in Edmonton, like in any other city, can vary depending on several factors such as the type of therapy, the qualifications and experience of the therapist, and the specific clinic or practice. On average, our individual therapy sessions in Edmonton can range from around $200 to $220 per hour.

A therapist is a trained professional who establishes a safe and trusting environment to help individuals, couples, families, or groups address emotional, psychological, and behavioral issues. Through assessment, goal-setting, and the establishment of a therapeutic relationship, therapists provide support, empathy, and psychoeducation to facilitate insight, self-awareness, and coping skills development. They assist clients in exploring and processing emotions, teaching practical techniques to manage stress and regulate emotions. Utilizing behavioral interventions, therapists help clients modify unhelpful behaviors and monitor progress towards therapy goals, aiming to empower clients to lead more fulfilling lives.

Counselling and therapy are often used interchangeably, but they have nuanced differences. Counselling typically targets specific issues and is more short-term and solution-focused. It aims to provide practical guidance for challenges like relationship issues or stress management. Therapy, on the other hand, delves deeper into emotional and psychological issues, often involving longer-term exploration and transformation. Therapists may employ psychotherapy techniques that address underlying patterns or traumas, making it suitable for more severe or complex mental health issues. Overall, while both provide mental health support, counselling focuses on immediate concerns with practical strategies, whereas therapy offers deeper exploration for long-term personal growth and healing.

Book Your Appointment Online

We are currently accepting new clients however being a good fit is everything in a therapeutic alliance. When you’re ready, please contact us for a free 30-minute phone consultation to see if we match your needs and goals.

We at Virtuous Circle Counselling acknowledge Moh’kinstsis, the lands where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet, in what we currently call Calgary. We acknowledge that we are visitors on Moh’kinsstis and acknowledge the Blackfoot are those who named this area as Moh’kinsstis. In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, we recognize the ancestral territories, cultures, and oral practices of the Blackfoot people, the Îyarhe Nakoda Nations, the Dene people of the Tsuut’ina Nation, and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.