Learning one has HIV can be a distressing, life-altering experience. Despite the fact that medical treatments continue to progress, allowing for a longer, higher quality of life, individuals diagnosed, or those in relationships with people who have been diagnosed, can experience a variety of feelings. There is much to consider, relative to being diagnosed. Issues such as the stigma attached to having the disease, the shame that some people report, the change in lifestyle, the fear of the disease exacerbating, etc. can all lead to feelings of loneliness, anger, fear, hopelessness and helplessness. Many of the counselors at Healing Telephone Counselling are experienced in working with people who are dealing with HIV/AIDS or who have relations to individual with HIV, /AIDS, such as family, friends or partners. As can be expected, most programs and counseling services are geared to HIV/AIDS prevention; this can include assessing risks as well as creating skills and plans to help reduce risks and make better choices. For those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS counseling can including coping with the reality of having HIV/AIDS, building skills and plans to maximize long term health, and helping to reduce the risks spreading the infection. In addition, the counselors at Healing Telephone Counselling can offer support and provide additional psychoeducation on chronic illness and its effects on one's emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being.
What can you expect from telephone counseling?
Using the phone to talk with a counselor is not much different than what you could expect from an office visit. The therapy we offer at Healing Telephone Counselling, by way of the telephone, can be as effective, or even more effective, than the traditional in-office visits.
You may have anxieties or concerns about office visits and may not be as willing to open up and truly express your feelings and thoughts because it seems too overwhelming or intimidating to sit down, face-to-face with a counselor. By using the telephone, you can discuss without the self-consciousness you may experience sitting across from a mental health professional.
We have many professionals available to help you.
The first step to engaging in therapy is to select from our list of highly qualified professionals. You can do this by both choosing from the list of on this page, and reviewing the different the counselor's profile and listening to an audio introduction if available. Start gradually with a free consultation.
We offer a free 10 minute screening to ensure that you would like to work with that counselor, as it is important that you feel that there is a good match. Once you choose your therapist, you can begin therapy in a way that feels most comfortable to you.
It all starts with learning about your needs.
Your therapist may initially ask you questions about your concerns; explore how your issues are impacting your life, and what are some of your goals. You can choose the pace at which you want to go. This means you can slowly address your issues, or you can choose to share your problems in your initial phone session.
You can expect your counselor to be a non-judgmental, supportive individual. He or she may ask you questions about your thoughts and feelings, and help guide you to exploring issues surrounding your concerns. The counselors at Healing Telephone Counselling are invested in helping you to achieve the goals you would like. They can help provide knowledge and tools that enable you to deal more effectively with your problems.