Irene V. Peterson

Counselling Services Inc. 

About Us

Irene V. Peterson Counselling Services has been providing professional clinical counselling services to the community for over thirty years. Irene Peterson began her counselling career as a result of her desire and passion to support positive change in individuals and families. Since then, the counselling practice has grown and expanded to include many skilled, professional and committed therapists. As a counselling group, we are driven by our belief in an individual’s ability to changeand transform their lives to reflect their full potential.



We provide counselling for individuals, couples, children, and families on a variety of issues. Visit the 'therapists' tab to find the professional that best suits your individual needs.  


We provide 10 week trauma groups for both men and women. Areas addressed include: common effects of trauma, communication, boundaries, anger, emotions, self-esteem and relationships. Registration, and a commitment to the full 10 week process, is required. For more information, please contact our office.


We provide functional and behavioural assessments for both individuals and families. These assessments examine individual and family dynamics, and provide a guide for a positiveintervention plan. For more information please contact our office.


We offer three types of consultation services:
1. Facilitating a healthy workplace environment
2. Paraprofessional and professional clinical supervision
3. Consultations for strategic planning for organizations or groups

About Therapy

How long are the sessions?

Counselling sessions are typically one hour in length. Arrangements for longer/shorter sessions can be made in consultation with the therapist.

How do I choose a therapist?

Choosing the best therapist to work with you and/or your family is an important decision and there are some important things to keep in mind. Firstly, most extended health care plans have a certain claim limit towards counselling sessions as well as the type of therapist such as a Registered Clinical Counsellor or a Psychologist. If you are utilizing your extended health benefits, ensure that you check to make sure that your counselling will be reimbursed. Secondly, it is wise to know some of the therapist educational and clinical experience. This includes ensuring professional registration, clinical training and liability insurance. Thirdly, keep in mind that you want a therapist who is knowledgeable about the area you want help with. Lastly, remember that you are paying for a service and it is imperative that you feel comfortable with your therapist. You can approach the first session as an opportunity for you to interview the therapist in order to determine whether you feel comfortable with the therapist. If you do not feel comfortable, the therapist can refer you to another therapist who might be a better fit.

What is confidentiality?

When can confidentiality be broken? Confidentiality means that all communications and records relating to the provision of clinical services are private and confidential. This information may not be disclosed without your written consent. It is important to know that the law places certain limits on the confidential nature of clinical services. These limits may arise if the therapist perceives that there is a risk of harm in situations such as the following:

  • If you present an imminent danger to yourself or others, the law requires that steps be taken to prevent such harm;
  • If a child is in need of protection, a report must be filed with the appropriate agency or authority;
  • If a vulnerable adult is abused or neglected, a report needs to be filed with appropriate government agency.
What are the fees and preferred method of payment?

The accepted methods of payment are cash or cheque. The fees range depending on the therapist or psychologist you choose to see. Please call the office for more information. Please note that if 24 hours notice is not given for a cancellation, the client will be billed for the missed session.

Benefits of Therapy

There are many benefits to therapy and each individual determines their personal goals in therapy. Therapy can help a person to gain new understanding about their lives and how it is currently assisting or hindering them in achieving their personal goals. Therapy allows a person to learn new ways of coping and solving their own identified problems. Therapy can help a person to develop new skills and to change behaviour patterns. Therapy can contribute to improved ability to cope with stress and difficult situations and can increase understanding of self and others. Essentially, the therapy process is a personal one between the individual and the therapist. The therapist is there to help an individual achieve their own goals not the goals of the therapist. Although a therapist can help a person identify the goals they would like to achieve, the therapist does not tell a person what is their ‘problem’.

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (make link to is a method of therapy that has been extensively researched and proven effective for treating people who have survived a traumatic event. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements of many different treatment approached. EMDR has been developed and evolved through the contributions of therapist and researches all over the world.

What is a Registered Clinical Counsellor?

A RCC is a person approved for private practice and is a registered licensed professional. Most have a Master’s degree in a mental health related field. They provide assessments and therapeutic counselling for people of all ages.

What is a Registered Social Worker?

A RSW is a person who has been approved by the College of Social Workers to practice in BC. They have credentials that meet established standards, have made a commitment to adhere to Code of Ethics and promote excellence in social work practice by encouraging high standards of practice.

What is a Registered Psychologist?

Psychologists are health care professionals with extensive education and training devoted to emotional health and well-being. They are regulated under the Health Professions Act and rigorous ethical and professional standards set by the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. Psychological services are usually covered in part by Extended Health Plans and can also be claimed as a health care expense on your income tax.

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