Christine MacMillan Counselling and Consulting
Christine MacMillan Counselling and Consulting

"Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know." - Pema Chodron


In order to meet your needs and preferences, services can be offered:

  1. In an office setting
  2. In the comfort of your home
  3. On-line through secure e-mails (E-Counselling)
  4. Telephone appointments
  5. Telephone support also offered between personal meetings


Short -term counselling and therapeutic intervention offered for:

  1. Bereavement (offered in the comfort of your home; evening/weekend appointments available)
  2. Grief and Loss
  3. Understanding and managing depression and anxiety
  4. Emotional adjustment to injury or illness
  5. End of life counselling support for individuals and/or family unit
  6. Self-esteem issues and healthy boundaries setting
  7. Holding on…..Letting Go” specialized service to  support in the emotional process of sorting and dispersing of a loved  one’s belongings after a death. Please call for further information.


What Is E-Counselling?E-Counselling is an electronic version of a  professional relationship between you and me, which allows us to  communicate via a secure, encrypted, web based service. It is similar to  traditional,  face-to-face counselling except we will exchange secure  emails instead of meeting personally.  The emails can be exchanged over a  period of days or even weeks depending on your availability and/or  desire. All our sessions are conducted through a secure email service.

What are the pros and cons of E-Counselling?
Pros:

  • Convenient, time efficient
  • Accessible to those in remote areas, have transportation or accessibility issues
  • Have a  permanent record of sessions for review
  • Anonymity may allow for greater disclosure
  • Allows for time for reflection and pacing of counselling
  • Writing out your thoughts may aid in processing and resolving of the issue

Cons:

  • Maybe more difficult to establish a therapeutic  relationship
  • Risk of misunderstanding because of the absence of physical cues
  • Possible privacy and security issues (which is the case with any online activity)
  • Not suitable for individuals under the age of 18 years
  • Is not suitable for certain types of mental health conditions–please see below


IMPORTANT: E-counselling  is NOT INTENDED for anyone experiencing severe mental health conditions  such as bipolar, schizophrenia or severe depression. It IS NOT intended  to be used in place of personal psychotherapy and/or meetings with your  psychiatrist. It is not suitable for anyone who is having suicidal  thoughts, homicidal feelings or has suffered from abuse or trauma.IF you are experiencing an acute or severe mental health crisis and/or having suicidal thoughts, please immediately contact:

  • The Crisis Centre at 519-973-4435, 24 hour crisis line
  • The Distress Centre at 519-256-5000, 12 noon to 12 midnight, 365 days/year
  • Go immediately to the Emergency Department at Windsor Regional Hospital, Ouellette Campus at 1030 Ouellette Ave, Windsor
  • Go to your local crisis centre/emergency department
  • Call 911