Our Counselling Philosophy

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Some of the ways in which counselling can be beneficial are through bringing deeper personal insight and helping find better ways of coping with problems. In addition, it can help you improve your relationships with the people in your life.

That said, counselling requires you to be a full participant and be willing to examine difficult topics or memories. It may cause you to feel stronger than normal emotions. We believe that you are the best ‘expert’ of your own life and that in joining you we become partners in your emotional, psychological and spiritual healing. Should you experience anything troubling at any time during counselling please speak with your counsellor about it.

At Celtic Place you will always find a client centered approach, which means that the client knows best and the counsellor simply employs all of their knowledge and skill to assist the client in obtaining emotional and psychological health.


Theoretical Approaches


Existentialism sees each individual as unique and self empowering. Moreover each encounter is unique to that person. Existentialism considers that humans exist first and then that individuals spend their lives changing their nature or the essence of who they are.

In simple terms it is about finding oneself and the meaning of one’s life through free will, choice and personal responsibility. People are searching to find out who and what they are as they move through life making choices based on their beliefs, perspectives and experiences.

In counselling, problems are not seen as something that needs to be overcome. Rather, problems are seen as something that hold a person back from becoming what they were meant to be. It is using life to create one’s unique existence.

Underlying concepts of existentialism include human free will, the realization that decisions are not without stress and consequences and the human essence is created through life choices.

Logotherapy is closely associated with Existentialism and was developed by Victor Frankl. It is a type of existentialist analysis that focuses on a will to meaning as opposed to Adler’s doctrine of will to power or Freud’s will to pleasure. Rather than power or pleasure, logotherapy is founded upon the belief that it is the striving to find a meaning in one’s life that is the primary, most powerful motivating and driving force in humans.

Observed Experiential Integration (OEI)

Observed Experiential Integration is a neurologically based series of trauma integrative techniques used to reduce and resolve the impact of trauma. OEI can be used on its own or in conjunction with other techniques and treatment modalities.

  • Three basic techniques are used in OEI:
  • The client covers and uncovers one eye at a time, while they experience a disturbing thought, feeling or memory.
  • The counsellor tracks stimuli across the visual field while the client is experiencing thoughts, feelings or memories that are disturbing.
  • The counsellor uses a tracking process that helps the client to resolve painful or distressing signals from the body.
  • The ultimate goal of OEI is to integrate thoughts, feelings, sensations or traumatic memory bringing a strong connectedness between the two hemispheres of the brain.
  • OEI has found to be very effective in treating such disorders as PTSD, Dissociative Disorders, Addictions, and Panic Attacks.

Other Therapies and Techniques

Wemake use of many different therapies and techniques depending on the issues and client preference. Such therapies may include EFT’s empty chair work, TDT – Trauma Desensitization Technique developed by Dr. Nancy Reeves, the use of Narrative through storytelling and certain CBT techniques when appropriate.

Please contact us for further information at mailto:info@celticplace.ca.