Dr. Carolyn Burns - Registered Psychologist (#2211)
Carolyn Burns M.A.

Individual Treatment


Choosing the Right Professional for You

Who Should I Go to for Help?

There are many excellent, qualified professionals waiting to help you. Finding the best fit for you is key to your recovery.

Your workplace may have a list of approved resources. These individuals generally have a greater understanding than most about your line of work and the issues you may face.

You can also access qualified professionals by going to the College of Psychologists of British Columbia or the British Columbia Psychological Association websites and search for professionals in your area.

Or if there is someone whose opinion you trust, you can always ask if they have any one they would recommend.

Finally, you may have an Employee Assistance/Peer support program at your workplace. This can be a great source of referrals. Their work with you is confidential.

Things to consider

When picking someone to help you there are a few basic things you will want to consider. Think about what you like. Certainly, you may feel more comfortable talking with either a male or female, and choosing someone you will be able to conveniently access is another practical consideration. If you are able to get to their office easily, you will be more likely to continue seeing them long enough to get things back on track.

Most important is that you trust your instinct. How comfortable you feel with your psychologist often determines success. Here are some things to think about when talking with your psychologist for the first time.

  • Are they qualified to help you? What is their background and training?
  • Ensure they are currently registered with a professional College or formal registering body.
  • What approach (es) do they use? Does that fit for you?
  • Do they have an understanding of your work environment and the pressures you face?
  • Are you comfortable enough to talk openly about what is going on for you?
  • Do you feel safe?
  • Do you feel understood and supported?
  • Do you feel respected?
  • Do they help you feel hopeful that you can overcome whatever is going on?

If you or someone you care about thinks you should be getting help, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Making the decision to seek help is hard to do. Actually taking that step is a sign of strength and courage. If you would like to contact me to talk about whether therapy is right for you, please call (604) 614-0568 or email carolyn.burns@shaw.ca

Based out of Langley, BC, Carolyn Burns provides services to individuals and agencies in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.
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