About Elevate Counselling

Sonya JakosSonya Jakos, MA, CCC

I started working in the human services field in 1992, after graduating from Queen’s University with an Honours degree in Psychology and Sociology. I have been practicing counselling since 1995, after completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Victoria. In 2010 I completed my Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta. I am a proud member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

In my decades of work in the counselling field I have gained valuable experience and growth living and working in Costa Rica, London England, Christchurch New Zealand, Victoria BC, and currently, in the wonderful Cowichan Valley BC. Working in various countries and with different cultures has enhanced my ability to support people from a diversity of backgrounds.

The focus of my counselling work has been in-depth and varied. I have over ten years of experience employed in high risk child and youth mental health services, with local health authorities. I have also counselled clients in acute adult psychiatry. In recent years I have been drawn to the psycho-spiritual aspects and body oriented aspects of counselling. This has led me to complete an internship at Victoria Hospice, complete my training to become a Reiki Master and Level one Hatha yoga teacher, and develop a mindfulness meditation practice as modalities to better inform my counselling practice and counselling services.

My scope of practice has included extensive counselling of individuals, from young children to elderly clients, parenting work, couples counselling, family counselling, and facilitating numerous group counselling programs. I believe in contributing to community, of my professional skills, and have been a volunteer counsellor at Victoria’s Citizens Counselling Centre and I am a volunteer Roots of Empathy instructor at a local school in the Cowichan Valley.

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Philosophy

“People hear you on the level you speak with them. Speak from your heart and they will hear with theirs.” – Marianne Williamson

My intention is to inspire people to mindfully and positively tend to their mind, body, spirit, and relationships with compassion and loving kindness. Counselling can be a resource for exploring life’s challenges and hurts and to heal from them, to broaden one’s perspective, and to help build on strengths and skill sets for personal and relational growth. ‘Happiness is an inner journey’ and through counselling you can connect with your inner guidance system, recognize your personal influence and responsibility in a situation, and re-invent, re-create, and re-imagine how you might like your life to look, in co-collaboration with a supportive counsellor.

You are of value, no matter your age or background. It is your right to set and achieve goals and to nurture a life you want to lead. Not only are you capable of self-love and loving, meaningful relationships, but also, with resilience and courage within, along with some tools for change, you can face the sometimes unsettling, imperfect, and sometimes painful nature of humanness.

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Therapeutic Approach

“You are a much stronger swimmer in this sea of life than you may realize.”  – Robert Allen

The counsellor relationship is one based on building trust and a collaborative partnership. Your expectations or what you hope to get out of counselling will guide the process.  My intention is to work with the strengths and interests that each person brings to the process of awareness and change. One of my strengths as a counsellor is to form a genuine connection between myself and my clients of any age. It is always my primary goal to create a safe, nurturing, engaging, and hopeful environment for clients.

I have studied numerous approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. I draw upon modalities focussed on traditions rooted in ancient wisdom to contemporary neuroscience. I utilize a mindful and intuitive approach, along with evidence-based counselling modalities, to assist my clients with the goals and hopes they have identified for counselling. The counselling plan that is created by the client and myself matches the goals, personality, and unique perspective of the client. I have extensive experience utilizing the following counselling approaches:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, including Mindfulness based CBT
  • Solution Focussed Therapy
  • EMDR trained therapist
  • Non-violent Communication (NVC)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems and Satir Based family therapy; Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Somatic and body oriented counselling
  • Health Psychology practices such as nature based counselling and movement therapy
  • Psycho-spiritual practices
  • Psycho-education and skills building; this is an important part of my work with youth, parents, and families. Practical skills and strategies can help to improve things such as a person’s adaptive responses to situations and help with emotional regulation.
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Services Offered

“You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being…because you decide to believe it and for no other reason.” – Wayne Dyer

With the counselling services I offer, my current primary areas of practice include seeing youth, parents, family counselling, adults, and couples. Not only for adults but children and youth too are deserving of respect and need to have a voice in their own lives, including in the counselling relationship.

I value working with youth and their families/caregivers together, to explore ways to strengthen communication and family dynamics, fostering greater family harmony.

I offer a complimentary phone consultation, which gives you the opportunity to see if we would be a good fit for working together.

What does the counselling process look like?

In your first session you and I will discuss and mutually agree upon the following things:

  • What can be expected from counselling
  • What the limits of confidentiality are
  • Emergency contact information
  • A review of the intake information sheet
  • Your hopes and goals from counselling
  • A general plan for the counselling process
  • Any other important agreements or considerations
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Fees and Forms

I am registered with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association as a certified member (CCC 10000386). This designation is recognized by many insurance companies including SunLife Insurance, Manulife, Blue Cross, and Green Shield. It is the client’s responsibility to check with insurance providers, either through extended health benefit plans or employee benefit plans, if counselling services from a Canadian certified counsellor are covered.

My session fee is $100 per hour. Sessions longer than the normal hour will be billed accordingly.

Fees are due at the time of your session and can be paid by cash, cheque, or email money transfer. You will be provided with a receipt that includes my designation and registration number with the CCPA. This can be kept for your records for income tax purposes.

If finances are a concern, please discuss it with me during our initial consultation. I will do my best to make fair and feasible arrangements.

Kindly give 24 hours advance notice if you need to cancel or reschedule appointments. Session fees will be charged for missed appointments and late cancellations.

Follow-up telephone consultations with parents and caregivers of youth clients will be charged in 15 minute increments.

Forms for Youth Clients

Forms for Adult Clients

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Contact / Connect

I currently see clients in various locations in the Cowichan Valley. The options will be discussed with you upon booking an appointment for counseling services.

Email: sonya@elevatecounselling.ca
Confidential Voicemail: 250-891-3200
All voicemail and email messages will be answered within 48 hours.

I would love to hear from you and look forward to an opportunity to supporting you in your growth.

Sonya