Frequently Asked Questions

Nadja Graham, Registered Clinical and Career Counsellor | Lloyd Counselling, Vancouver
 
Is Career Coaching the same as Career Counselling? What are Lloyd Counselling's qualifications?
 
No — unlike career coaches, we are...

 

  • Registered Clinical Counsellors with Masters Degrees in Counselling Psychology accepted by the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)

  • Covered by most extended healthcare providers

  • Professionally trained in and qualified to work with mental health issues affecting your career: anxiety (perfectionism), depression (lack of motivation), etc.

  • Professionally trained in and qualified to work with learning disabilities and atypical styles of learning that impact school and career choices

 
Amy is a certified psychotherapist, Registered Rehabilitation Professional and is recognized as an Expert Witness in Vocational Rehabilitation from the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

 

Amy trained under one of Western Canada's premier vocational experts and tested 1000s of individuals for their vocational potential, including the following:

 

  • Aptitude levels

  • Vocational/psychological functioning

  • Vocational interests

  • Academic achievement

  • Intellectual functioning

  • Personality

 

Amy has extensive experience working with individuals affected by accident or injury whom need to find alternative career options (within the Personal Injury litigation system, WorksafeBC,  and Private Insurance companies).

 

Amy was the pilot program facilitator for the YWCA/ UBC Single Parent Support Group for single mothers studying in undergraduate and graduate programs.

 

Nadja is a certified psychotherapist with a background in Human Resources, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselling, and Child/Youth and Adult Mental Health.

 

Nadja founded the ADHD Centre for Treatment Services and has extensive experience with crisis management and working with at-risk youth. She specializes in working with individuals re-entering the workforce and youth struggling with anxiety and perfectionism, affecting many aspects of vocational outcomes.

 

Together, we have 30 years of professional experience.

 

We are qualified to provide expert comprehensive insight into your career with our highly effective combination of psychotherapy, vocational assessment, and psychometric testing.

 
Can I pay in installments? Is there a sliding fee scale? Can I get a student/special rate?
 

As Registered Clinical Counsellors our services are covered by most extended healthcare providers. We provide a receipt at the end of each session, which you can submit for compensation.

Please note that no front-end commitment for the Career Exploration Packages is necessary as the intake is the same (your background, history, goals, and career ideas). If you would like to move on to the packages, the intake fee is deducted from the package fee. 

 

Please check the Promotions page for special offers.

 
What do the sessions for the Career Counselling Packages fully entail?
 

We initially meet with you for a history-taking interview (1 hour). This interview reviews your background, including school and work experience, as well as interests, activities, and hobbies that were meaningful in your life. We also discuss current ideas around possible careers and what you hope to gain from career counselling.

 

We are interested in taking into account where you are in your present work and personal life, and how this may (or may not) fit with your current career choices or future occupational aspirations.

 

Following the first interview session, I choose a battery of suitable psychometric tests to be completed in the second session (typically from 1– 2 hours of testing dependent on your specific needs). 

 

More importantly, in many cases, we can test your interests and values around work as well as your unique personality (Myers-Briggs and Work Personality Index tests) as it relates to the work setting and culture of various occupations. These tests, along with the background interview, lend to a more holistic overview of you as an individual.

 

In the third session (2 hours) we review and interpret the tests and you gain further insight into areas that seem suitable (or not so suitable) to your particular Interests, Work Values, Personality, and Work Behaviour as potential career paths. We then have you take time to reflect and explore some of these career options before meeting again.

 

In our post-interpretation session, you will share insights you have gained from the testing results and together we collaborate on potential career options. Usually, from five or more top choices, three choices are targeted and then investigated in more detail. As we look at the options, we give you professional feedback and insights on the suitability of these careers. Together, we envision the steps in learning more about and choosing an occupational path for moving towards your vocational goal. This entails your customized vocational report.

 

Your vocational report includes the incorporation of your choices and ideas, the testing results, along with the use of the “hard facts” such as career profile information, occupational income data (based on census data), futures data (which gives insight into each jobs future growth), and schooling options. We can also provide training institute information, including the following: program prerequisites, costs, full-time or part-time program options, and start dates.

 

After you receive your customized report, and depending on the counselling package chosen, we may also connect the client to a professional in their targeted career area for an informational interview. Further follow-up session time and phone contact is included in some packages.)

 

Who are the “typical” clients using these packages?

 

Our clients include the following: pre- and post-high school graduates, university undergraduates, those researching graduate programs and trade and technical schools, those desiring a mid-career change, and those forced through injury or medical diagnosis to change their occupation. Our Career Exploration Packages are suitable for many different types of clients and are customized for individual needs. 

 

Over the past 10 years we have worked with private clients as well as clients referred to us by Canadian and European insurance agencies, The Workers Compensation Board of BC, Simon Fraser University, rehabilitation organizations, MS societies, divorce lawyers, employment lawyers, and personal injury litigation firms.

 

What can a client really achieve from this kind of counselling?
 

At the close of your career counselling sessions, it is our goal that you will be set to independently move forward in a career direction which you have thoroughly explored, and wherein you now possess personal insight regarding suitability and an awareness of the occupational information (data) needed to make appropriate career training or career transition choices. These insights are often a very empowering and exciting experience for our clients.

 

What if a client lives outside of Vancouver?


All session services are available via online delivery and the testing can be done via our secured psychometric webpage with Psychometrics Canada. We have completed these packages with clients located outside the Lower Mainland, in provinces outside of BC, and in Europe.

 

 

We hope this has provided you with an overview of our career counselling services.  
Please contact us if there is anything more you would like clarified.