The Bee Team
My name is Brittany Bruce and I am the face behind Bee Positive Counselling. My role as your counsellor is to create a space where my clients feel comfortable enough to explore the parts of themselves that may be painful or overwhelming. I graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2016 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Addictions Counselling.
I am currently a student at Wilfrid Laurier University completing my Master of Social Work, while also studying to take my Canadian Addictions Counsellor certification exam. I have specialized experience working in the areas of addiction, mental health, supporting high-risk youth and supporting our Veteran and currently serving military population.
The Bee Team
My name is Brittany Bruce and I am the face behind Bee Positive Counselling. My role as your therapist is to create a space where my clients feel comfortable enough to explore the parts of themselves that may be painful or overwhelming. I hold a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Addictions Counselling from the University of Lethbridge, and a Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. I am a Registered Social Worker, in good standing, with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (Credential ID: 839802) and a Registered Social Worker with the Government of Northwest Territories (Credential ID: 5000-68566).
As the eldest daughter of a dual-serving, retired military couple, with many years of experience providing clinical counselling to military members, I am passionate about supporting our currently serving and Veteran military population. My practice is focused on supporting Veterans and currently serving military members, and their families with issues related to operational deployments, OSI's, complex PTSD, addiction and family separation/ reintegration.
In addition to this, I also offer addiction and mental health counselling to civilian individuals and couples. My approach to counselling is trauma-informed, anti-racist, identity affirming, sex positive, body positive, harm reduction focused, and strengths-based.
I always like to remind my clients that it is okay to feel unsettled. It is okay to feel disconnected. It is okay to need support. It is okay to not be okay. Feeling like you are struggling is not a personal failure and therapy is just a brave place to hold space for all of these big feelings.
I consider it a privilege to walk alongside you as you navigate these experiences.
A Few Tips for Choosing a Therapist:
You do not have to settle. I always recommend "shopping around" for the right therapist. Sometimes we connect with people and sometimes we don't. It is totally okay to try a few sessions and then decide that someone isn't the right fit for you. Remember that you are coming to sessions because you have a need, take time to "interview" your potential clinicians.
See if the therapist you are considering seeing specializes in the area that aligns with your needs. Usually you can find out what their areas of focus are from their websites or during your initial consultation call.
Make sure your therapist holds a Graduate Degree and is registered with a regulatory body. This information can again usually be found on their website but it is always good to double check. Therapeutic services conducted by unregulated helping professionals can cause harm long term. It is important to make sure your therapist holds the appropriate skills to support you, in a way that is safe and helpful.
Go with your gut. Ask yourself: Does this therapist align with my values and needs? Do I feel respected, seen and valued? Does this therapist seem to hold the level of skill I need to have my needs met?
Additional Things to Consider:
Have I thought about what I might like to get out of counselling?
What insurance providers does the clinician accept? Are sessions covered under your benefits?
If not covered by benefits, are session rates affordable? If not, does the clinician offer a sliding scale?
Does the therapist offer sessions during a time that works for you? (ie. daytime, evenings, weekends etc.)