Barbara Fish Counselling Services ... helping your life work

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why should I choose your service?

Barbara Fish is uniquely qualified to provide a sensitive, effective and comprehensive process. With a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, training in cognitive behavioural techniques, and as a Registered Psychotherapist, Barbara is an experienced personal and career counsellor, able to assist you with intuition, insight, and compassion.

With certificates in teaching and special education, and experience as a special education teacher, remediation specialist, and psycho-educational/vocational consultant, she has also developed expertise regarding the impact of learning and attention difficulties in school, the work place and in life.

Her years of working with a wide cross-section of the population with personal, academic and career concerns make her eminently qualified to be sensitive to and knowledgeable about your needs. Barbara has the training, the background and the experience to serve you with care and excellence.

2. How can you accommodate my special needs?

The process is customized to suit the learning style and specific needs of all clients. The office is fully wheelchair accessible. Coaching over the phone or via Skype or e-mail is also available.

3. What is the difference between counselling and coaching?

While there are many similarities and overlaps between counselling and coaching, the main difference is focus. In counselling, there may be an emphasis on focusing on the past and its impact on the present. In coaching, the emphasis is more on the present and the future. While some counsellors help clients set goals, setting and achieving goals are the cornerstone of the coaching process. The duration and depth of exploration is greater in the counselling process, so coaching is often found to be a more economical and efficient process for the fast-track client. While counselling is usually done face-to face, coaching can often be done by phone.

As in all the services provided by Barbara Fish Counselling Services, you can expect the counselling and coaching processes to be collaborative ones. Developing a plan of action is done jointly with guidance and support.

4. What can I expect from personal coaching?

You can expect to receive help with simplifying, organizing and balancing your life. You will receive guidance in becoming more proactive in your career, educational and personal endeavours. You will learn strategies to help you stop spinning your wheels and to start taking action.

5. What can I expect from psychotherapy?

You can expect to receive help with living a more conscious life, increasing your confidence, and improving your mood. You will learn strategies to better deal with life’s disappointments, to assert your needs, and to start feeling better.

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For more information, or to book an appointment at her Toronto office,
please contact Barbara by telephone at 416-498-1352 or by email at