Counselling is a partnership where we stand together and look at where we have come from, where we currently are and where we want to be. We walk together through the tough stuff of life and into the mystery and possibility of tomorrow. We work together to create new possibilities from old experiences.
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny...”
“Your way of thinking develops your perspective and your perspetive becomes your reality.”
Meet Rick Berghauser and Kara Fogwell
I began my career in counselling in 1993 when I entered the helping field working as a Child and Youth Care Counsellor in a residential foster care community. Since this early experience I have worked with biological parents and their families, foster and adoptive parents and their families as well as individual children, youth and adults.
My goal is to help individuals, families and working groups to see how their way of viewing their world affects themselves and those around them. By gaining a new and clear perspective of our current and past situations, we are better equipped to move forward with purpose and direction.
I use cognitive behavioural therapy, positive psychology, Attachment Theory and John Gottman’s work in my approach to counselling and work from a Christian worldview. I understand that counselling can be intimidating and may seem quite uncomfortable for some. Many individuals would like to participate in counselling but feel afraid of the unknown. The idea of entering an office with a stranger and opening up about personal experiences, feelings, fears and beliefs can be intimidating and can keep some from experiencing the many benefits a therapeutic coaching experience can bring. However, I encourage you to call and see how this could be a life changing experience for you.
As a counsellor I hope to help guide my clients towards their desired change by exploring their relationship with themselves and their experience. By exploring your experience, you become aware of the ways in which your thinking and behaviour has you stuck where you are. Awareness of your thinking and behaviour provides the space to make intentional change. The practice of mindfulness is particularly beneficial for the development of this awareness. I also believe that individual emotional experience can serve as a guide along your life journey. For this reason, I like to use emotion-focused experiences within the therapeutic setting as a way to connect with clients, and learn what approaches are best suited in reaching their goals.
My past experience includes social service case management experience. I also have an extensive background within the field of developmental services providing a variety of developmental and family programming and supports for infants, children, youth, and adults with developmental differences. From these experiences I have developed an appreciation for the impact our early development and environment can have on our current life experiences.
I have used mindfulness and meditation practices for more than 10 years and have developed a real appreciation for their benefits. More recently I have begun the certification process for Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and appreciate the use of mindful strategies within the therapeutic setting.
I also incorporate the use of strength-based and person-centered approaches as a foundation to all of the work that I do with clients. These practices reflect my belief that the client understands themselves best and that within each person lies the potential and desire to create the change they are looking to make. I look forward to meeting with you and having the opportunity to work together.
$150/ Per session
Business & Corporate
Custom counselling and team building programs can be developed for your business’ needs.