Professional Counselling Services
Centre for Sexuality offers free, short-term counselling services to help people address challenges related to sexuality and sexual health.
Our counselling supports take a holistic and client-centered approach, meaning we recognize individuals as experts on their own lives and agents of their own change. In all sessions, we focus on helping clients build effective tools to better understand themselves and to achieve their own self-identified goals. We do not offer advice or tell clients what to do.
Did you know you can book our Counselling Services online?
We have teamed up with other Calgary agencies to help Calgarians quickly and easily access various counselling and social supports. Visit www.CommunityConnectYYC.ca where you can book online for our Counselling Services and other supports.
Officially, we are going to launch Community Connect YYC this fall but wanted to offer you early access while we smooth the edges and connect more organizations.
► If you prefer not to book online, we can help. Please contact us by calling 403-283-5580, or by contacting our Intake Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
An additional option for contacting our Intake Team is through our online form. This form includes some quick questions that will help our Intake Coordinator to determine which resources, referrals or supports will be most helpful to you: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZN3CR9M
Counselling topics include (but are not limited to):
- Gender identity and sexual orientation
- Coming out
- Family acceptance of sexual orientation or gender identity
- Medical/social transitioning
- All options pregnancy counselling
- Decision making and communication
- Relationships and consent
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (addressing stigma; support after diagnosis, etc.)
Our counselling model is based on a single session approach, meaning one session may be enough for impactful change to occur. In fact, research shows that readiness for change is often greatest when people first seek help and are generally satisfied with the change they achieve in a single session. Should a client require ongoing support, we’ll consider additional sessions on a case-by-case basis or provide an appropriate referral to one of our trusted partners.
Things to Consider
Our staff focus on normalizing healthy sexuality and supporting clients with making informed choices that are right for them. We do not offer interventions to modify, reduce or eliminate specific sexual behaviours or problems. Our support model emphasizes individual choice and self-determination and as such, participation in any of our sessions is purely voluntary.
Due to the structure of our support services, we’re unable to offer court-ordered or otherwise mandated counselling services. Likewise, we do not accept referrals for individuals involved in the justice system. If you’re looking to access these services, contact us for information on an appropriate referral.
One-On-One Sexual Health Education
In addition to our counselling services, we also offer individual sexual health education sessions. These short sessions are intended to enhance a client’s understanding of sexual health topics, normalize healthy sexuality and support clients with making informed decisions about their own sexual health. Our team of educators can provide information on topics such as birth control options, sexually transmitted infections, anatomy, decision making and communication and media literacy.
Note: Centre for Sexuality does not offer prescriptions or medical advice. While we are happy to discuss your birth control options with you, clients looking for birth control or emergency contraceptives will be referred to a Sexual Reproductive Health Clinic.
Support services are delivered primarily at the Centre for Sexuality during regular office hours (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). Sessions are generally one hour in length but can be longer if needed.
Arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis to meet in public or community locations (schools, hospitals, group homes), or outside of regular office hours. In addition to face-to-face, our counsellors are available to meet by phone or email.
The Centre for Sexuality is not equipped with a crisis response unit. If you are in crisis, you can call one of the following 24 hour crisis lines:
The Distress Centre: 403-266-4357
Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA): 1-877-237-5888
Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366
Addiction Helpline: 1-866-332-2322
For free, walk-in counselling:
Wood’s Homes Eastside Family Centre
The Distress Centre (weekdays, 1pm-4pm)