Welcome to Patricia Roles' Virtual E-Counseling Room ...
... counseling online via email or skype in the privacy of your home
Face-to-face Individual, Couple & Family Therapy
... in private office in Vancouver, BC, Canada
email@example.com 604-375-9215 Skype address: pat.roles
Patricia Roles, MSW, RSW, BCATR
Registered social worker and registered art therapist
Counseling services are flexible, accessible and convenient via email, skype and in person
eating disorders. eating disturbances and weight challenges
- adoption reunion
- couples communication
- spousal relationships
- family relationships and adolescent challenges
- art and sandplay therapy for children, youth and adults
- birthparent loss
- adoptive families
- loss and grief
- separation and divorce
- blended families
- Online Counseling via Email with Patricia Roles, MSW, RSW, BCATR: individual, couple and family therapy, including art therapy - over 30 years experience counseling children, youth, adults and families
Art Therapy Sessionswith Pat Roles Face-to-face Therapy and Skype Appointmentswith Pat Roles, in Vancouver, BC
- Consultation for Therapists E-mail consultation for therapists or researchers about etherapy
- Articles on Related Subjects
- Online Resources on Related Subjects
- Information on Books and Articles by Patricia Roles
- Child Interviews in Stepparent Adoption provided through in-home interview for court purposes
- Current Workshops and Speaking Engagements by
Pat Roles on Eating Disorders, Adoption Reunion, Birth-parent Loss and Art Therapy
- Credentials and Counseling Experience of Patricia Roles, MSW, RSW, BCATR, registered social worker and registered art therapist
E-therapy via email is:
- a new modality that allows for
effective communication over the internet
- time efficient
- cost effective compared with face-to-face counseling
- accessible and allows specialized counseling even in remote places
- a source of help to deal with a variety of life challenges
- helpful for clients who travel
E-therapy is not:
- a replacement for
- an effective way to deal with severe or acute
mental healthcrises such as suicidal thoughts, bi-polar disorder or psychotic episodes
- it cannot provide safety with crises where individual may be at risk through intimate partner violence or abuse.
- Single email session for $65 CAD
- Package of 3 sessions for $180
Face-to-face Counseling Sessions in Office or Video Counseling using Skype:
130 (CAD funds) 1 hour session
Payment can be made with your credit card via Paypal
Patricia Roles' Credentials
About Pat Roles, MSW, RSW, BCATR:
Pat is a Professional Practice Coordinator in the discipline of social work at Children's and Women's Health Centre of British Columbia with a part-time private practice in both e-mail therapy and face-to-face private therapy in Vancouver. She is a
registered social worker with the Board of Registration for Social Workers in British Columbia, Canada, (RSW #03316) and a registered art therapist with the British Columbia Art Therapy Association (BCATR #0075-R).She has a master's degree in social work, a bachelor's degree in social work and a post graduate certificate in art therapy. She has done training with Michael White in narrative therapy. She is also trained in Family Based Treatment (FBT), evidence based treatment for children and youth with eating disorders. She has worked as a social worker practicing psychotherapy with children, adolescents and adults, including family therapy, for over 30 years; 24 years of this experience includes being a clinical supervisor tertiary care pediatric teaching hospital. She has expertise in both medical and psychiatric social work with adults, children and youth. She is on the teaching faculty at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute (VATI) where she currently teaches Adolescent Art Therapy.
e-counselingthrough this site via email in 2001, and was a pioneer in this field of developing counseling via email and video conferencing. It was a natural development from therapeutic letter writing developed by Michael White and David Epston as part of Narrative Therapy. She began using telehealth to provide family therapy in 2000 and has lectured across North America on family therapy with video conferencing. This was prior to the development of what we have come to rely on through Skype.
She obtained a BSW from Ryerson University in Toronto in 1977 and an MSW from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC in 1981. In 1989 she completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Art Therapy through the BC School of Art Therapy in Victoria. Her work with children, youth and families has included special expertise in family therapy,
play therapy, art therapy, adolescents and eating disorders as well as children and youth with loss, chronic and life threatening illnesses.She also has extensive experience in the adoption field with adoptive and blended families, separation and divorce, adoption reunion and birthparent loss. She is a reunited birth-mother. Her books on teenage pregnancy and birthparent loss and grief, articles on eating disorders and birth parent loss and eating disorders can be viewed on the on the Books, Articles and links page: Go To Books, Articles and Online Resources
Patricia Roles presents workshops in a variety of areas including:
e-therapy, birthparent loss, adoption reunion issues, eating disorders and family therapy, family therapy via telehealth, art therapy with children and youth, art therapy and eating disorders, and family art therapy using a narrative therapy framework.You may contact Patricia Roles through the feedback email on this site to inquire about workshop presentations or speaking engagements.
The BC College of Social Workers can be contacted to verify registration in the Province of British Columbia.
Current Workshops Offered by Pat Roles
There are no current speaking engagements offered at this time.
You can request a workshop or presentation via email at:Contact Patricia Roles Re: Inquiry About Workshop or phone at: 604-375-9215
Supervision and consultation are available to other therapists upon request. This may be an individual one time consultation or regular supervision sessions. Therapists can phone or e-mail to inquire further at: 604-375-9215 or by email:
Is E-counseling Suitable for You?
For the past 11 years this
e-counseling practice has specialized in relationship issues, family and couple communication, parenting concerns, bereavement support, birthparent loss with relinquishment, adoption reunion, adoptive parenting, infertility and pregnancy loss, parent-teen conflict, separation, divorce, blended families, coping with illness or disability, and eating disorders. E-mail therapyis also known as e-therapy, online therapy, counseling online, cyber counseling, cyber therapy, psychotherapy online, internet therapy, internet counseling, virtual counseling, e-counseling,or, as it spelled in some countries such as the UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand: e-counselling.*
E-counselingoffers an opportunity for you to consult with a professionalas a guide with feedback and support. It may just be a one time consultation or a series of e-mail sessions. Many individuals who choose e-counselingtend to present dilemmas that require brief solution oriented therapywith about 4-6 sessions to fulfill their needs. A smaller number of people seek ongoing sessions as they grapple with longer term issues. It it totally up to you to determine what is helpful.
You may choose
online therapyas an alternative for a variety of reasons. Is is convenient and time efficient to sit at your home or office computer and compose an email. It is cost effective, at about half the cost of face to face therapy or counseling. You are in charge of the timing of your e-mail to suit your everyday needs. You can wait until you have some quiet time to write your e-mail, to reflect or to read the response.
Remaining in your own home or office may take away the
emotional discomfortsome people feel when they meet in person with a therapist to share problems. The privacy and anonymity provided by personal storiesas you be more open when you are at your keyboard in private. The internetalso breaks down obstacles for those who have challenges accessing resources due to physical disabilities or communication challenges such as hearing impairment, speech or language difficulties. For various reasons you may confined to your home, and the internet is one source of reaching out for help. You may live in a remote area where there is little access to qualified professionals for counseling. If you live in a small community, your local health care professionals might already be known to you as friends or co-workers so privacy may be an concern.
Online counseling can help you cope with life
problemsthat affect men and womenof all ages. These can include adjustments to difficult situations such as transitions, changes, loneliness, health conditions, chronic or life threatening illnesses, disability, relationship conflicts, job stresses, mid-life crises, parenting challenges, adoption searches and reunions, unplanned pregnancies, marital problems, stepfamily or blended family issues, family conflict, weight struggles, anorexia, bulimia, disordered eating, or loss and grief following death, adoption relinquishment, pregnancy loss, separation, or divorce.When many changeshappen together in clusters, the result may be emotional overload. You may feel overwhelmed, and need some time to reflect and reorganize your life. E-therapycan be one way of finding that feedback to help get you back on track with your life, work through issues and feel less helpless. This can help you regain focus and control to move forward in your life. You do not need to be alone with your problems.
If you are considering
counseling online, take the time to explore all the aspects of this site to fully understand the process. Then you can evaluate if it is right for you.
Is Face-to-face Counselingan Option for You?
Face-to-face therapy is available in the the Lower Mainland in Burnaby and Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Skype video conferencing over the internet via webcams may be available if you are out of town traveling or live out of the lower mainland. Patricia Roles offers individual, couple, parental and family counselling. Individual art or sandplay therapy sessions are also available in
Vancouver. Art and sandplay therapy can be helpful for children, teens, adults and families. More information on art therapy and art therapy sessions at: About Art or Sandtray Therapy Sessions with Pat RolesIn-home visits are provided for child interviews required for stepparent adoptions in British Columbia. Some family therapy, couple or parental counseling sessions may take place in your home.You may inquire about face-to-face counseling or schedule an appointment via email or phone at: 604-375-9215. In Vancouver, appointments options are: Thursday evenings, Saturday and Sunday mornings. The hourly rate for face-to-face counseling is $120 Canadian funds payable by cash, cheque or credit cards via paypal.
Adoption Adjustments, Reunion Counseling Services and Stepparent Adoption Child Interviews?
Adoption counseling services including:
e-therapy or face-to-face counseling support for birthparents' loss and grief; coaching for adoption triadmembers in the process of or contemplation of adoption reunion; lossesexperienced by adoptive parentsbefore choosing adoption; adoptive and blended familyadjustments; and stepparent adoption child interviews.
Loss and Grief:
Article written by Patricia Roles on Birthparent Loss and Grief:Birth Parent Loss and Grief:
Article on Children and Teens Coping with Death by Gary Direnfeld: Coping With Death
Article of Grief in the Gay and Lesbian Community by Christina Limmer: Grief in a Disenfranchised Community
Article of Going through Grief as a Widow by Marie A. O'Neill: How Long Should Grief Last?
Article on Stillborn Grief by Jörg & Mary Barth: Stillborn but Welcome: The Short LIfe of Paul Michael
Article on Children's Grief by Marcia Breitenbach: Supporting Our Grieving Children To Cope with Katrina and Other Losses
Article on Living with Abortion by Gary Direnfeld: Loss with Abortion
Baby Boomers and Griefby Jane Galbraith: Nobody Wants to Talk About It - Baby Boomers Face Grief
Article written by Patricia Roles on
Adoption Reunion: Adoption Reunion - A Journey for Birthparents
BC Medical Journal February 2005 issue focused on eating disorders with children and youth, includes article by Patricia Roles about Family Involvement in TreatmentBC Medical Journal
Online Counseling in Eating Disorders Prevention: Prevention of Eating Disorders and Online Counseling
Article written by Pat Roles and Ron Manley on Family Therapy for Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa: What Works? Family Therapy for Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa Visions Journal Summer 2006
Article written by Pat Roles on Issues for Parents to Consider in Treatment for Children and Youth with Eating Disorders: Children and Youth with Eating Disorders
Article written by Pat Roles on Eating Disorders, Signs and Symptoms: Anorexia and Bulimia: Signs and Symptoms
Article on Eating Disorders by Jacquelyn Ekem: Eating Disorders - Expressing Needs and Wants
Article on Picky Eaters by Destry Maycock: So You Have A Picky Eater?
Article on Why Diets Don't Work by Aaron M. Potts: Why Diets Don't Work
Article on the Pros and Cons of Fad Dieting by Gary Matthews: Fad Diets
Article on Weight Loss Myths by Gary Matthews: The Truth About Weight Loss Myths
Article on Giving Up Dieting by Gary Matthews: Winning Tactics for Giving Up the Diet
Article on Low Fat Diets from New York Times: Low Fat Diet Does Not Cut Health Risks
Article on Emotional Relationships with Food and Eating Disorders by Lori Radun: Healing Your Emotional Relationship with Food
Article on Overcoming Binge Eating by Kristin Gerstley: Ten Things To Do Instead of Binge Eating
Article on a Father's Perspective Dealing with Anorexia by Barry Roche: Close Encounters with Anorexic Annie
Separation, Divorce and Unhappy Marriages:
Article on Marriages Facing Possibility of Separation by Gary Direnfeld: Marriages on the Cusp
Surviving Divorce by Vicki Lansky: Ten Things I've Learned About Divorce
Article on Emotional Recovery from Divorce by Colin Kennedy: Divorce and Rowing to Emotional Recovery
Article on Considerations as Women Prepare for Divorce by Tracy Achen: Divorce Considerations
Divorce and Your Children by Jean Mahserjian: Don't Divorce Your Children
Article on Coping with Adjustment After Divorce by Olakunbi Korostensky: Divorced and Dejected - 5 Powerful Reasons to be Proud of Yourself
Article on Effects of Unhappy Marriages from Medical News Today: Unhappy Marriages, Self-Esteem and Health
Article on Matimonial Property Settlements by Barry Roche: The Do's and Don'ts of Matrimonial Property Disputes
Article on Divorce Planning by Barry Roche: Top Mistakes Women Make in Divorce Planning and Financial Settlements
Article by CanadaComputes.com: Story on E-therapy
Internet News - Online Counseling: E-therapy
Article by Cathryn Atkinson, Report on Business, Globe and Mail - Internet Businesses:Globe and Mail Article - Online Counseling
Mental Health Issues:
Canadian Mental Health Association Resource: Mind Matters - Free Electronic Newsletter on Mental Health IssuesMental Health Resources and MIND MATTERS E-NEWS
Self-help Article on Anxiety by Michael Smallwood: Relaxation: A Helpful Tool to Control Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Article on Relationships by Raun Kaufman: Love MYTHconceptions
Article on Power of Attitude by Aaron M. Potts: Attitude: The Forgotten Power
Article on Mental Health Tips by Patricia Roles: Taking Care of Your Mental Health
Article on Separation Anxiety with Children by K.C. Smith: Separation Anxiety
Article on Dealing with Suicide Attempts by Anna Allen: When Someone You Love Tries to Hurt Themselves
Article on Depression During Pregnancy from NY Times: Treatment of Depression During Pregnancy
Article on Risk Factors for Depression from Medical News Today: Depression
Article on Traumatized Children and Resilience from Medical News Today: Resilient Children
Article of Yoga and Stress Reduction by Alden Smith: The Benefit of Yoga - Fight or Flight?
Article on Sleep Disorders in Teenagers from Medical News Today UK: Lack of Sleep for Teenagers Today
Article on Link Between Obesity and Lack of Sleep from Medical News Today UK: Lack of Sleep for Children and Adolescents Links to Obesity
Article on Differences in Insomnia Between Women and Men from Medical News Today: Insomnia
Information on Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia
Living with Fibromyalgia by Julie Wendell: Living with Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia Signs and Symptoms: Signs and Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Treatment: Fibro Treatment
Online Resources and Support for FM Sufferers: Online Help
Article on Post-partum Depression by Jacqueline Courtiol: Coping with Post Partum Depression
Menopause Facts - What Will I Experience? by Barbara Phillip: Facts About Menopause
Article about Women and Chocolate in Medical News Today: Chocolates Eaten More Often When Visible - Out of Sight, Out of Mouth
Article about Osteoporosis by Barbara Phillips: Osteoporosis: What Can I Do To Prevent It?
Article on Parenting After Separation and Divorce by Gary Direnfeld: How Important is Consistency?
Article on Parenting Teenagers by Gary Direnfeld: Need Help Parenting Teens?
Article on Parental Conflict and Effects on Children from Medical News Today: Parenting Conflict Producing Distress for Children
Caring for Aging Parents - The Sandwich Generation:
Article on Caregiving Tips for Boomers by Vicki Rackner: Caregiving for Elderly Parents for Baby Boomers
Article on Caregiver Guilt by Vicki Rackner: Caregiver Guilt
Article on Caring for Your Elderly Family Member in Hospital by Vicki Rackner: When Your Elderly Loved One is in the Hospital
What is Autism? by Lee Berlemann: What is Autism?
Article on the Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Adult Intimacy by Gary Direnfeld: Understanding and Managing The Impact Of Childhood Sexual Abuse On Adult Intimate Life
Article on Men and Sexuality from Medical News Today: Men In Their 50s Have More Satisfying Sex Lives Than Men In Their 30s
Article on Art Therapy by Pat Roles: About Art Therapy
Article on The Power of Art Therapy by Erin K. Brazill: Art Heals: The Power of Art Therapy
You are welcome to submit an original article to be considered for publication on this site. The article needs to be relevant and informative for the readership of this site. Your submission could be on topics such as:
online counseling, mental health problems; all types of loss, grief or bereavement including loss during pregnancy and birthparent relinquishment, infertility, death, separation or divorce; eating disorders; adoption searches and reunions; adoption triad issues; family relationships including marital relationships or conflict between parents and teenagers; parenting issues including single parenting and step-parenting; communication; or coping with crises, chronic health conditions or disabilities.If your article is accepted for publication, you will receive a link back to your site at the end of the article including a brief biography of you as the author. Please submit your article as a word file attachment through the feedback email address on this site. The subject line must clearly indicate that this is an article submission, otherwise it will join the spam collection of unopened junk mail.
Book Review by
Book Entitled: Online Counseling - A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals
Editors: Ron Kraus, Jason Jack and George Stricker
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