Whatever Works is really about whatever works!


Who am I?

  • My name is Amy Godderis, MA (Counselling), BEd, BMus.
  • I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor certified through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
  • Please look at my About page for more.

Who are my clients?

  • I specialize in working with teenagers, particularly ‘at-risk’ youth. Many have been involved in the justice system and have been mandated by the courts to attend counselling.
  • I do some family counselling and have worked with individuals ranging in age from 5 to 70.

Why do people want to see me?

  • I come to you! I take away the need for a lengthy bus ride or drive through traffic by coming to you in my motorhome office.
  • I focus on building relationships first. How can you share your personal stuff with someone you don’t trust?
  • I use a wide variety of activities to support the counselling process including animals, music, art, and games.

Why a motorhome?

I have a good friend who is a small business advisor who suggested I be mobile and go into people’s houses, there were 3 issues with this:

  • Often there is a lack of comfort or feeling of safety for everyone when a stranger enters a home.
  • Confidentiality can be a huge issue as there are typically family members or friends around.
  • I like to have my ‘tools’ (animals, books, activities) available to me without having to cart them into someone’s home.
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Before I opened my private practice I was invited to a brainstorming session during which someone suggested I use a motorhome for an office. As I thought about it the idea of a motorhome made more and more sense. Since offically opening my private practive I have discovered that it not only dealt with the 3 issues mentioned above but there are more benefits to working out of a motorhome then I could have ever imagined:

  • The youth I work with are more willing to attend appointments as they don’t have to take a lengthy bus ride to get to their appointment.
  • Parents don’t have to take time out of their busy schedules to transport their child to their appointment.
  • If meeting during school hours, students miss only the hour of the actual appointment not an extended period of time to accomodate transportation time.
  • The motorhome provides a more welcoming space for a youth to come to than the apparent formality of a professional office.
  • I am able to use animals as a part of my practice.

Why animals?

The short answer?

  • Animals are amazing!

The long answer?

  • When given respect, animals are non-judgemental and give unconditional love.
  • The presence of an animal can help build rapport between a client and their counsellor.
  • Animals listen without interrupting (most of the time).
  • Animals are known to be good for your physical health by reducing stress.
  • Animals are good at demonstrating positive and appropriate relationships.
  • Animals can teach us lessons we’re not ready to learn from humans.

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