About

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Welcome to Next Step Counselling.  My name is Judy Moscovitz.

Below you will find information about my education and work experience. Though both are relevant, I believe that it’s the relationship itself between the client and counsellor that leads to change, not any particular approach (Gestalt, Jungian, EFT, CBT, etc.)

That is why I offer the first session at no charge, so that you can meet me and decide if we are likely to have a good working partnership.

During a session, I listen, observe, ask questions, probe, consider, and say what I think.  When appropriate, I share from my own varied experience.

EDUCATION

  • B.A. McGill University, Majors in English and Political Science
  • Class 1 Teaching diploma, McGill University
  • M. Ed. in Counselling, McGill University

WORK HISTORY

  • Taught elementary and high school in Montreal
  • Director of The Counselling Centre, a private counselling practice in Montreal
  • Created and developed The Single Gourmet, a business with over 20 branches across Canada and the United States. Written up in the New York Times and Entrepreneur Magazine. Branches still in operation more than 30 years later, though I am no longer connected with the business.
  • Published author of two books on the subject of diet and nutrition. One of my books, The Rice Diet Report, was on the New York Times best-seller list for 13 weeks.
  • In connection with my writing, I have appeared on Oprah Winfrey, Phil Donahue and Face the Nation (interviewed by Lesley Stahl), as well as in extensive print media, including a cover mention in People Magazine

Services

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The goal of my practice is to help people find practical solutions to the issues they are dealing with today, without necessarily delving extensively into the past. While it may be of some use to explore the origin of issues, I believe that looking for the underlying cause of one’s problems is rarely helpful, and certainly not helpful quickly. Even the longest, deepest analysis can, at best, only come up with uncertain conclusions – and you still have to deal with your problems.

My strength lies in providing clarity and perspective, enabling clients to make good decisions about their lives. Occasionally I do long-term counselling, but I am more likely to be someone you’ll want to consult from time to time, as needed, when issues crop up that you’d like to talk through.

Our first session will be free, so that you can decide if this is a good match for you.

 

 

Testimonials

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I have known Judy for many years and find her to be very compassionate in her dealings with people. She really listens to others and tries to visualize their situation as it appears to them without imposing her own point of view. Judy also has a sense of humour which allows her to connect with others in a very natural way. At the same time, she is very professional and respects confidentiality at all times. I have no hesitation in recommending Judy as a counsellor for a variety of personal and family concerns.

Sheila Kaye, M.S.W.
Victoria

Great talk tonight. Your gentle reminders are very good in helping me keep my focus on what matters.  I can’t tell you enough how much your support has meant to me. I was near to losing direction a couple of times and was able to put everything back into perspective.

L. C.

Truly, my adult life started when I met you. I felt your love, got your support & advice and met great people through your groups. It got me through a very difficult time of my life. You set me up for success, really. I feel lucky that you are still in my life. It’s really an extraordinary outcome.  Today, I help alcoholic women stay sober and I assist them in leading full and happy lives. It’s a joyful task. That’s my way of repaying you, I guess.

J.L.

Thank you for the moral support tonight. With your understanding and sensitivity, doing what I had to do for me was much easier than it would otherwise have been.

D.H.

You have always been and still are so insightful. You “get” it. I am so happy that we got to muse, strategize, belly-laugh, share our big dreams, thoughts on life, love, faith. A rare thing. Thank you.

L.H.

Judy Moscovitz is a therapist who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her work. She is practical and down-to-earth, so her intervention style will appeal to those who are ready to work hard to achieve results. Judy’s goal-oriented methods are informed and supported by a deep spirituality which moves her interactions with clients above and beyond the ordinary.

Barbara Northrup, M.S.W.
Assistant Director, Community Services, Quebec.

We all need people to whom we can open our hearts. When I am concerned or confused about something, I talk to you and it is always helpful and a relief.

I.B.

You’re the best. Thank you for all the feedback. I will be working with it for a while and will call if I get stuck. I appreciate the experience you put into your responses…fresh, thoughtful and very cool. 

D.K.

God has given you the ability to speak/write/say things in a way that educates/inspires/creates laughter and gets a point across.

J.S.

I have known Judy Moscovitz since 1977, when we were both completing diplomas at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. We have kept in touch over the years and she has remained both a friend and a mentor. I have always admired Judy for her communications and human relations skills. She is an excellent listener which, coupled with her great analytical skills, makes her especially effective at giving insightful feedback.  Since I have known her, Judy has always demonstrated a strong value system based on respect for others, honesty and autonomy. She is very committed and generous to her colleagues, friends and family. I have always felt very privileged to be part of her circle.

Johanne Johnson
General Manager
The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

I just wanted to write to you and say thank you. You are very perceptive and very generous in your willingness to be there. I have not met many who are from this familial line of humanity…meaning being there. Just knowing that I could call, that you are aware, is very helpful to me. And I wanted to say thank you, a deep thank you. I’m sure we will see each other again soon.

J.R.

Judy, you have been a wonderful gift for me to come across your path and group.

Michael

I have known Judy Moscovitz for many years. I find her compassionate, brilliant and extremely clear in her thinking. She is an amazing listener, able to grasp the experience of others and to help them find their own way without judgement or interference. I strongly recommend her as someone whose counsel and assistance would be extremely useful.

Paul Peele, M. Sc.
Therapist, Victoria

I think you’re awesome. Something about you just clicked the first time I met you. I’m just slow in getting to know people … not so much shy but careful I suppose … but I’m the real thing and I believe you are too which is probably why I like you.

A.L.

10 things I just adore about Judy
  • That she’s smart and thinks things through.
  • That she speaks her mind.
  • That she’s empathetic.
  • That she’s “there” for me.
  • That she has dreams and continues to try and make changes in her life.
  • That she loves animals.
  • That she’s not afraid to be blunt if necessary.
  • That she’s interested in many different things and always coming up with something I haven’t thought of or heard of before.
  • That she’s practical as well as mystical.
  • That she is like me in some ways but different in enough significant ways to make it interesting.

Whew! I didn’t think I could write 10 things I like about ANYBODY!! There are probably LOTS more, too, that I didn’t think of!

G. H.

What I liked best about Judy was that she listened, really listened. She processed everything, internally, from my point of view first, seeing, experiencing my challenge, not trying to formulate some clever answer from some psychology textbook as I spoke. Bottom line: Judy is a true counsellor, lives the word “empathy” and does not eternalize. She has in-born discernment which results in a quick solution.

R. T.

There are few people with extraordinary perceptions, and you are one. A person should just walk around behind you with a tape recorder then commit your gems to paper.

C.B.

Just a reminder to let you know how much your spirit has lifted mine and others around you. If, as my Grandma says, thoughts materialize into a condition or event, then know that you have your own unique way of bringing beauty into this world. Every day you share this with others and influence the way others look at life, and that is such an amazing quality! You are loved and respected by more people than just myself, and I just wanted to remind you.

A.M.

 

Fees

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My standard rate for a one-hour session is $100, plus $5 GST.

I also offer sliding scale rates for those
who can’t afford the standard fee.
Sliding scale rates typically start at $55
and can be negotiated downward, as needed.

There is no charge for the initial consultation.

 

Contact

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NEXT STEP COUNSELLING

Victoria and Sidney, BC

Email:   next-step@shaw.ca  

Tel: 778-351-1212

Sessions are available between 1 – 4 pm and 6 – 9 pm.
Phone calls are returned throughout the day.

NOTE:  I put aside one unscheduled session each day to
accommodate unexpected issues that may need immediate attention.