Pre-Retirement Counselling

Happy contented retired couple

If you grew up in the 60’s or 70’s, you likely have seen Burt Mustin on TV or in the movies.

Burt had a very long career as a car salesman in Pittsburgh.

But his hobby – and true love – all those years was performing in local theater.

When Burt retired, he and his wife moved to Arizona and he indulged himself in his love of the theatre by performing with local productions. Well, one day he caught the eye of a Hollywood executive.

To make a long story short, in his “retirement”, Burt ended up with roles in over 150 movie and TV productions. He kept working until his death at 92.

There’s a principle behind what happened to Burt. In his pre-retirement counselling sessions, experienced and compassionate counsellor Bart Begalka will explain it and help you tap your inner Burt Muston.

What is Pre-Retirement Counselling?

Pre-retirement counselling is preparation for one of the biggest transitions in life that we could make. Not unlike preparing for marriage, or for the birth of a child, both life-changing, meaningful, and unforgettable moments.

Psychologists tell us that the 21st Century notion of retirement can decrease life-expectancy, decrease mental functioning and increase the possibility of chronic illness. As such, we could describe pre-retirement counselling as a period of time of deep reflection, meaningful contemplation, and planning.

If you are on the cusp of retirement, you may be anxious about what will happen after you retire. These may be some of the stuff you’ve been thinking, and/or questions you have been asking:

Who am I now that I am about to retire? Who will I be?

I had a dream once. But life kinda got in the way. Don’t get me wrong, I had a good life, I had a career, my kids are grown up. It’s time to think about my dream again.

What is the big picture, and how do I fit into it?

Should I continue to work? What would become of my self-worth if I stop contributing to society?

I want to live a simpler life. But the question is, would it be satisfying?

I enjoyed interacting with my friends from work. How do I keep myself socially connected?

I have a lot of work experience and expertise. I don’t want them to go to waste.

This is my opportunity to do whatever I want. But I don’t know what to do!

How do I continue to be productive, and live on my own terms?

I’m feeling quite lost, and I could really do with some help.


All great questions! And we know that you may have a few more.

While talking it over with your spouse or best friend helps to lift some worries off your chest, as a skilled and seasoned counsellor, Bart Begalka will go several layers more in breadth and depth.

To experience a vibrant and meaningful retirement, Bart Begalka will help you to consider a lifestyle that receives conscious attention to these key areas of life:

  • Health
  • Social relations
  • Family relations
  • Productivity
  • Mental pursuits
  • Emotional (psychological) health
  • Spirituality

Call us today to book a 15-minute free consultation with Pre-Retirement Counsellor Bart Begalka.


Maple Ridge Counsellor Bart Begalka, RCC, has been a counsellor for more than 33 years. Bart is passionate about helping people of all ages heal from past trauma. Bart is excited about helping people who struggles with their faith and spirituality.

Bart Begalka, RCC | Innova Therapy Inc Maple Ridge & Online