Frequently asked questions
What is the time frame for counselling?
Counselling can be conducted in a brief solution focused way to handle an immediate situation (life transition, work stress, ICBC car accident, etc), or in longer more extensive forms to develop insight into yourself, or to heal from trauma and grief.
For more information about the counselling process, I have a post titled "
What is Counselling"
Are your services covered under my extended health plan?
My fees are not covered by
Medical Services Plan (MSP), but as a
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a Master's Degree my services are covered by most extended health benefits (Blue Cross, Manulife, Sunlife, Green Shield, etc..) Each plan is different, so it is important to check with your employer's extended health benefits to verify if they cover a
Registered Clinical Counsellor.
Along with being an RCC, I am approved counsellor with the
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) to provide counselling support after a car accident. In this case,
12 sessions will be covered for your first 12 weeks after your accient. If it has been longer than 12 weeks, a doctor's note may be sent to your counsellor recommending you pursue counselling.
More sessions may be approved by ICBC, which is dependent on the severity of your psychological injuries. The aim is to help you get back to the condition you were prior to the accident.
I am also an approved counsellor with
The Crime Victim Assistance Program
assists victims, immediate family members and some witnesses in coping with the effects of violent crime. It provides financial benefits to help offset financial losses and assist in recovery.
What are the fees?
The fees are based on the British Columbia Associaltion of Clinical Counsellors fee guidelines:
Individual therapy (in person or online per 50 minute session) – $130
Couples therapy (in person or online per 80 minute session) – $150
Payment is collected at the end of each session. I accept cash, visa, mastercard or e-transfer. A receipt will be provided at the end of each session for insurance purposes.
Do you offer a free consulation?
Yes, I offer a free 15 minute phone or video consultation.
The purpose of this consultation it to provide you the opportunity to meet me, ask any questions you might have, and get a general sense of the work that we will do to meet your counselling goals. The consultation is not a necessity but is offered to give you the opportunity to ask any questions prior to scheduling an appointment.