What is Counselling Psychology Compared to Clinical Psychology?
Counselling Psychology focuses on helping individuals solve problems, make decisions, and cope with the stressors of everyday life.
Clinical Psychology provides treatment for individuals with disorders of behaviour, emotions, and thought by offering assessment and/or diagnostic services which may be helpful in establishing targeted treatment plans.
What Happens During the First Session?
Our first session is to determine whether we're a good fit. It gives us a chance to get to know each other by discussing why you've come to counselling, your hopes and expectations of what you'll get from therapy, my treatment approach, fees, my cancellation policy, confidentiality issues, and any other questions that may arise.
We'll go over the intake forms to see if you have any questions, and you'll leave the first session with a plan for moving forward.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Each person is different, and it can be tricky to determine how many sessions will be required. But generally short-term therapy is approximately 6-8 sessions, and focuses on learning skills to cope with current symptoms and problems.
Clients may wish to have longer-term therapy, and this may be required if the goal is to resolve the underlying cause[s] of symptoms and problems.
What Are Your Fees?
Counselling sessions are 50 minutes and the fee is $200 per session. The fee is collected at the end of your session and can be paid by cash, cheque, or credit card.
Registered Psychologists are not covered by the BC Medical Services Plan, but many extended health plans provide coverage, so please check with your provider to find out exactly what kind of coverage you have. You will receive an official receipt, with my registration number, at the end of your session, which you can submit to your insurance plan for reimbursement.
What is Your Cancellation Policy?
Please provide a minimum of 48 hours notice to cancel or change your appointment, as this will allow another client to be booked into the time that was reserved for you. All cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will be charged the full appointment fee. Please be advised that most insurance companies do not cover the cost of missed appointments.