FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
This will depend on your personal situation and goals. We can discuss this together. Sometimes a single session can be very helpful. When situations are complex, the first session can focus more on understanding what is happening and how you are feeling affected. Most people benefit from 4-6 sessions.
CAN I BOOK A CONSULTATION TO DETERMINE IF I WANT TO PROCEED WITH COUNSELLING?
Of course! I'm happy to give you a call and provide a 15 min consult at no cost - to answer any questions you have and to give you a chance to meet me and determine if you'd like to book a session.
DO INTERN THERAPISTS PROVIDE GOOD QUALITY COUNSELLING?
Yes! Intern therapists have completed all of their Master's Degree in Counselling courses. They are practicing under supervision - which means that your case is reviewed by the supervisor to ensure that you are in good hands and receiving appropriate care.
DO YOU MEET FOR IN PERSON COUNSELLING AND SUPERVISION?
I am currently offering services through phone or video formats. I will send you a link prior to our session to access the meeting.
HOW MUCH DOES COUNSELLING COST?
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE COUNSELLING?
For a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) each 50 minute session is $125 + GST = $141.25. Etransfer is accepted to firstname.lastname@example.org at the end of the session. This fee may be reimbursed by your extended health benefits, if they cover "Registered Psychotherapist".
Typically, counselling happens weekly or every other week. At times, if someone is experiencing a crisis, meeting more often could be helpful. On the other hand, there are times when meeting monthly makes sense. We can discuss your needs and make a plan that will help you move toward your personal goals.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Counselling involves receiving support for a situation or experience that is distressing. Psychotherapy is more in depth and usually involves treatment of a mental health condition. The service that you receive is tailored to your needs, based on my assessment of your situation. You don't need to know which one you need. I will let you know the direction that I think will be most effective.
WHAT IF I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEORY OR APPROACH I NEED?
That's absolutely ok! Based on our initial conversation, I will let you know what approach I think will be most appropriate for what you are hoping to get out of counselling/therapy. It's okay if you don't even know what counselling approaches/theories are. That's my job!