Individual Counselling Session
Based on income and no insurance, a modest sliding scale rate can be offered.
I am also an approved provider for LIONHEART FOUNDATION which provides financial subsidies to adolescent girls, young women and their families so they can gain access to community-based mental health therapists with proven track records helping clients overcome issues or disorders related to anxiety, trauma, eating, mood and development
Please visit their website: https://lionheartfoundation.ca
to find out more about applying if criteria is met.
COST OF SERVICE
Each extra 15 minutes will cost $50/ 15-minutes.
The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta sets the standards for counselling fees. The rates can be found here.
PAYMENT OF FEES
All fees are expected to be paid at the time services are rendered and an invoice is provided.
Cash, Debit, MasterCard, Visa, or eTransfer are accepted.
All insurance claims remain your responsibility. All fees must be paid in full, whether or not your health insurance provides reimbursement.
Some insurance plans require the insured to call prior to the first visit and obtain authorization for a specified number of visits. If you fail to obtain this authorization prior to your initial psychotherapy session, you are responsible for payment.
Cancellations must be made 24-hours in advance to avoid charge. *Missed appointments without 24-hour cancellation, will be charged the full hour fee.
Frequently asked questions
Where do I get started?
The first step is already complete, seeking out help and selecting a therapist to meet.
Next step is to come in for an intake session to meet me, discuss what you hope to achieve, and how I might be able to support you with these goals. This is a great time to ask me questions and see if I’m a good fit for you. Fill in the form and I will respond to you as soon as possible to schedule a time to come in. I will also forward on to you instructions on how to get to the office.
Feel free to meet other professionals at this time before deciding whether I’m the best fit for you. I will also assess whether your needs can be met within my competency level. Sometimes this means referring you to another more suitable professional.
If you feel comfortable and confident with me then we will schedule your next session. This can happen at the intake or you can connect with me after at any time.
What does child counselling look like?
The intake session is done without the children present. Child and youth counselling is a whole family process. After intake I’ll have a session with just the child to start building the therapeutic relationship.
At times it may be helpful to work with both the parent and child present(s) and also to have periodic sessions with the parent(s) to ensure that the work is carried into the home. It’s a team effort and is most effective when I can have sessions with parent(s) as well.
Based on the child and family’s needs, how often family sessions or parent sessions will occur depends on the presenting challenges.
Each session is billed using the individual rate.
Will my insurance cover the costs?
Please confirm with your insurance company how many sessions or the amount that is covered before coming to therapy. It’s always a good idea to check if they cover psychologist fees.
I do not direct bill to insurance companies at this time, so you will be responsible for submitting your claim after payment.
I would also advise that before coming to see any psychologist, you should have personal insurance if you’re not receiving insurance from your employer.
How do I know if there is a progress?
How often do I have to come to therapy?
This will vary considerably from person to person. Some prefer to come every week and then ease out of therapy once a feeling of stability occurs.
I work from a client-centred perspective, so I can suggest a time amount and session time-frame but this will ultimately be up you!
Each session we review goals and progress to make sure that we continue moving forward towards the end goal of feeling empowered enough to stop therapy. You’re always welcome back though, as life will continue to change and new challenges may arise.
Insurance coverage may also determine how often and how long you are able to attend therapy.