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Understanding Counselling

What are your rates? Do you offer sliding scale?

Our rates are currently $140 for a 50 minutes and $210 for a 80 minutes individual counselling session.

We offer sliding scale options to a limited number of clients. Learn more about my counselling rates and fees

How long does each counselling session take?

Counselling sessions are 50 minutes for individual sessions and 80 minutes for EMDR sessions. This gives us enough time to explore the challenges you are facing and gain some insights, as wells as work on containment and coping strategies.

What should I expect at my first session?

First sessions are often about information gathering. We will start with going over an intake form and informed consent. Then we will discuss what has brought you into counselling. Whatever issue you identify as the most important to explore is the issue to begin with.

Is counselling confidential?

Yes - counselling sessions are confidential. There are, however, some exceptions to confidentiality required by law. Read more about these exceptions here.

How many sessions on average do clients attend? How frequently should I come?

While some clients may only come to one appointment, others attend for longer. Most clients will start off coming every week, and transition into either bimonthly or quarterly sessions. I will work with you to make a counselling schedule that makes sense to you.

What if I try counselling and don't like it?

Healing is created in a therapeutic space. It is important that you find a counsellor that is a good fit. If you don't feel like it is working, mention it at the start of a session and we will discuss next steps for getting you the support you need.

What if I'm uncomfortable talking about myself?

This is your space. You decide what you want to share. The issues that you face may involve other people. Together we will explore their connection and meaning to your life.

If I need to talk to someone immediately who can I call?

If you are in need of immediate support there are options for you:

  • Mental Health Support Line (BC-wide) 310-6789

  • Suicide Crisis Line: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433

  • Police: 911

For more resources click here.

Is counselling covered by insurance?

Sometimes - counselling can be covered by insurance companies. Check with your provider whether Registered Clinical Counsellors or Canadian Certified Counsellors are covered under your plan before booking an appointment. You can also check this list of employers and providers who offer extended health plans covering counselling services.

If needed, feel free to send this letter to your provider to help get counselling covered.  

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