Frequently Asked Questions
What are your academic and professional qualifications?
I graduated with my Masters in Counselling Psychology from UBC in 2005. I graduated with my PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta in early 2011.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor in the province of BC (#3202).
What is your counselling experience?
I have counselled in a wide variety of setting including in hospitals, university counselling centers, community agencies, and at the BC Cancer Agency. I have helped people overcome a diverse range of challenges including those arising from anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and difficulty adjusting to normal life transitions.
How much do you charge?
I charge $110 an hour per 60 minute hour. This is hourly rate recommended by the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
How long will counselling take?
The length of time it will take for you to successfully complete counselling really does depend on the nature of your problems and on your goals for counselling.
Many of my clients have reached their goals in 4 - 5 sessions. However, for more long standing problems, it typically takes my clients between 12 and 16 sessions to feel ready to finish. It is often at around this point that my clients feel that they have made the changes they need to successfully manage their symptoms, and that they have also made the internal shifts necessary for them to continue growing successfully once counselling has finished.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel an appointment it is important that you contact me as early as possible. In order to avoid a charge for a missed appointment, please provide at least 24 hours notice of your cancellation.
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
Are your services covered by MSP?
Psychological services are not covered by MSP, but you may have some coverage to see a Registered Clinical Counsellor through your employer's extended health care plan (e.g., Blue Cross).
At the end of each session I will provide you with a receipt with all the necessary information that your provider requires for you to get reimbursed.
Whatever fees aren't covered by your employer can be claimed on your income tax as a medical expense.
What methods of payment do you accept?
I currently accept payment by cash, cheque, and major crecit card.