THERAPY IS A UNIQUE AND HIGHLY INDIVIDUAL EXPERIENCE
In the beginning, we can discuss your need for therapy and I will conduct a detailed clinical interview of your present complaint and background. We can discuss your concerns, expectations and goals for therapy. We can review any questions you may have. If possible, I will give you an approximate time for length of therapy.
Because feelings will be explored, you may feel a range of emotions that can be intense at times. This is part of a normal process and does not mean there is something bad or wrong with you.
- You have the right to ask questions about anything that happens in therapy.
- You can feel free to ask me to try something that you think will be helpful. I'm willing to look at alternatives that might work better.
- You can ask me about my training for working with your concerns, and can request I refer you to someone else if you decide I'm not the right therapist for you.
- While therapy usually ends through mutual agreement once desired goals have been reached, you have the right to end therapy at any time.
My approach to therapy is Interpersonal, Systemic and Relational, which means I view the relationships we have in our lives as the most important source of learning about ourselves and others. I believe we can use our therapy relationship to resolve problems.
Risks/Benefits to Psychotherapy: Therapy often involves talking about unpleasant aspects of your life and as a result you are likely to experience feelings in your sessions like sadness, guilt, anger, grief, and longing. Such experiences can be painful.
Risks that may be associated with psychotherapy:
- New symptoms may occur or existing symptoms may increase in severity.
- Relationships may be adversely affected.
Note: If these occur at all, they are usually temporary.
Benefits that may be associated with psychotherapy:
- Improved communication.
- Better relationships.
- Solutions to specific problems.
- Reductions in feelings of distress.
Note: Treatment, although meant to be helpful, cannot be guaranteed to be of benefit. Your participation in these services are voluntary, and withdrawing at any time is your right. However, if you withdraw before it is recommended, there are potential risks that would be helpful to discuss with your therapist beforehand.
What you talk about with me in session is kept within the strictest confidence. Exceptions include:
- If, from information I have received, I have reason to believe that a child is in need of protection. In this situation I will do everything reasonably possible to inform you of my concerns and then, if necessary, what actions I need to take.
- If, from information I have received, I have reason to believe that your life or someone else's life is at risk. I will do everything reasonably possible to inform you of my concerns and then, if necessary, what actions I need to take.
- If myself or my files are subpoenaed to a court of law. In this situation, I will do everything reasonably possible to inform you of my legal obligations. I will provide information only when appropriate release forms are signed or court order is provided.
Legal Proceedings: My involvement in your treatment will be strictly limited to the provision of psychotherapy. Thus, I am ethically unable to participate in dual roles, such as acting on your behalf in legal proceedings, including to testify in court, whether in person or by affidavit. Please let me know if you require such services so I can refer you to an additional and/or appropriate professional to meet your needs.
- If you request that I speak to (and/or provide information to) another service provider, agency or person. This would only be done if you sign a Release/Exchange of Information form.
If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to discuss them further with me.
As I don't maintain regular office hours, all sessions are arranged through appointment only. Clients are generally seen weekly, or less frequently as we discuss/agree.
- Appointments are usually scheduled for 50-60 minutes.
- Family, Couple or other relational configurations may be scheduled for 90 minute sessions.
- Intense 2-3 hour sessions may also be arranged when appropriate.
Online (eg. FaceTime, Skype) and/or Telephone Counseling: In person, face-to-face therapy is ideal in terms of being able to see one another, observe body language and subtle non-verbal communications. That said, there are circumstances that can make it difficult to show up for sessions in person - when appropriate, these services can be made available.
The cost per therapy session is $126.00 ($120+plus tax) for individuals, $136.50 ($130.00+plus tax) for couple/family work (minor children fall under "family"). This is for a 50-60 minute hour. This fee is consistent with BC Clinical Counsellors Association recommended fee schedule guidelines.
Payment Policy: I accept e-transfer, cash, Visa, Mastercard or cheque at the time of services. If a cheque is returned, there will be a $25 fee in addition to the original fee. You are responsible for paying any additional professional services lasting longer than 15 minutes, including document preparation, telephone calls, and authorized meetings with other professionals on your behalf.
Cancellation Policy: You must give at least 24 hours notice to cancel an appointment so that I have enough time to have a chance of booking someone else into the time slot. If you cancel an appointment with less than 24 hours notice, I will try to fill the spot, but if I cannot, then I will need to charge you for the time. Missed appointments will be billed directly to you at the hourly rate as if you had attended. All of these charges apply regardless of the reasons for the missed, cancelled or late appointments.
Insurance Coverage: Marriage and Family Therapists and Registered Clinical Counselors are often covered under insurance, and some extended benefit plans do offer partial reimbursement. I can provide accreditation and professional registration information to your insurance provider and/or sign any paperwork that may be required by your insurance provider to apply for your benefit. It is your responsibility to verify whether your insurance will cover the cost.