Complimentary 30 Minute Consultation
We begin with a complimentary consultation, which can be on the phone or in person, depending on your preference. This is different than a therapy session as it is really an opportunity for us to talk and get a sense of fit for working together. In these sessions, I like to gain a sense of you and the need that brings you in, and to give you a sense of me and how I assist my clients. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have, though there is no pressure to do so.
If you feel fairly sure that you would like to begin therapy with me, at your request, we can schedule a first full session for immediately after your consultation – I just need to know this ahead of time.
Counselling and Psychotherapy Fees
Counselling and Psychotherapy Fees are in accordance with BCACC fee guidelines, my years of experience, and training. As an Registered Social Worker, there are no taxes charged on top of my clinical fees.
Individuals (50 Minute Sessions) $125
Couples (60 Minute Sessions) $150
When longer sessions are needed /requested, and when my schedule permits, fees are prorated.
Fees are paid at the end of each session by cheque, cash, or credit card, and I provide you with a detailed receipt that includes my registration information.
If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please give me at least 24 hours notice, as I charge the full session fee for missed, rescheduled, or cancelled appointments with less than 24 hours notice. This policy is based on fairness to you, fairness to me, and to other clients who may need that time.
As both a Registered Social Worker (RSW # 12006) and Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC # 12076), my fees are covered by many extended healthcare plans. If you have insurance coverage, payment for our sessions is made by you and you submit your receipts to your insurer for reimbursement. Please check the specific coverage that you may have.
Income Tax – Medical Expenses
Additionally, Registered Social Workers are authorized as “medical practitioners” under the Income Tax Act for the purpose of claiming medical expenses on income tax returns.