Complimentary 20 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 initial conversations, your therapist will seek to learn what is bringing you to seek therapy and will give you a brief sense of their approach. 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, at your request, we can schedule a first full session for immediately after your consultation. Your therapist will need to know this ahead of time.
Counselling and Psychotherapy Fees
Fees are in accordance with BCACC fee guidelines, years of experience, and training. Fees are in the range of $120 - $130 per 50-minute session and are prorated for longer sessions.
Fees are paid at the end of each session by cheque, email transfer, cash, or credit card, and you will be emailed a detailed receipt that includes your therapists' registration information.
If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please provide at least 24 hours notice, as we charge the full session fee for missed, rescheduled, or canceled appointments with less than 24 hours notice. This policy is based on fairness to you, fairness to your therapist, and to other clients who may need that time.
Your therapist is either a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Registered Social Worker or both. Fees are covered by many extended health care plans. If you have insurance coverage, you may wish to read your particular plan's coverage.
Payment for sessions is made by you and you may submit your receipts to your insurer for reimbursement.
Income Tax – Medical Expenses
Additionally, Mandy has the RSW designation and Registered Social Workers are authorized as “medical practitioners” under the Income Tax Act for the purpose of claiming medical expenses on income tax returns.
Brené Brown, PhD.