Frequently Asked Questions

How long are counselling appointments?

Counselling sessions are typically 60 minutes in length.
Arrangements for longer or shorter sessions can be made.

How much does counselling cost?

The hourly rate for counselling is as follows:

  • $130 for individual appointments,
  • $150 for couple/family appointments,
  • $100 for student appointments.

What forms of payment do you accept?

You may pay by credit card, e-transfer, cheque or cash. Payment is requested at the beginning of each counselling appointment.

Will my insurance or extended health benefits cover counselling?

As a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, many extended health benefits plan cover counselling services. You should inquire with your extended medical plan or with your employer to determine if they will accept a Certified Counsellor, and the maximum allowable amount you are able to redeem per year.

How often should I meet for counselling?

The frequency of scheduled appointments to achieve an improvement is best achieved by meeting consistently. Consistent counselling appointments ensure that areas of concerns are discussed, new skills and strategies are shared, self-reflection is nurtured, and feedback is provided. Once there is an improvement, clients often reduce the frequency of sessions to a schedule that they feel is most beneficial to them.

What is your confidentiality policy?

The standards of practice for a Certified Counsellor places a high value on confidentiality. In line with these standards, strict maintenance of the confidentiality of all notes, records, and other information is kept by having your file accessible only to myself. Persons outside of the office are not allowed access to the fact that you are seeking counselling without your written consent. Similarly, I will not discuss issues relating to another client known to you without written consent.

When working with couples and families, in the interests of therapeutic rapport and trust, information given to myself by individuals will not be disclosed to others. Participating members will be encouraged to share thoughts and feelings with each other and I will support that process. Participating individuals can also ask me to share information with another family member or request anyone they wish to attend a session with them.

Exceptions to Confidentiality

The following are the exceptions to confidentiality:

– If someone threatens to harm either him/herself or someone else and the threat is believed to be serious
– If I learn that someone is engaging in behaviours that could imminently place others at risk of harm
– If there is reason to believe that a child is being abused or neglected
– If subpoenaed by a court of law