Q?Is everything I tell you in counselling kept confidential?

The assurance of confidentiality is essential in order for counselling to be effective.

Throughout the counselling relationship all of your personal information will be kept confidential.
This confidentiality continues beyond the end of the counselling relationship as well.
That being said, there are a few legal and ethical limits to confidentiality that are  important to be aware of. Exceptions to the rule of counsellor confidentiality include:

  • if a child is or may be at risk of abuse or neglect,

  • if the counsellor believes that you are at clear imminent risk of harming yourself or someone else;

  • in compliance with a legal order such as a subpoena, or if the disclosure is otherwise required or authorized by law.

There may also be times that I disclose information within the boundaries of professional consultation, in which case your identity will remain completely confidential.
Every reasonable effort will be made to discuss these circumstances with you prior to involvement with other professionals.Should you have any questions about these limitations, please feel free to ask me about them before we begin our counselling relationship or at any time throughout our sessions.

Q?Can I talk to you about anything?

I strive to create an atmosphere of safety and welcome discussion about any concerns you may be dealing with. That being said, I am not an expert in all areas so if your specific concerns seems better suited to another helping professional’s expertise, we can discuss a potential referral or perhaps collaboration with that professional in order to best address and support your concerns.

Q?How long does counselling take?

Unfortunately there is no clear cut answer for this question as it is dependent on a number of factors including the issues for which you are seeking counselling, how long they have been issues, and your individual history. Because counselling provides the experience of a safe place to explore a problem while receiving sincere warmth and empathic listening, many people report a sense of relief after just one session.

For those with a specific concern, this may be addressed in 6-12 sessions but this number depends on the above mentioned factors. For those who are looking to examine more long-standing or complex issues, or seeking to change lifelong patterns and beliefs, sessions may continue for as long as the individual feels that they are needed.

Scheduling can also be flexible as some individuals may find they do best with weekly appointments while others prefer appointments only a few times per month.

Q?How soon can I book an appointment?

I’m sensitive to the fact that it takes courage to reach out and ask for assistance, and you may have been considering counselling long before making your first call. When possible, I book an initial appointment within days of being contacted. My schedule is quite flexible with evening and weekend appointments available.

Q?What are your rates?
  • $110 per 50 minutes for individual counselling

  • $120 per 50 minutes for family counselling

Sliding scale and student rates available. This can be discussed in your initial consultation call.

My fees are based on the scale recommended by the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Payment can be made by cash or cheque and is due at the end of the session. Receipts are provided and may be submitted to your extended health plan for re-imbursement.

Q?What happens if I have to reschedule or cancel a session?

If at all possible I request 24 hours’ notice of any request to cancel or reschedule sessions.

Appointments that are missed or canceled less than 24 hours in advance are subject to a $50 charge.