Frequently Asked Therapy Questions
Our initial session is $200 (+GST). After that, the fee is $130.00 (+GST). I can take cash or cheque but at this time I do not take credit or debit cards.
I have designated several places in my practice for people who cannot afford the regular fee. I do ask that clients come prepared to pay the full fee for the first session and together we will discuss your needs, the anticipated length of treatment, and your personal income and budget.
Yes, I am able to provide services under this program. Please visit their website if you have experienced or witnessed a crime as you may be eligible for coverage.
Unfortunately, the BC provincial plan (MSP) only covers the services of medical doctors such a psychiatrists. Some extended plans do cover counselling and psychotherapy. Check with your provider or in the little booklet you have on your coverage to see exactly what your plan will pay. I do issue a receipt each session and you would just submit the receipt to your plan.
Sometimes certain agencies will pre-approve visits and take responsibility for payment. Once you have made the contact and arranged this pre-approval, I would talk with the agency and submit the invoice directly to them.
You will need to check exactly how much is covered. The current standard fee for psychologists is $180-$200 per session. Most plans cover only a portion of this fee and have an upper limit. This usually translates to 2 or 3 sessions with the psychologist and you are then left having to pay the full fee. If you will require more than a few sessions, it is probably more cost effective in the long run to work with a registered counsellor.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Short-term counselling helps people overcome specific problems or crises in their lives. The focus is on manageable goals or strategies to help you cope with a specific issue or situation. Short-term counselling typically lasts four to eight sessions, depending upon the problem. Counselling works well if you are in the middle of a life crisis (such as divorce or separation), a sudden, unwanted career change or sudden bereavement. Stressful work or life situations respond well to counselling.
In a crisis, people may experience a range of emotions and reactions – and many of these emotions can be extreme. We can feel emotionally overwhelmed, or completely numb. The common thread is that either extreme emotional state can interfere with our ability to navigate the crisis and achieve a resolution.
Our first step is to regulate your emotional intensity to a manageable level. This allows us to make a more objective assessment of your reactions to the crisis. Together we explore the core assumptions on which these reactions are based. Some of these may be unconscious. As you become more aware of how and why you are reacting we then work together to find specific solutions or strategies.
Psychotherapy is a process to resolve long-standing issues that interfere with our ability to form satisfying relationships, realize our goals, and fully experience the pleasures and joys of life. Psychotherapy includes counselling but rather than a focus on problem solving or strategies, we examine underlying reasons for deeper issues.
Psychotherapy has proven benefits if you suffer from:
- chronically low self-confidence and self-esteem
- blocked creativity
- shame or guilt
- depression and anxiety
- eating disorders
- a feeling of being stuck in an unhappy place
- a tendency to experience the same problems repeatedly, particularly in relationships
People with a history of trauma, and those who are experiencing a post-traumatic stress reaction as a result of a recent event usually benefit from psychotherapy with someone who has specialized training in trauma work.
I see many clients who are interested in the process of self-discovery. They have seen the benefits of having a compassionate, non-judgmental listener, and want to explore further along this path. At this point, people can choose to engage in longer-term psychotherapy and work on deeper goals.
Victoria BC Therapy
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada