FAQs

What are your fees and how are payments made?

The rate for an individual 55 minute session is $115 (including GST). Longer appointments are available upon request and at an altered rate. Payments are due in full at each session and may be paid through cash, cheque, or e-transfer.

I reserve a small portion of my client spots for people requiring a reduced rate.

What if I need to cancel an appointment?

24 hours notice is required for all cancellations. If an appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, the full session fee will be charged.

I'm worried because I've never been to counselling. What am I supposed to tell you?

If you’ve never been to counselling before, the initial sessions may cause you to feel some anxiety.  Often clients worry that they aren’t telling me the right things or giving me enough information.  I can imagine that sharing your experiences and feelings may be difficult, so I try to ask helpful, thought-provoking questions along the way.  It is always your choice as to how much or how little you share.  Overall, I view the counselling sessions as the client’s time and I encourage clients to use sessions to discuss the topics of their choice.  There is no right or wrong way to share your experiences!

Is everything discussed in our sessions kept private?

Yes. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, I am required to maintain your privacy by keeping our discussions confidential unless you give me written permission to disclose information to an outside party. However, there are some exceptions to this rule that you should be aware of:

  • If you are describing immediate plans to hurt yourself or someone else
  • If you are describing incidents of child abuse or neglect
  • If there is a medical emergency during a session
  • If your client file is subpoenaed by a court of law.
How often do I come to counselling and how long does it last?

Clients typically attend weekly sessions. After the initial session, I will offer my professional opinion about how often a client may like to attend sessions. However, the frequency of appointment times is ultimately up to each individual client.

Since counselling is a unique process for each individual, it is difficult to give a definitive timeframe for how long counselling will last. In my experience with clients, I have found that counselling usually requires a minimum of three months (with weekly sessions) before long-lasting growth/change occurs.

What are your credentials?

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC #10976) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). I have an extensive educational background, with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Simon Fraser University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Adler University.  Among other things, I have worked as a Family & Youth Counsellor with Langley Community Services, a Crisis Line Support Worker with Options Community Services, and a Crisis Intervention Worker with the RCMP.

I know a bit about counselling and psychology. What theories/methods do you use?

I operate from a Family Systems perspective infused with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) practices. Put simply, Family Systems theory states that individuals are inherently a part of a system – the family system – and cannot be understood in isolation from others. I may encourage clients to take a look at their family system and past experiences in order to enhance their understanding of their current situation. CBT is a set of strategies that I often use to target the unhealthy thought processes and behaviours that may have arisen out of the family system. I also recognize that clients are unique and may require different methods. I am open to employing other strategies and tailoring sessions to suit my clients’ interests (i.e. through the use of music, art, books, writing, etc.).