Counselling is a space to heal and grow. You may be confronting a specific issue like anxiety, depression, or relationship trouble. Or you might have a more general feeling of dissatisfaction. In our sessions, we will assess the situation and identify how to move forward. Counselling is a collaborative process that will build on your unique strengths and skills.
Although I am not currently accepting new clients in my private practice, I hope that the following questions are helpful in thinking about counselling.
What will happen in our first session?
In our first session, I will work with you to identify your goals for counselling and understand what kinds of interventions and processes might be most useful to your specific situation. After learning more about your goals, history, and treatment preferences, I will partner with you to create a plan for our work together.
Will Counselling Help?
Hundreds of studies have confirmed the effectiveness of psychotherapy for a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. Counselling has been shown to be as effective as medication in treating depression, and more effective in preventing relapse. For a wide range of anxiety concerns, including social anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety, psychotherapy and medication appear to be equally effective, and psychotherapy is generally recommended as the first line of treatment. If you are interested in more information on treatment effectiveness, you may want to read this 2013 report by the Canadian Psychological Association.
Research suggests that something called "therapeutic alliance" is a big predictor of success in counselling. What does this mean? Choosing a counsellor whom you like and trust can help ensure that your counselling goals are met. I always encourage people to "trust your gut" when choosing a counsellor. Your initial feelings about someone can be a good clue as to whether or not you will work well together.
How much does it cost? How do I pay?
My fees are $125 for a 50-minute session for individual clients, couples, or families. Fees are due at the time of service. I accept check, cash, or credit card.
Can I use my extended health benefits?
If your benefits include services by RCCs (Registered Clinical Counsellors), then our meetings should be eligible for coverage. To determine your coverage, call your plan and ask them the following questions: "Do I have mental health counselling benefits?" "If so, are services by RCCs covered?" and "What are the coverage rates and limits?"
What are your professional credentials and qualifications?
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (#14001). I am also licensed to practice as a Mental Health Counselor by the State of New York, License #004718. The New York state license requires two years (1500 hours) of supervised counselling experience after completing graduate school in counselling. It also requires a supervised counselling internship while in graduate school. The RCC similarly requires supervised experience, references from previous supervisors and professional colleagues, and graduate counselling training.