Frequently Asked Questions
Do I really need therapy?
At some point in every person’s life, things can get more challenging. Many situations that come up in the course of daily living are difficult to handle. Lots of people eventually get to the point where they feel like they can’t handle these situations on their own. Nevertheless, I believe in the premise that although not everyone needs therapy, we all can benefit from it.
How will I know if you are the right therapist for me?
Psychologists and their clients work together. This is why having the right match is important. In general, once the qualifications and competence of a psychologist have been confirmed, the most important factor is the ability to develop a good relationship between the client and the psychologist. This relationship is crucial for obtaining the most benefits in therapy. In fact, the relationship is more important than any skills and the theoretical orientation from which the psychologist works from. I offer a 20 min free phone consultation, you can book this free consultation to determine if I could be a good match for you.
Do you offer online services?
I am offering online videoconferencing sessions using secure software. Research involving online psychotherapy shows considerable promise for the treatment of many common concerns. This service is very convenient for those who are unable or unwilling to travel outside their home, especially now due to COVID-19.
What are your fees?
I follow the recommended fee schedule of the Psychologists Association of Alberta. I charge $200 for a 50 min individual session. For clients with financial issues, I offer a sliding scale for services. Fees are covered by most employee benefit plans and I can direct bill Alberta Blue Cross, Great West Life, Manulife, and Green Shield.
Is therapy private?
Therapy is most effective when you can be open and honest. Therefore, ensuring privacy and confidentiality is of utmost importance and a psychologist can not share any information without your written consent. In some specific circumstances, psychologists are required to disclose information without your written consent. In Alberta, these exceptions include protecting vulnerable populations (e.g., children, the elderly, or a person with a disability) from harm or neglect; immediate and grave danger to self or another identifiable person; or when court-ordered.
How long will I be in therapy?
There is no way to precisely predict the amount of time you spend in therapy. Counselling is deeply personal and depends on your individual needs and goals. The number of recommended sessions varies by condition and treatment type but there is not a prescribed set since every individual is unique.
If you have any additional questions, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below. I would be happy to connect and answer any question.