FEES & PAYMENT INFO
Fees for psychological services and counselling are on a session by session basis, based on the rates recommended by the Psychologist Association of Alberta. These are currently $190/hour per session. Session rates are subject to change and clients will be notified prior to any session bookings.
Payment is due on the same day and typically at the end of the session. I currently accept payment by cash, cheque, credit card, and e-transfer.
Many insurance health plans provide coverage for psychological services and your insurance provider can provide you with details regarding your plan. A receipt will be provided to you for reimbursement from your insurance provider.
Direct billing is available for Alberta Blue Cross members, SSQ Insurance, and Green Shield.
Please provide 24 hours notice if you cannot attend your appointment for any reason, or need to change it. Changes or cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice will incur a $100 cancellation fee for a first occurrence, with any subsequent late cancellations charged at the regular hourly rate.
Sessions are 50 minutes long, usually on a 1 to 2 weekly basis however, this may vary depending on the treatment plan. An assessment will be completed at the first session to develop a shared understanding of the problem(s) and identify your specific goals that you want help with. From this we will develop a treatment plan, and you will be provided with an estimation of the number of sessions required. Treatment typically lasts between 6-20 sessions however, it is important to remember that people get better in their own time and you may need less or more than this.
A key part of treatment is homework. This may include reading material or specific tasks, such as keeping a diary of your thoughts, or practicing a new skill. The homework tasks will give you the opportunity to test out and practice techniques you have learned, or to expose yourself gradually to feared situations. These are key to you making progress in treatment.
Information shared with your psychologist is private and confidential, and protected by rules and regulations of the profession of psychology. Other than in certain circumstances, information will not be shared without your written consent. Circumstances in which confidential information may be released without your consent will be fully explained during the assessment session. Please note that minors (under the age of 18 years) require the consent of their legal guardian(s) to undergo psychological treatment. During the initial assessment appointment an agreement regarding the level of privacy between the psychologist, guardian(s), and minor can be determined however, guardian(s) will always be informed about any issues that compromise safety.
I offer a free consultation, approximately 15-20 minutes, to discuss briefly your goals of therapy so that we can determine, as best we can, whether I am the best person to help you and to answer any questions you may have. To arrange an appointment or brief consultation, please contact me via email or telephone 403 389 8771.
You will need to complete an client registration form containing basic demographic information. If preferred, this can be completed prior to your first session. During the initial session, issues relating to confidentiality, billing, and cancellation will be discussed, and your signed informed consent will be obtained, confirming your agreement to these terms.