Frequently Asked Questions
How much does counselling cost?
My fee for service is $100.00 per session for individuals, and $125.00 per session for couples, paid by cash, cheque, credit card (with additional service charge) or e-transfer. As I am a Registered Social Worker, my fee is covered by most extended health insurance policies/plans. You will pay at the time of your session and I will provide you with a receipt at the time that has my registration number.
How long will my sessions last?
Sessions generally last 50-60 minutes.
How long will it take until I feel some relief?
You may find you’re able to make shifts and feel some relief quickly.
How long does counselling last?
The duration of counselling has to do with how deeply you are able to work, how much you have done previously, how ready you are to work now, and the quality of our fit. We can provide both short-term and longer-term therapy. We will discuss the course of counselling throughout our work together.
How do I know that my counsellor will keep what I say confidential?
It is every counsellors ethical obligation to inform you of all limits to confidentiality. You have the right to confidentiality in all but a few circumstances and I will discuss that with you at your first session. You will be asked to sign an “Informed Consent” form at the beginning of your counselling. This consent will act as a confidentiality contract between us.
What if my symptoms get worse after I start counselling?
Some people experience an increase in unpleasant symptoms at the beginning of counselling, as difficult issues are being stirred up. If you are able to manage this phase of counselling, there is usually great relief as the work progresses. We will help you learn new ways to cope with unpleasant symptoms.
Everyone talks about the importance of a “good fit.” How do I know if the fit is right?
Remember that it is normal to feel some anxiety about your first session, and it is hard to assess the fit until you’ve been through a few sessions. Research shows that therapeutic fit is the most important factor in successful counselling. A good fit is one where you feel empowered to ask questions about your counselling and welcomed to negotiate changes in direction ~ where you genuinely feel you are in control of your progress