Appointments, Fees, and Terms of Payment
Covid-19 / Coronavirus issue
To support people and to maintain Social Distancing during this time of uncertainty we only offer private and confidential video or phone sessions. We continue to provide 50- and 80-minute effective therapy, including EMDR therapy by Video and Phone sessions.
Some clients request shorter session to help reduce current level of distress. We offer 30-minute sessions at half the cost – $60 plus GST.
See payment method below.
The initial session may last 50 minutes unless we make prior arrangements. Thereafter we may confirm 50 minute or 80-minute sessions with you in order to meet your needs and goals. It is recommended that your initial sessions be scheduled once a week, or bi-weekly. As healing progresses you may find once every 3 to 4 weeks will maintain your growth and progress.
You can refer yourself — what is known as a self-referral — or a family doctor or any other health care provider can refer you.
Our office hours are Monday to Thursday 10 am – 7:30 p.m. With prior arrangement, we may sometimes accept appointments outside these hours.
Video or Telephone sessions may be possible, billed at the hourly rate.
We offer a free, no obligation 20 -minute phone consultation for people who are inquiring about our services for the first time.
We also offer a free no obligation 20 – minute consultation meeting in person
This gives us a chance to talk and determine if we are a good fit. You can explain your concerns and ask any questions you wish. Our therapist will ask you questions and assess your needs. Together you and the therapist will determine if our therapist has the necessary expertise to support you.
If you must cancel or reschedule a session, please give me 48 hours notice. Any sessions canceled with less than 48 hours notice will be billed the normal fee.
If you have any questions, please call me at 604-807-9759 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees and Terms of Payment
Payment for Video and Phone sessions – you may pay online by Visa and Mastercard through our invoicing system. You may also pay by e-transfer through your bank.
Payment for Office sessions – can be made by cash, e-transfer, or credit card (VISA, Mastercard).
Payment is due at the start of each session. We will issue an official receipt that you can remit to an insurance company for reimbursement or keep and use as a medical expense’s deduction on your tax returns.
The cost of a 50-minute individual session is $125. An 80-minute individual session costs $180.
Family therapy and couples therapy costs $130 for a 50-minute session. An 80-minute session costs $190.
*Please note I am required to charge GST on all counselling service rates. GST is not reflected in the rates above.
Payment can be made by cash, e-transfer, or credit card (VISA, Mastercard). Payment is due at the start of each session. We will issue an official receipt that you can remit to an insurance company for reimbursement or keep and use as a medical expense’s deduction on your tax returns.
As Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), our services are covered by most employee insurance plans.
We are registered with other service assistance programs (SAP) that fund clinical counselling services. These include:
- Blue Cross
- Great West Life
- Manual Life
- Crime Victims Assistance Program (CVAP)
- First Nations Health Authority (FNHA).
Direct billing to third parties is possible with some SAPs. Please ask. I’ll be happy to discuss your options.
If you have any questions about payment, or if at any point fees become an issue, I encourage you to discuss the situation openly with me.