How often should I come for counselling?
This is something that your counsellor will discuss with you during your first counselling session. However, while there may be exceptions, it is generally advisable to plan on scheduling sessions weekly or every second week. Duration of treatment is dependent on a number of factors, including the severity of the concern for which help is being sought.
Do you offer direct billing or sliding scale rates?
Although Alberta Health Care does not cover psychological services, coverage may be provided by by most extended health benefit plans including Alberta Blue Cross, Canada Life, Green Shield Canada and others.
Yes; I have some spots for clients requiring a reduced fee. Please contact me to inquire about my current ability to accommodate your needs.
What is a Provisional Registered Psychologist?
In order to become approved to use the title Provisional Registered Psychologist, the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) reviews each applicants’ transcripts. A provisional psychologist, must have completed at least a Master’s Degree in psychology (or related field).
CAP considers whether the applicant has sufficient knowledge of mental health practices (intervention, client care, ethics); has obtained a clear police record check (with clearance to work with vulnerable persons) and has proof of liability insurance. The applicant must also have been declared fit to engage in practice.
A provisional psychologist must have a supervisor and a supervision plan as all work must be supervised by a registered psychologist with considerable experience in the provisional psychologists chosen area of practice.
How long does therapy take?
The length of therapy depends on a number of factors and can only really be determined on a case-by-case basis. Most clients start to see some positive changes within the first 4-6 sessions, and feel that therapy is complete somewhere between 6-18 sessions. In cases where there has been a long-standing concern, it is possible to continue with more sessions if feasible and will contribute to continued improvement.