Below are answers to the questions I get asked the most:
Is everything I tell you in counselling confidential?
Confidentiality is a key to the effectiveness of the counselling process, so the personal information you share in counselling will be kept confidential. Confidentiality continues after the end of the counselling relationship. You should be aware, however, that legal and ethical requirements specify certain conditions in which it may be necessary for me to discuss information about you with other professionals. If you have any questions about these limitations, please ask me about them before we begin our counselling relationship or at any time during our sessions. Some exceptions to the counsellor’s duty of confidentiality are:
(a) if a child is or may be at risk of abuse or neglect, or in need of protection;
(b) if a counsellor believes that you or another person is at clear risk of imminent harm;
(c) for the purpose of complying with a legal order such as a subpoena, or if the disclosure is otherwise required or authorized by law.
I may also disclose information for the purpose of professional consultation, in which case your identity will remain confidential.
What therapeutic approach do you use?
My approach to counselling is best described as eclectic drawing primarily from Adlerian and Collaborative Competency Based approaches. Depending on the age and specific needs of my clients I also work using brief therapy models such as Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. With developmentally younger clients I often use expressive art/play based approaches.
What happens if I have to reschedule or cancel a session?
24 hours notice from the time of your appointment is required to reschedule or cancel sessions. You can reschedule sessions on this basis Monday-Friday for the next business day. For sessions on Mondays, please call to reschedule on the Friday before. Sessions that are cancelled or missed without the required notice will be subject to the full session fee.
What are your fees and how are they paid?
A counselling ‘hour’ is a 50 minute session. Inclusive of any taxes, the fee is $120 per hour for individual counselling and $140 per hour for couple or family counselling. I do operate a sliding scale for students or individuals on low incomes. Payment is due at the time of the counselling or consultation session. Payment can be made by cheque or cash.