Registered Professional Counsellor
Fees and Important Information
Counselling is billed at $60.00 per counselling hour; 55 minutes for counselling, and 5 minutes for clinical notes. Services such as consultations, reports, and letter writing are billed at the same rate.
My Counselling Approach
I use elements of client-centered, humanistic, and short-term dynamic models of counselling. My approach is to help you reach the underlying cause of the issue you are facing, rather than only addressing symptoms at the surface. This helps to understand the source of the challenges you are facing, and then we can work toward accomplishing the goals you have for counselling. I also use aspects of cognitive-behavioral therapy through the use of therapeutic homework.
If I had to describe my philosophy to counselling I would say 'change'. Change is an integral part of our lives and the ability to effectively cope with change is a challenge many people face. I work with clients to achieve the positive changes they want to see. Most clients I see struggle with decision-making, stress, life transitions (e.g., graduating university and entering the workforce, moving out on their own for the first time), depression, anxiety, and self-injury. I provide services in-person and online to clients from all walks of life. Online sessions are billed at the same rate as in-person sessions and are conducted via Zoom.
I also provide e-counselling through 7 Cups. 7 Cups is a message-based service where you pay a monthly subscription fee to receive counselling over your phone or computer. You never have to go to an office or schedule an appointment. Messages are exchanged asynchronously (not in real-time) between you and your counselling. E-counselling is an established format where you can receive counselling from nearly anywhere in the world. All you need is the 7 Cups mobile app, and/or an internet connection or data plan on a smartphone.
Please note billing is handled directly through the 7 Cups website as a recurring monthly fee of $150.00 USD or $49.00 USD depending on the membership plan you choose. The default membership plan is $150.00 USD per month.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are you a psychologist?
No. I am a Registered Professional Counsellor registered with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association. I have passed a qualifying examination, completed a 2-year supervised candidacy, and demonstrated competencies in various areas of mental health through testing and clinical supervision. I also carry professional liability insurance.
Will my insurance cover me?
Not usually. Services provided by Registered Professional Counsellors are not covered by most extended health insurance plans and are not covered by the provincial health plan (MSI). There are some extended health insurance plans that offer coverage for counselling provided by Registered Profession Counsellors, however approval is provided on a case-by-case basis. Please contact your insurance company to determine your eligibility for coverage. Some companies have grouped Registered Professional Counsellors in the same category as clinical therapists, social workers, or psychotherapists (not psychologists or psychiatrists) for billing purposes. I am unable to direct bill insurance plans.
If you would like to check with your insurance provider about coverage for Registered Professional Counsellors, I would be happy to provide you with a letter of support from CPCA for services.
I think I have ADHD, can you diagnose me?
No. Diagnosis is a protected healthcare service which can only be done by a registered psychologist or a doctor (e.g., family doctor or psychiatrist).
Why is your rate cheaper than other counselling rates?
Mental health should not be cost-prohibitive and should be accessible to everyone. In acknowledgement of the situation with insurance coverage and to provide counselling at an affordable cost, I offer a discounted rate to make it as affordable as possible for everyone. Sessions are $60.00 per counselling hour; 55 minutes for in-session time and 5 minutes for note-taking. If you would like services but have limited financial resources, please contact me to discuss options.
**Please note e-counselling is billed directly through 7 Cups at a monthly subscription rate of $150.00 USD. This cannot be changed per 7 Cups policies.**
What kind of services do you provide?
I provide one-on-one counselling for a variety of mental health concerns, and also conduct screening for mental health disorders. Counsellors cannot provide diagnoses in Nova Scotia per provincial regulation. If you require a formal diagnosis your information can be forwarded (with your written consent) to a psychologist or psychiatrist of your choice. If you do not have a psychologist, I can make a recommendation and/or referral for you.
Counselling sessions are audio recorded for clinical and note-taking purposes. In addition to taking notes in session, audio recordings are used to aid in clinical note management and minimize interruptions. The audio recordings also allow the Counsellor and client to revisit previous sessions and discuss progress. Audio recordings are handled in an identical way to your counselling file and are not shared without your express written consent. Files are stored on a password-protected computer in a password-protected, encrypted file. For more information about the use and storage of your counselling file and session recordings, please contact me.