Data Analyst; Counsellor
Are you a psychologist? Can you diagnose me?
No. I am a Registered Professional Counsellor registered with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association. Diagnosis is a protected healthcare service which can only be done by a registered psychologist or a doctor (e.g., family doctor or psychiatrist). 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.
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 Registered Profession Counsellors, however this is 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.
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 lower fee 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.
Will you tell anyone what I talk about?
No, anything we talk about is confidential with certain exceptions as outlined by law (for example, reporting abuse/neglect of a vulnerable person). As with all mental health professionals, I undergo peer supervision to ensure best practices in client care. During supervision, your counsellor may discuss your situation with other counsellors. Your personal information is protected during these conversations, and no identifying information is shared.
What about teenagers/young adults?
Under the mature minor doctrine, adolescents can attend counselling without parental permission. Similar to other clients, adolescents' information is confidential and private - even to parents. This means that parents or guardians cannot access their information without consent from their child. If an adolescent is at immediate risk to themselves or another person, the same protocol is followed as for adults (e.g., crisis intervention, hospital referral, duty to warn).
If I tell you I hurt myself, will you have me admitted to the hospital?
If you tell your counsellor you have hurt yourself, the first priority is to make sure you are okay. You will work together on a safe plan, managing emotions, and crisis intervention (if needed). If you and counsellor determine you may still be at risk, you may be referred to the local emergency room for assessment - this is not common.
If I tell you that I am thinking about suicide, will you have me admitted to the hospital?
Not necessarily. If you tell your counsellor you are thinking about death or suicide, the first priority is to make sure you are okay. You will work together on a safe plan, managing emotions, and crisis intervention. If you and counsellor determine you may still be at risk, you may be referred to the local emergency room for assessment - this is not common.