Finding a counsellor that is a good fit for your own needs, preferences, and personality style can be difficult. I offer a free, 30-minute telephone consult to provide you the opportunity to determine if I am a good fit for you.
All counselling sessions are currently conducted by telephone or video. A typical counselling session is 60-minutes in duration. Sessions can be weekly, biweekly, or monthly depending on your needs and preferences. Most clients take part in between 7 and 12 sessions; however, some issues can be adequately resolved in 3 or fewer sessions. The fee for a 60-minute telephone session is $170. The services of Registered Psychologists are covered by most employer insurance and extended benefits plans. You can verify that my services are covered by contacting you insurance provider. A sliding fee scale is available for those without insurance coverage.
Sometimes, particularly at the start of therapy, our focus will be on you having the opportunity to talk about what you are struggling with and how it fits in with your life story. At these times, my role is that of listener and my primary goal is to gain an understanding of who you are, what you are struggling with, and to see your struggles through your eyes as best I can. When both you and I feel that I have a good understanding of what you are struggling with, we can start to identify what changes you might need to make and how I can help you make those changes. Planning is a highly collaborative process. Together, we will be striving to identify important values, set goals, and develop action plans.
Our experiences are multi-modal, consisting of thoughts, feelings, sensations, and behaviours. Often, subtle shifts in any one of these aspects of experience can cascade through the others and generate meaningful positive change in our lives. Our counselling work may emphasize one or more of these aspects of experience but will likely touch on all of them in some way.
Evidence-based therapies are incorporated into individualized treatment plans. The therapies include, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
The ability to observe our thoughts, feelings, and sensations without being driven by them can free us from patterns of mind that our getting in the way of our living our lives to the fullest. For this reason, I may ask you if you would be willing to incorporate mindfulness-based skills and strategies into our counselling work.
I believe that real, lasting change comes from the doing. My counselling approach is highly skills-based and will focus on helping you learn and practice skills and strategies you can use, not just to get through this particular struggle at this point in time, but to effectively manage future difficulties as well. Skills targeted include goal setting and monitoring, mindfulness, perspective taking, and assertive communication skills.
It is important to me you feel safe, understood, respected, and accepted. It is also important that you feel that we are focusing our attention on what is important to you and that our work together is helping you. I will encourage regular open and honest discussion about how you are feeling about the counselling relationship; counselling goals, methods, and activities; and your progress. I will then adapt my therapeutic style and preferred therapeutic approaches to fit with your personality style, values, and beliefs, needs and preferences.
I am strongly committed to you receiving the best possible care. In the event that you or I believe that you may benefit from someone with a different style, different approach, or specific knowledge or experience outside of my areas of expertise, I will make every effort to refer you to someone who will be a better fit for your preferences and needs.