Common Questions

What About Confidentiality?

Counselling is a confidential relationship. What you share with me will not go any further.

There are some limits to confidentiality, related to professional consultation and protecting the client or others from harm. Such limits or exceptions are explained at the beginning of therapy, or you can contact me with your questions.

How Often Are Sessions?

Regularly scheduled sessions are often best for people new to therapy. A specific number of sessions can be agreed on at the start of counselling. Some people prefer therapy to be an open-ended process of exploration. Some prefer to have sessions on an “as needed” basis.

The best way to decide this is to let your therapist know what you feel you need, ask their opinion and then decide what works for you. For best results and also for your budget, frequency of sessions should be reviewed as counselling proceeds.

What about Fees?

• Sessions normally last an hour, or can be pro-rated to a maximum of 1 1/2 hours.

• Twenty-four hours is necessary for cancellation.

• Payment is due at the end of each session.

• Fees can be applied as part of medical expenses at tax time.

• Insurance benefits will usually reimburse the client.

• My sliding scale for individuals is $100-$150 per hour. Couples: $120-$170. To find out how the sliding scale applies, please contact me.

Besides my issues, why else do therapy?

The purpose of counselling will vary according to the many individuals who engage in it. Psychotherapy can also serve to deepen your “life journey”.

The following may give you a sense of what I mean:

• The purpose of counselling is to become more yourself.

• To “metabolize” the past or present wounds you carry forward in your life.

• To develop inner resources to face what life brings you with confidence, resilience and enjoyment.

• To learn to follow your own self-healing process.

• To engage with your life realistically.

• To free yourself from what holds you back.

• To encourage and empower you to contribute in ways that are meaningful to you.

I am happy to answer any questions. Feel free to contact me through the contact form on this site.

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