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  • What happens during the first session?
    During the first therapy session we will explore some of the issues you are seeking help with, discuss your therapeutic goals, and collaborate on a plan to improve your mental health. The first session is a chance for us to get to know one another and determine if we are a good fit to work together. At this time I will also provide you with more information on the therapeutic process, my approach, and treatment options.
  • What happens during ongoing sessions?
    Every treatment plan varies for each person, as no one’s needs are exactly the same. Although the work in each session may differ from individual to individual, all ongoing sessions share core elements of focusing on change and growth. At each session we will review how you are doing on your therapeutic goals, celebrate the changes and growth you have experienced, and determine what is working or not working in your life. I strive to ensure all clients walk away from every session with tangible strategies to try between appointments to improve their well-being.
  • How long are sessions?
    Therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length, with 10 minutes of the therapy hour allotted for required documentation and record keeping. Longer sessions are available and are billed at the equivalent rate. To book a longer session, contact me.
  • What if I cannot attend my session or I am late?
    Please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot attend your appointment. No-shows, cancellations and rebooking without 24-hours-notice will result in a late cancellation/no-show fee of $100. Clients who do not check into the online platform or who are unreachable via phone within 20 minutes of the appointment start time will be considered a no-show.
  • How do I book an appointment?
    Appointments can be booked via phone, email or online via the client portal. Please note that a valid credit card is required at the time of booking, but your card will not be charged at that time. To book online click here. To book via phone, give me a call at 587-853-6600. Voicemail is confidential and all calls will be returned as soon as possible. To book via email contact me.
  • Do I have to prepare anything for sessions?
    No preparation for sessions is required! However, to ensure you get the most out of your therapy hour I recommend you have water, tissues, and a paper/pen handy for your session. Headphones can improve sound quality and running a sound/mic check on your computer before your session never hurts either. For more tips on how to get the most out of your therapy sessions, check out this blog post and podcast on this topic!
  • How do online sessions work?
    Online sessions are completed via a secure video platform (Owl Practice and To access your online session, login to the client portal and click the “Join” button next to your appointment. Please note that the “Join” button will only appear 30 minutes prior to your session. At the time of your session I will pick you up from the virtual waiting room and begin the session.
  • How do phone sessions work?
    For phone sessions, at the time of your appointment I will call you at the number provided at the time of booking. Please ensure your ringer is on!
  • My session disconnected, now what?"
    Don’t panic! These things happen sometimes because the internet goblins make it so. If any internet issues arise and you cannot reconnect within 5 minutes, I will call you to continue your therapy session over the phone.
  • What is Fanfiction Therapy?
    Fanfiction Therapy is a great way to incorporate the stuff you love into therapy. From warlocks and dragons, to wizards and unicorns, and everything in between. Whatever you are into, whether it’s through gaming, TV, music or movies: we can incorporate the things you love into therapy.
  • What are common things people learn in counselling for ADHD?
    Counselling for ADHD typically focuses on helping individuals and families manage symptoms in the most problematic areas. Some common goals include: -Improving time management skills -learning coping tools for emotional regulation -Psycho education on ADHD -Increasing awareness of the impacts of ADHD symptoms in various contexts -Learning how to get motivated and finish tasks -Increasing self-esteem and compassion -Strategies for improving focus -Creating more ADHD friendly spaces e.g. at home, at the office -Learning study skills/report writing skills Virtual counselling for ADHD can help the individual with ADHD to manage their symptoms where they live, from the comfort of their own home. Caregivers, family members, friends and roommates may also benefit from supportive virtual counselling, as they may learn to help their ADHD loved one manage their symptoms, understand them better, and improve their communication. For more information, book a consultation.
  • How much do services cost?
    Session fees are set in accordance with the Recommended Fee Schedule from the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, at a standard rate of $220 per hour (50 minute session + 10 minutes allotted for required record keeping and administration). Report writing, telephone consultation with third-parties, letters and form completion are billed at the rate of the service being provided and the time to complete requests.
  • Do you have a sliding scale rate for therapy sessions?
    Yes I do! Our sliding scale ranges from $150-$190 per session and is based on annual gross income. Contact me for more information
  • What payment methods do you accept?
    Payment is accepted via Visa, Mastercard, or e-transfer. Please note that if you intend to pay via e-transfer you must provide a valid credit card or $100 late cancellation/no-show deposit before booking. Direct billing is available for some insurance companies via eClaims and to Blue Cross. To find out if your insurance company allows direct billing from psychologists, contact me.
  • Do you direct bill benefit providers?
    Yes! Direct billing is possible for some benefit providers including but not limited to: Alberta Blue Cross and Canada Life. If you are interested in direct billing, inform your clinician and they can check if your benefit provider allows direct billing.
  • Are your services covered under Alberta Health Care?
    No, unfortunately at this time psychologists are not covered under Alberta Health Care. Most health benefit plans and Employee Assistance Programs will cover fees in part or in whole for services provided by psychologists in private practice.
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