fees & info

Fees

I have attempted to keep counselling services more accessible by setting my rates somewhat below those specified by the College of Alberta Psychologists.

Payment at Varsity Natural Health Center is by debit, credit, cash or cheque.  For Skype clients, I accept electronic bank transfer.

Please also note that most health insurance plans provide some coverage of counselling fees, so you may be able to pursue some reimbursement of the fees you pay upfront. Receipts are provided for this purpose.  Direct billing via Varsity Natural Health Center is also available for some insurance providers. I am a Registered Social Worker, and many insurance plans will cover services from a RSW, but some do not. It is up to you to confirm what you are covered for prior to our first appointment.

Intake

You will be asked to complete a short intake form that provides me/Varsity Natural Health Center with some basic information. Required forms are available for you to review, download, and complete ahead of time if you so choose. Please go to the forms page.

Your Initial Session

If you have not already completed the intake form,  you will be asked to do so. Guidelines around the confidentiality of counselling services will also be reviewed with you in detail at that time, as well as the cancellation policy and a few other points. You will be asked to give your written consent for treatment.

Frequency and Duration

Frequency of counselling sessions is negotiable and best assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Counselling sessions are a minimum one hour in length.

The duration of counselling will depend on numerous factors. While many people experience some immediate relief from their distress once they start attending, it usually requires at least a few months of regular attendance for any significant change to occur. By regular attendance, this could mean anything from weekly to once every 2-3 weeks.

Please note that evening appointments are available.

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