Where are you located?
My office is at 335 – 2184 West Broadway on Vancouver’s West side (Broadway and Yew).
What are your qualifications?
I have a PhD in Counselling Psychology, and am a Registered Psychologist in BC.
What is a Registered Psychologist?
A Registered Psychologist typically holds a doctoral degree in psychology and has 10 or more years of university study. Registered Psychologists are regulated by the College of Psychologists of British Columbia and are accountable to the public through the Code of Conduct.
What is your counselling experience?
I have 15 years of counselling experience in many different contexts including community, university, and mental health counselling centres; and residential treatment and hospital settings. I have helped people from diverse backgrounds with a variety of issues including stress, worry, anxiety, depression, loneliness, heartbreak, diminished self-esteem, interpersonal/relationship difficulties, identity, job and life transitions/planning, family of origin issues, grief and loss, and personal exploration and growth. I have a specialty in helping people with disordered eating and eating disorders. You can read more about me here.
How long will counselling take?
It depends, for example, on things such as your goals for counselling and the severity, complexity, and duration of the issues you are experiencing, as well as on your personal motivation for dealing with them. For some issues, big improvements can occur with 4-5 sessions, while other issues of perhaps a more longstanding, complex, or severe nature may require more sessions (e.g., up to 20, or more). We’ll check-in regularly about how counselling is going for you and how you’re feeling about progressing towards your goals.
What can I expect in the counselling process with you?
You can read about that here.
How much do you charge?
I charge $190 per 60-minute session, due at the end of each session. This fee is in line with the recommended rate for psychologists in BC ($180 – $200). You can access me for a free, 15-minute consultation by phone, to help us begin to figure out how I can be of help.
Does MSP cover your services?
No – only medical doctors and psychiatrists are covered under MSP. However, you may have some coverage to see a Registered Psychologist such as myself through your employer’s extended health benefits. At the end of each session, I will provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your extended health benefits provider. Please contact your insurance company for more information. Fees that aren’t covered by your employer might also be claimed on your income tax as a medical expense.
What methods of payment do you accept?
I accept cash in exact amount, cheque, most major credit cards, and e-transfer, due at the time of our session.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel and reschedule a session, please call me as soon as you can (at least 24 hours in advance is required, 48 hours preferred) in order to avoid being charged for a missed appointment.
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
No. However, some extended health plans do require a referral from a physician to ensure coverage. Please contact your extended health plan to find out if this applies to you.
Let me know if you have any other questions! I look forward to speaking with you. 778-828-9702