Counselling Services

Counselling and Psychotherapy

As a clinician, I work primarily out of a "strengths-based" perspective which means that I look at all the tools that a person has used in the past to deal with hardships and look at the ways that they can be honed and developed to be used in other challenging situations. As clients explore these past experiences, they might find that they want new tools to manage the current challenges they face which is when we turn to some of the techniques I have acquired through my experience, education, and training.

I would describe the tools that I've collected for clients to use as "eclectic" which is to say that I gather them up and present the tools that I think might fit with how someone sees and relates with the world around them. In my work, I pull tools and techniques from mindfulness-based practices, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectic behaviour therapy (DBT), and psychodynamic theory among others.

In the past, I have helped clients work through depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationships, life transitions and stresses, and different types of trauma.

With all of this said, every person is different so we will figure out together what approach works best for you.

Fees

My current fees are:

  • 15-minute consultation: no cost

  • individual, 1-hour session: $120

  • couple/family, 1-hour session: $150

I am able to currently offer services virtually and over the phone.
I have limited in-person availability. Please contact me for further details.
All fees must be paid on the day of the session.

Insurance and Extended Health Benefits

My services are covered under any Extended Health Benefits plan which pays for the services of a Registered Social Worker. I can provide either printed or electronic receipts. I am also able to directly bill a limited number of health insurance companies and am an affiliate provider with a number of EAPs. Please contact me for further details.

For those enrolled in the following programs, I can provide counselling to you at no-cost (as defined by the specific program):


Tax Deductions

My counselling services are tax-exempt which means that there are no taxes to pay for these services.

As per the British Columbia College of Social Workers:

"We have been advised by the Canadian Association of Social Workers, that registered social workers and registered clinical social workers are now recognized as ‘medical practitioners’ under the Income Tax Act.

This means that clinical services provided by RSWs and RCSWs can be claimed on clients’ income tax returns. In accordance with the Medical Expense Tax Credit (METC), the Government of Canada will reimburse recipients of clinical services at the prescribed rate.

In addition to being recognized as an authorized medical practitioner under METC, RSWs and RCSWs ensure that the public receives services from qualified, ethical professionals in the field.

For further information about the METC, please visit: www.cra.gc.ca/medical

A list of authorized medical practitioners by province or territory can be found on the Canada Revenue Agency Chart.

For more information and to view the CASW press release, click here."