Counselling Services

Counselling and Psychotherapy

As a clinician, I work primarily out of a "strengths-based" perspective which means that when we talk about the things you want to change in your life, I'm not only considering what you struggle with but also all the things that you're great at. In my experience, we all have skills and tools that we might not be aware of and part of my role is to uncover them with you. In some cases, we might also want to add to your toolkit to give you more options to deal with life's challenges. In the past, I've helped clients work through depression, anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions, communication skills, and trauma

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, dialectical behaviour therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.

Not all tools or techniques will work with every person, so our job will be to find the ones that work best for you.

To book a free 15-min consultation, email me at phil@philmach.ca or call 778-557-3744.

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. They can also be deducted from your income when you report your taxes.

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 the CRA's website.
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.