Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve never been to counselling. What can I expect in the first session?
The first session is for us to meet and find out a bit about your background, what has brought you to counselling, and what you hope to get out of counselling.
Don’t worry if you don’t know where to start. I will guide you by asking you some questions, feel free to answer what you feel comfortable with.
Once I have a good sense of what your counselling goals are, we will focus on equipping you with the knowledge and tools that would be the most helpful for your situation.
I personally understand how important it is to feel comfortable with your counsellor prior to beginning therapy, please feel free to book a free 15-minute consultation with me to see if we are the right fit.
How do I prepare for an online counselling session?
Online counselling offers you the convenience and privacy of accessing counselling from the comfort of your own home.
You would need a private space, and a computer or phone with a good internet connection. We will be using a secure, encrypted video platform that meets Canadian privacy law requirements.
Are counselling sessions covered by MSP?
Counselling sessions are not covered by MSP. However, many extended health plans cover counselling provided by a Registered Clinical Counsellor. Please check with your plan provider or visit the Rates & Insurance page for more details.
How do I know if I need counselling?
Life has its ups and downs, and feelings of sadness, fear, anger and guilt are part of the human experience. However, if you find that these feelings are lasting for weeks or months without relief, or that they are getting in the way of your work, relationships, or life in general, counselling can be helpful for you.
Counselling can also be helpful for individuals who are managing but feel that they are not reaching their full potential, or for people who want to gain more self-awareness on why they think or behave the way that they do.
If you are unsure whether your current issue is suitable for counselling, I encourage you to reach out and we can discuss your particular situation.
How is counselling different from talking to my family and friends?
Counsellors have specialized knowledge, skills and experience in helping you with your particular issues.
The confidential and non-judgmental nature within the counselling relationship allows you to explore challenging issues in a safe environment, knowing that what we discuss will not be shared with others, unless required by law.