Fees

Are Registered Clinical Counsellor fees covered by extended health plans?

More and more employee and student health care plans (for example, some Blue Cross, Sunlife, ManuLife, Great West Life, and others) are providing coverage for the services of a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). This is between you and your extended health plan, so you may wish to confirm with them that they cover services from a Registered Clinical Counsellor, as you’ll need to pay for the counselling session yourself and then request reimbursement from them. If your plan does not currently cover RCC’s, you may wish to pass this brochure on to your employer and request they amend the plan to include the professional services of Registered Clinical Counsellors.

What to Do When Fees are Not Covered?

Registered Clinical Counsellor Fees are not covered by government medical plans in Canada, at this time. This can present financial difficulty for many people without additional employee and student health care coverage. Below, and by following the link to How Does it Work, I tell you how to get the most out of our counseling arrangement together, so that you can feel confident in your choice to seek support for creating the important life changes you’re looking for.

Regular Fee

There is no cost for occasional short messages for clarification or quick questions.

The regular fee for each one-hour written therapy response from me is $100 (see below regarding reduced “sliding scale” rates).  Thanks to lower office expenses, this is less than recommended by the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors’s fee schedule ($120 for a 50-minute session).  And since there’s no “appointment”, there are no late cancellation fees, transportation or parking costs.

To get the most out of each email-like writing “session”, you might find it helpful to draft a message to me, but save it instead of sending right away.  Sit on it for a couple of days, give yourself time to reflect, edit, add more thoughts.  Many people find this a helpful and therapeutic part of the process, something you can’t do in face-to-face counselling. One of the beauties of online writing therapy, you can write to me any time – day or night – whenever you need it most.

To evaluate the fees for email-like written counselling “sessions”, you might find it helpful to understand a bit more about the process. When your message is complete, click Send. With the information you’ve chosen to share with me, I will respond thoughtfully and fully, within 1 to 3 days (often sooner, though I always like to sleep on it at least once, as I often think of additional things I’d like to add). Through this process, our work together may include brainstorming, exploring new perspectives or skills, clarifying values, dreams, opportunities, strengths and resources and, perhaps most importantly, support for you to begin healing and/or creating the life changes you’re longing for. Together, we will focus on what’s important to you. To learn more about how it works, click here.

Sliding Scale

I understand that financial limitations can be a barrier, especially for those with disabilities, low incomes, or other financial obligations, and I have a limited number of spaces for people who require a reduced sliding scale rate. If you’re unable to pay the full fee, please feel free to contact me to discuss the possibility of a discounted rate. Click here for contact info.

While my goal is to reply to each email-like “counselling session” message from you within 1 to 3 business days, if you are comfortable allowing me more time than that, it will give me greater flexibility to offer you a reduced rate. And even if I’m not able to accommodate a low enough rate for you right now, I can let you know as soon as I have space available, so please don’t hesitate to let me know what you can afford.

Another possibility is to have infrequent sessions (say, once a month) and I can recommend homework sessions for you to go through on your own in between. We can then debrief about your experience and incorporate that process into our sessions together.

Upcoming!

I plan, in the future, to offer online group sessions and other services that can be done in a more affordable way, making online counselling more accessible to people with financial limitations.  This website will be updated when this is available.  If you’d like me to add your name to the waiting list so I can let you know when this service is available, please send me your contact info below.  Please note: this one is NOT a secure message, so please be sure NOT to include any personal, confidential info. And rest assured, I will not use your contact information for any other purpose, without your request or permission.