Seeing a psychologist
Do you prescribe medication?
Psychologists in British Columbia cannot prescribe medications. If you have questions regarding medication, please consult with your family physician.
Do I need a referral (i.e., from a physician)?
No referral is needed. You can contact my office at the Changeways Clinic directly to arrange an appointment.
What if I am in crisis and require help immediately?
If you are in crisis and require emergency mental health assistance, please call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency department of your nearest hospital.
Are treatment sessions confidential?
Yes, information that is discussed in therapy is confidential and is not shared without your written permission. That being said, there are some limits to this confidentiality that are standard in the profession, which will be discussed openly with you at the beginning of your first appointment.
What can I expect at the first appointment?
The initial appointment is considered the 'assessment' session. It is dedicated to helping me learn about you and your specific concerns. Information you provide will assist me with gaining an understanding and formulating ideas about how I may be able to help, which will be shared with you. During this visit, you are also welcome to ask me any questions you may have including those regarding the treatment approach or process. It is an opportunity for us to determine whether I am a good fit for your needs or if a referral to another professional would be more suitable.
How long is each session? How frequently will we meet?
Sessions are approximately 50 minutes long and typically occur once per week. However, I will work with you to tailor the frequency of your appointments to your specific needs.
How long will treatment take?
This is a good question. The answer depends on a wide range of factors, such as the severity of the symptoms, complexity of the problem(s), individual's engagement in treatment, and resources available to the individual. Therapy is a collaborative process and your progress and goals will be discussed throughout the course of treatment.
Fees and Appointments
What is the fee for treatment?
My current fee is $200 for each 50-minute session. This rate is aligned with the guidelines set by the BC Psychological Association.
Payment is due at the time of the appointment. It can be made by cash or cheque.
Are services covered by the provincial Medical Services Plan (MSP)?
Psychological services at private clinics are not currently covered by MSP. However, many extended health plans provide coverage for sessions with a Registered Psychologist. Please consult your provider for details. Psychological services not covered by extended health plans might be a tax-deductible medical expense.
What happens if I am unable to make it to an appointment?
You can reschedule your appointment when you know that you will not be able to make it. However, please be aware that appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours' notice (as well as missed appointments) may be subject to the full session fee.