Clinical Social Workers are one of the most common mental health professionals covered by insurance.
Depending on your current health benefits, it is possible for services to be covered in full or in part. Please contact your provider to verify how your plan compensates you for psychotherapy services.
These are helpful questions to ask:
- Does my extended health plan include mental health benefits?
- Do I have a deductible? If so, how much?
- How much coverage do I have? Is there a yearly limit on the number of sessions?
- Most benefit packages don’t require per-approval by your physician’s, but it’s good to check.
We accept credit card, debit, cash, cheque and e-transfers as forms of payment.
$155 to $175 per 50 minute session
$230 per 75 minute couples session
Why do I need to provide my credit card information?
Due to the high number of new clients who book their first session and don’t show up or cancel their appointment, we have implemented a policy of requiring your credit card information or payment before booking your initial session.
In addition, in order to make the process as convenient as we can for you, having your credit card information allows us to process payment for each session without you having to wait or worry about it. After your payment is processed, you immediately receive an email receipt from us for each session.
Do you have phone or Skype counseling?
For various reasons you might not be able to attend an in-person session. Research shows that online video counselling is an effective way to provide therapy. Our clients who live in various parts of Manitoba have had good experiences with online counselling.
We offer phone counselling, as well.
How do I schedule an appointment?
You can schedule an appointment by calling 204-504-6976 or e-mailing us. If you have further questions, I am happy to offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to determine if I am the right therapist for you.
What is your cancellation policy?
Clients are required to cancel appointments at least 24 hours before their session, if not able to attend. This allows our counsellors to use that appointment time for clients who are on the waitlist. There is a high demand for our qualified counsellors and appointments canceled less than 24 hours before your session will be charged the full session fee.
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who are able to ask for help are in fact quite strong and courageous. That’s because it’s a hard thing to do. Ask for help know when they need it and have the wisdom to reach out is a very healthy thing to do. Everyone needs help now and then.
You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can listen to some degree even quite well, and someone who knows what to listen for based on the issues and concerns, how to assess the impact on you and ask the right questions in order to determine what you need.
Importanly, an effective mental health professional is not there to give advice, like “I think you should do…”, but rather provide you with effective options that come from their training and experience, working with you to see what works best for you. They know that you are the expert of your life.
Based on their training, a mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way–they have a range of ‘tools’ that you can try. We’re trained to teaching you new skills, techniques, and approaches to problems your dealing with. We helping you look at the problem in different ways, gain a new perspectives on the problem. We are trained to listen to you without judgment. We teach you to listen to yourself.
And, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.