Frequently Asked Questions

A: Moving from Misery to Meaning, counselling invites you to delve deeper into creating and finding personal meaning in your own life. Sessions are process-orientated and geared toward what you want to get out of it. I use a Feedback-Informed Treatment approach (FIT) which allows greater value and effectiveness in each and every session. Acceptance & Commitment Training (ACT) as well as Expressive Art can be woven through the session to gain effectiveness.

Learning is part of the counselling process. New life begins to grow in our dismal places as we intentionally engage in this process of discovery.

Life is not a problem to be solved but rather an experiment to be lived. Let’s live it with joy and as comfortably, peacefully and abundantly as we can.

My therapeutic approach is simple. I come from a humanistic, transpersonal perspective, where we work together to reveal and ultimately boost your own personal resources in order to grow and better your life.

I am trained in ACT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which is an empirically studied and evidence-based approach. It is well researched and is particularly effective with generalized anxiety disorders. How is ACT different than CBT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

The main components of ACT are psycho-education about the key mechanisms of the treatment theory, mindfulness, cognitive defusion, and values clarification. Note: Values are different than goals.
Sessions can include the practice of mindfulness exercises designed to foster nonjudgmental, healthy awareness of thoughts, feelings, sensations, and memories that have otherwise been avoided. Once the content of your innermost experience is identified, I use discussion and cognitive exercises to help you reframe or make different sense of the narrative and then accept it as your personal experience.
 
To the extent that your actions are inconsistent with your personal values of what makes for a meaningful life, I will help you discover incongruence and engage you in a conversation about your values and the actions that might move you closer to them. Within this, we do our best together to create forward motion. We may incorporate Expressive Art Therapy as a means of delving into our values or core issues. Having an experiential session is important for transformation and growth.
 
As an ACT therapist, I may assign homework to practice between sessions, such as mindfulness, cognitive behavioural techniques, or value clarification exercises. The homework is agreed upon between us and can be modified to make it as personal and useful as possible.
  • Individual Sessions are 60 minutes and $135.
  • Individual Expressive Art Sessions are 90 minutes and $150
  • Couple’s Sessions are 60 minutes and $150
  • Family Sessions are 75 minutes and $175
  • Direct Billing for ICBC Clients
  • Direct Billing for Crime Victim Assistance Clients

A: Yes, I offer both family and individual sessions. Family sessions last 75 minutes.
Individual sessions are 1 hour.

A: Possibly. If you have an Extended Benefits Package through your workplace, you may be  up to a certain amount per family member on your plan. In most cases, you pay the therapist and then your Extended Benefits provider reimburses you.

Please inquire with your workplace to find out your coverage details. 

Specifically ask if “Registered Clinical Counsellors” are covered. 

As a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), I have a registration licensing number that you will need in order to claim coverage with your insurance provider.

A: Yes, autism funding will cover our session costs as long as you have sufficient funds within your account and you add me as a service provider using the usual method of filling out the “Request to Pay Service Provider” form.

Yes, I am a CVAP service provider and I bill CVAP directly. 

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