Do you help people with anxiety & depression?
Yes. I see many clients with anxiety and/or depression, often as part of other issues, like trauma, relationship distress, loss, transition and spiritual emergence.
Are you covered under extended medical?
Yes. A number of insurers cover the services of members of my professional association (ACCT) including: Pacific Blue Cross, Equitable Life of Canada, Greenshield Canada and ClaimSecure. Manulife reviews each situation on a case by case basis. If your policy includes the services of a clinical counsellor, then likely you would be covered by the insurers listed above. Please check with your policy administrator to confirm if you would qualify. More coverage with additional insurers coming soon.
What are your rates?
2015-16 rates: $100.00/hour for individual one–to–one sessions. Please note: sessions are 55 minutes. Longer sessions pro–rated.
Do you have a sliding scale?
Occasionally I am able to offer a discounted rate for a set amount of time. The first session is always the full rate. When you contact me or at the first session if you feel your circumstances warrant a discount, please check with me to see what is possible.
What is the purpose of your half-hour free phone consultation before the first appointment?
I like to give true value and have found that a phone call before coming to see me is a good way to ensure that you find what you expect. That also gives me a chance to see if I feel I can help you.
What is the difference between counselling and coaching?
Counselling requires more specialized training (at minimum a certificate and optimally an MA or PhD) than does coaching. Counsellors may be regulated, whereas coaches are not. At the same time, there is overlap between the two as you can see from the descriptions below:
Psychological counselling tends to focus more on inner states, recovering from the past, emotional difficulties and healing. As a counsellor, I’m tracking with my client your awareness of how you are thinking and feeling about yourself now, versus your relationship to the past (whether to a past sense of self and/or history). Clients measure progress primarily by resolution of their issues and sometimes also by external actions or shifts in relationships. Upon successful completion of a cycle of counselling sessions, a client might report: increased sense of safety, freedom from anxiety and depression, trauma, inertia and self–judgment and also increased ability to enjoy life now and to contemplate the future and upcoming decisions with confidence. I offer my counselling clients an integrated approach including traditional psychotherapy, light trance, breath, mindfulness and utilizing your innate experiential knowing.
With integrity skills coaching (aka life/executive coaching) the focus is more on breaking out of current gridlock or dealing with a specific turning point to reach future goal posts. Skills to develop could include how to balance competing priorities, communicating in conflict or public speaking. Like a sports coach, I encourage, point out strengths and weaknesses, all the while strategizing with you as my client. Typically, goals in coaching are tangible, like: obtaining a job, renegotiating work duties, overcoming stage fright or rebalancing family priorities in the face of an ongoing illness. Studies have shown people complete measurable goals faster when they are accountable to another person, like a coach.
The above descriptions are two ends of a spectrum from counselling to coaching. I’m qualified to offer both counselling and coaching and happy to help you decide which one is right for you. Either way I will give you a full range of tools and assistance to support your goals.