Areas of practice
- Addictions - Including Substances
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression
- Death and Dying
- Divorce and/or Separation
- Grief and Loss - General
- Intimacy Issues
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Pre-Marital Counselling
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Sexual Assault
- Trauma Counselling
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Communication Skills Training
- Emotion Focused Therapy
- Emotionally Focused Therapy - Individuals
- Gestalt Therapy
- Gottman Method Couples Therapy
- Marriage & Couples Counselling
- Mindfulness approaches
- ONLINE / VIRTUAL / TELEHEALTH COUNSELLING
- Telephone Counselling
- Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR)
- Video Counselling
Other languages spoken
Counselling practice website:www.counselmevancouver.com
Counselling is a Smart Investment in Yourself
From time to time, we reward ourselves with a treat-a cup of coffee, a new electronic gadget, a massage, perhaps a new watch or clothing. However, we often forget the importance of our mental well-being. Consider rewarding your inner life and budgeting some of this money for counselling. There is no better, long-term investment than improving the quality of your life-your health, well-being, and relationships. Counselling can help alleviate problems before they take physical, mental, and financial tolls. Make your mental health a priority and improve your quality of life. Come in for a free 30 minute consultation to see if counselling is a fit for you.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a Master's Degree (MEd) in Counselling Psychology. I can help you improve the quality of life by showing you how to get past the internal battle you've been dealing with on a daily basis. I offer counselling for a variety of personal concerns so do not hesitate to contact me or visit the Counsel Me Vancouver website if you have any questions or do not see your personal concern listed under services offered. I also offer a free 30 minute consultation to people who are trying to decide on a therapist and are looking to ensure that I can help them with their individual struggles. The specific concerns I help people overcome are:
- Couples therapy to improve communication, overcome gridlocked issues, and rebuild trust and connection
- Relationship issues in families, partnerships, friendships, work-related, and other relationships
- Anxiety, stress, post-traumatic symptoms, and adjustment problems
- Self-esteem development
- Sadness, loneliness, emptiness, and depression
- Grief and loss
- Concerns about sexuality, sexual orientation, and intimacy
- Eating and weight concerns
- Work and school difficulties
- Substance abuse/drug and alcohol concerns
- Many other struggles that come up in life
Schedule an appointment and let me help you gain freedom from your struggles so that you may discover new meaning in your life.
My Clinical Approach to Counselling
My clinical approach to counselling consists of a variety of techniques derived from Gottman Couples Therapy, Emotion Focused, Gestalt, Process Experiential, Interpersonal, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. The specific approach and interventions I use depends on individual/couple's concerns, needs, and ways of learning. I use research based interventions and collaborate with clients to help them explore concerns from a deeper, more informed frame of reference so that new meanings and ways to tackle personal struggles can be made to support lasting change. As a professional, I continue my development through ongoing research and education so that I can offer a fresh new perspective to my clients.
What About Cost?
Counsel Me Vancouver believes that pricing for counselling should be fair and reasonable. Most importantly, it should be affordable. Cost has been carefully considered through the comparison of other comparable service providers, professional level of the counselling being offered, and the desire to provide counselling to as many clients as possible. The fees are also in accordance with the recommended fee guidelines set forth by the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
For individual counselling, each session costs $180 per session. For couple's counselling, each session costs $225 per session. Most individual sessions generally run for 1 hour while couple's sessions run for 90 minutes. Check your health benefits as many plans cover some or all of this cost. I also am ICBC and CVAP approved if you have funding through these programs. If you have any questions regarding the fees, do not hesitate to contact me for more information.
The initial 15 minute phone session is free of charge. This call insures that I can assist your personal mental health concerns within my scope of practice and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions prior to scheduling an appointment. It also allows me to prepare for your first session so that you get the most out of your counselling experience. I also offer a free 30 minute consultation so that you can come in to the office, meet me, and get a general idea of the work that we'd be doing in session. It's important to find a counsellor that fits your needs and this consultation can help you decide if you want to work specifically with me.
*All canceled appointments require 24 hours notice.*
Which Insurance Companies Cover Counselling?
Although counselling fees are not covered under the BC Medical Services Plan, many health benefit plans do include counselling coverage that reimburse you for visits to a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). If your insurance is provided by one of the below companies, check with them to see how much your plan covers per calendar year. However, if your insurance company is not listed below, this does not mean that they won’t cover costs. Refer to your insurance company benefits package or Human Resources Department to find out what type of coverage you have.
The following plans are known to cover some or all of counselling provided by a RCC:
- Great West Life
- Pacific Blue Cross
- Sunlife Insurance
- Green Shield Insurance
- Employee Assistance Programs
- Publically funded services such as Non-Insured Health Benefits for Aboriginal people
- *Family Assistance Programs
- *Workers Compensation Board (WCB)
- *Victim’s Assistance Services (call 604-660-3888 or toll free in BC at 1-866-660-3888 to enrol with CVAP)
- * ICBC (if involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident causing anxiety and trauma)
*Depends on the client’s reasons for seeking counselling and requires proper approval from the company.
If your insurance company does cover counsellor from a RCC, simply provide the receipt Counsel Me Vancouver gives you to your insurance company and they will reimburse you.
If you find that RCC visits are not covered under your plan, you may want to contact your employer, Human Resources Department, or insurance company directly to request a small change to the plan’s coverage. This isn’t difficult, doesn’t cost the employer anything, and at the same time increases your employee benefits. Most employers like to increase the amount of benefits that their employees can access, especially when it does not cost the employer any additional fee. Often plans will cover visits to a Psychologist but not a qualified RCC who is less expensive. By adjusting the plan to include RCC’s, your counselling dollars will actually go further. Please use the link below to access a document with the information you will need to put into your own letter when making this request.
- Because of my passion for relationships, I have undergone additional specialization in Gottman Couples Therapy and have become and expert in the field.
Client fee individuals:$180 per 50-60 minute session
Client fee couples/families:$225 per 90 minute session