Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from therapy?
The initial session will offer an opportunity for you to identify the reason you came for therapy. I will ask assessment questions that will help me learn more about you and your current struggles as well as past experiences that contribute to how you are feeling. Together we will make a plan about what to focus on in further sessions. It is important for you to feel comfortable working with me since this relationship is a big part of making positive change.
Does my information stay confidential?
I follow professional and ethical standards laid out by the Alberta College of Social Workers which requires confidentiality of information shared in therapy sessions. Your personal information would not be shared without your knowledge and written consent. There are limitations to confidentiality which include a legal responsibility for me to report any suspicion or knowledge of the abuse of a child; or an individual who is at risk of hurting themselves or others. I would discuss this openly with you as we would be accessing other services to support this type of situation.
How is a Clinical Social Worker similar/different than a Psychologist?
There are many similarities between the two, the training or experience often overlap depending on the individual’s professional interest, and they often work alongside each other in clinical settings.
Clinical Social Workers hold a holistic view, considering the person’s emotional and psychological makeup, but also societal and environmental influences that impact a person’s well-being. There is a focus on strengthening the person’s functioning in these “systems” (family, work, culture).
Psychologists are typically focussed on the “study of mental processes and behavior patterns” of the individual. Some psychologists also have training in psychometric testing.
What are your fees and ways to pay?
The fee for service is set at $180.00/therapy hour. Please note that a 60-minute session allows 50 therapy minutes and 10 minutes for administration (scheduling and notes).
Payment is preferable at the beginning of the session by e-transfer or credit card/Interac. You will be issued a receipt and this can be submitted to third party insurance companies, i.e. Blue Cross, Sunlife, Great West.
Most insurance companies accept services provided by a Registered Clinical Social Worker (MSW, RCSW), but I encourage you to contact your provider to confirm this prior to your first appointment.
What if I have to cancel a session?
Please provide at least 24 hours notice in advance by phone, (780) 919-6441, text or email.
Cancellations with less than 24 hours advance notice will be charged a $80.00 “No Show” fee.