What are your fees?

Fees for psychological services and counselling are on a session by session basis, based on the rates recommended by the Psychologist Association of Alberta.  These are currently $200/hour per session.  Session rates are subject to change and clients will be notified prior to any session bookings.

Payment is due on the same day and typically at the end of the session.  I currently accept payment by cash, cheque, credit card, and e-transfer.

Can I get coverage for my psychology fees?

Many insurance health plans provide coverage, at least partial, for such services and your insurance provider can provide you with details regarding your plan. A receipt will be provided to you for reimbursement from your insurance provider. Direct billing is available for Alberta Blue Cross members. Psychological services are a tax-deductible medical expense so it is important that you retain your receipts. 

Direct billing is available for Alberta Blue Cross members, SSQ Insurance, and Green Shield.

What is your cancellation policy?

Please provide 24 hours notice if you cannot attend your appointment for any reason, or need to change it.  Changes or cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice will incur a $100 cancellation fee for a first occurrence, with any subsequent late cancellations charged at the regular hourly rate.

Do I need a referral from a physician?

A physician’s referral is not required to access Clear Minds psychological services, however your insurance company may require one. You are encouraged to contact your insurance company to obtain this information.

Why try therapy?

There’s always going to be things in life that make it difficult. Part of living life to the full means opening oneself up to the pain that inevitably goes with it such as losing a loved one, suffering a broken heart, frustrations, disappointment, and even failure on the path to success.

Talking to a trusted, supportive loved one or friend is often enough to get through those difficult times. Other times, professional help may be needed. If your problem isn’t getting any better or is even getting worse, or you are struggling with a past or more recent trauma, then therapy can help. I can help you gain new perspectives and develop new skills to create change in your life so that you can live your optimal life.

How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?

One of the most important factors of therapy is the relationship between client and therapist. It is important that you ‘gel’ and feel comfortable, understood, and able to be open and honest so that you get the most out of treatment.

I encourage you to book a free consultation with me. This can help to determine whether we are a good fit, and whether I am the best therapist to help you with the problems you are seeking help for. It also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions or address any concerns you may have.

If at any time you do have any concerns about your therapy, you are strongly encouraged to discuss this with me so we can address them. I welcome all feedback and encourage this at each session in order to provide you with good quality treatment. If you feel dissatisfied for any reason and we are unable to resolve these issues, you are free to stop therapy at any time. I will be happy to provide you with recommendations for alternative service providers whom you can contact.

Is what we talk about kept confidential?

Information shared with your psychologist is private and confidential, and protected by rules and regulations of the profession of psychology.  Other than in certain circumstances, information will not be shared without your written consent. Circumstances in which confidential information may be released without your consent will be fully explained during the assessment session.  Please note that minors (under the age of 18 years) require the consent of their legal guardian(s) to undergo psychological treatment. During the initial assessment appointment an agreement regarding the level of privacy between the psychologist, guardian(s), and minor can be determined however, guardian(s) will always be informed about any issues that compromise safety.

What can I expect in a therapy session?

Sessions are typically 50 minutes long, usually on a 1 to 2 weekly basis however, this may vary depending on the treatment plan, with ART and EMDR needing longer, 90 minute sessions. 

During the first session an assessment will be completed to develop a shared understanding of your problem(s) and identify the specific goals that you want help with.  Collaboration between you and your psychologist is one of the keys to success and important in creating a treatment plan to help you achieve the goals you set out.

Homework is often an integral part of therapy where you will be recommended specific strategies and resources for you to work on in between sessions. This will give you the opportunity to test out new ways of thinking, behaving, and coping and are key to your progress.

How long will therapy take?

Treatment typically lasts between 6-20 sessions however, it is important to remember that people get better in their own time and you may need less or more. The duration of therapy generally depends on the complexity and chronicity of the problem. Your level of motivation, readiness to make changes, and the amount of effort and active participation you put into working towards your goals are other important factors. Clients can expect to see improvement quite quickly and report a reduction in their symptoms within a few weeks. Therapy is usually reviewed every few weeks to ensure you are making progress.

Ending therapy is an important part of the process, particularly with regard to reducing the risk of a relapse. As your therapy comes to an end, I will help you develop a plan to enable you to maintain and further your progress of your goals, helping you to become your own therapist.

What are the risks and benefits of therapy?

Therapy involves exploring your problems and the impact they are having on your life. With this increased awareness can come a temporary increase in uncomfortable emotions and problems may appear worse at the beginning as you work on developing new coping skills and strategies. Therapy may result in you making changes in your life you did not anticipate prior to therapy, such as ending a relationship, pursuing a new career, or lifestyle change. Although making positive changes is important, it can feel scary and daunting and I encourage you to discuss any negative effects with me so that I can help you work through these.

The benefits of therapy are numerous and dependent on your personal goals. Clients report feeling understood by their therapist, have greater awareness and understanding about themselves and their problem(s), develop different skills and strategies to help deal with their problems, feel better about themselves physically and emotionally, improvements in communication and relationships, and report living richer and more meaningful lives.

Where are you located?

My office is located in the Kensington area of Calgary, within Kensington House on the third floor.  I am close to downtown and easily accessed by most major routes in the city and  public transport routes, with Sunnyside LRT and several bus stops close by.

There is plenty of street parking around the ‘loop’ of Kensington, as well as a covered parkade.  

My office address is:

Suite 316
1167 Kensington Cres NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1X7

What are your fees?

Fees for psychological services and counselling are on a session by session basis, based on the rates recommended by the Psychologist Association of Alberta.  These are currently $200/hour per session.  Session rates are subject to change and clients will be notified prior to any session bookings.

Payment is due on the same day and typically at the end of the session.  I currently accept payment by cash, cheque, credit card, and e-transfer.

Can I get coverage for my psychology fees?

Many insurance health plans provide coverage, at least partial, for such services and your insurance provider can provide you with details regarding your plan. A receipt will be provided to you for reimbursement from your insurance provider. Direct billing is available for Alberta Blue Cross members. Psychological services are a tax-deductible medical expense so it is important that you retain your receipts. 

Direct billing is available for Alberta Blue Cross members, SSQ Insurance, and Green Shield.

What is your cancellation policy?

Please provide 24 hours notice if you cannot attend your appointment for any reason, or need to change it.  Changes or cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice will incur a $100 cancellation fee for a first occurrence, with any subsequent late cancellations charged at the regular hourly rate.

Do I need a referral from a physician?

A physician’s referral is not required to access Clear Minds psychological services, however your insurance company may require one. You are encouraged to contact your insurance company to obtain this information.

Why try therapy?

There’s always going to be things in life that make it difficult. Part of living life to the full means opening oneself up to the pain that inevitably goes with it such as losing a loved one, suffering a broken heart, frustrations, disappointment, and even failure on the path to success.

Talking to a trusted, supportive loved one or friend is often enough to get through those difficult times. Other times, professional help may be needed. If your problem isn’t getting any better or is even getting worse, or you are struggling with a past or more recent trauma, then therapy can help. I can help you gain new perspectives and develop new skills to create change in your life so that you can live your optimal life.

How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?

One of the most important factors of therapy is the relationship between client and therapist. It is important that you ‘gel’ and feel comfortable, understood, and able to be open and honest so that you get the most out of treatment.

I encourage you to book a free consultation with me. This can help to determine whether we are a good fit, and whether I am the best therapist to help you with the problems you are seeking help for. It also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions or address any concerns you may have.

If at any time you do have any concerns about your therapy, you are strongly encouraged to discuss this with me so we can address them. I welcome all feedback and encourage this at each session in order to provide you with good quality treatment. If you feel dissatisfied for any reason and we are unable to resolve these issues, you are free to stop therapy at any time. I will be happy to provide you with recommendations for alternative service providers whom you can contact.

Is what we talk about kept confidential?

Information shared with your psychologist is private and confidential, and protected by rules and regulations of the profession of psychology.  Other than in certain circumstances, information will not be shared without your written consent. Circumstances in which confidential information may be released without your consent will be fully explained during the assessment session.  Please note that minors (under the age of 18 years) require the consent of their legal guardian(s) to undergo psychological treatment. During the initial assessment appointment an agreement regarding the level of privacy between the psychologist, guardian(s), and minor can be determined however, guardian(s) will always be informed about any issues that compromise safety.

What can I expect in a therapy session?

Sessions are typically 50 minutes long, usually on a 1 to 2 weekly basis however, this may vary depending on the treatment plan, with ART and EMDR needing longer, 90 minute sessions. 

During the first session an assessment will be completed to develop a shared understanding of your problem(s) and identify the specific goals that you want help with.  Collaboration between you and your psychologist is one of the keys to success and important in creating a treatment plan to help you achieve the goals you set out.

Homework is often an integral part of therapy where you will be recommended specific strategies and resources for you to work on in between sessions. This will give you the opportunity to test out new ways of thinking, behaving, and coping and are key to your progress.

How long will therapy take?

Treatment typically lasts between 6-20 sessions however, it is important to remember that people get better in their own time and you may need less or more. The duration of therapy generally depends on the complexity and chronicity of the problem. Your level of motivation, readiness to make changes, and the amount of effort and active participation you put into working towards your goals are other important factors. Clients can expect to see improvement quite quickly and report a reduction in their symptoms within a few weeks. Therapy is usually reviewed every few weeks to ensure you are making progress.

Ending therapy is an important part of the process, particularly with regard to reducing the risk of a relapse. As your therapy comes to an end, I will help you develop a plan to enable you to maintain and further your progress of your goals, helping you to become your own therapist.

What are the risks and benefits of therapy?

Therapy involves exploring your problems and the impact they are having on your life. With this increased awareness can come a temporary increase in uncomfortable emotions and problems may appear worse at the beginning as you work on developing new coping skills and strategies. Therapy may result in you making changes in your life you did not anticipate prior to therapy, such as ending a relationship, pursuing a new career, or lifestyle change. Although making positive changes is important, it can feel scary and daunting and I encourage you to discuss any negative effects with me so that I can help you work through these.

The benefits of therapy are numerous and dependent on your personal goals. Clients report feeling understood by their therapist, have greater awareness and understanding about themselves and their problem(s), develop different skills and strategies to help deal with their problems, feel better about themselves physically and emotionally, improvements in communication and relationships, and report living richer and more meaningful lives.

Where are you located?

My office is located in the Kensington area of Calgary, within Kensington House on the third floor.  I am close to downtown and easily accessed by most major routes in the city and  public transport routes, with Sunnyside LRT and several bus stops close by.

There is plenty of street parking around the ‘loop’ of Kensington, as well as a covered parkade.  

My office address is:

Suite 316
1167 Kensington Cres NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1X7