Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT HAPPENS IN A FREE PHONE CONSULTATION?
The phone consultation gives us a chance to explore your interest in seeking therapy, and answer any questions you may have about my background or approach. A phone consult is not intended as therapy, but as an introduction that lets us begin to assess whether working together is a good fit.
WHAT HAPPENS IN AN INITIAL CONSULTATION SESSION?
An initial consultation is a 50-minute session that gives us an opportunity to explore working together. I will ask about what has brought you into therapy and will summarize and clarify to ensure I have a clear understanding of what it is you're dealing with. At the end of the session I'll give you feedback and make recommendations on how I think therapy could help you address the things you are concerned about. You are then free to decide if you'd like to embark on a course of therapy, or to take some time to consider whether therapy is right for you at this time.
An initial consultation for couple or relationship counselling follows a similar format, but in a couples' session, the relationship (rather than the individuals that make up the relationship) is the client we are exploring and getting to know.
If you'd like to schedule a consult, you can use the confidential online scheduler to view and book upcoming openings.
WHAT'S YOUR APPROACH TO THERAPY?
I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy and I have consequently sought out training and experience with a variety of therapeutic modalities for both individual and couples' therapy. My emphasis is on creating a therapeutic relationship between us, a space where you feel heard, understood, and respected. With a strong therapeutic alliance as a foundation, I feel I have the skill set and experience to tailor a treatment approach that fits the needs of each individual client.
ARE COUNSELLING FEES COVERED BY MY EXTENDED HEALTH BENEFITS?
Since I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, clients with Extended Health Benefits can apply to have fees reimbursed, according to the terms set out by their health benefits insurance carrier. Additionally, I am an affiliated provider with Arete Human Resources and Optimal Sante, and an approved provider for the Dancer Transition Resource Centre, ICBC, and the Crime Victim Services Program; if you are eligible for coverage through one of these programs, you can ask to be referred specifically to me.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT BEFORE I CAN GET AN APPOINTMENT?
It takes courage to reach out for help, and I try to be as responsive to that as possible. Because there are evening and weekend appointments available, a first session can usually be arranged within a few days. If you click through to my confidential online scheduler, you can view upcoming openings.
WHAT IF I AM FROM OUT OF TOWN?
While LKT Counselling is not a residential program, I would be happy to work with you to devise an intensive program that would meet your needs if you are only going to be in the area for a short period of time. I also offer distance counselling (via phone or Skype) for clients who do not live in the area, or who have other barriers to attending counselling in person.
HOW LONG WOULD I ATTEND COUNSELLING?
The course that counselling takes depends on each client's individual situation and needs. We begin counselling with a thorough assessment, including assessing your goals and desired outcome for therapy. We then work together to design a treatment plan aimed at helping you achieve those goals.
WHAT'S THE REFERRAL PROCESS?
You can self-refer (you do not need a doctor's referral) and can book an initial consultation using the confidential online scheduler. If you would prefer to speak with me first, please use the scheduler to arrange a time to connect by phone, or send me an email.
If you have a question that was not answered on this page, please send an email and submit your question.
Use the ONLINE SCHEDULER to view and book upcoming session times.