I offer a complementary 30 minute consultation, in person or by telephone, in which we can begin to get to know each other, and see if we might be a good fit to work together. At that time, you can ask me any questions about my practice and you can tell me about what your present concerns are. If we decide we’d like to work together, we can then book an initial session.
Therapists are bound by their ethical boards to maintain strict confidentiality, so we are very careful to safeguard your privacy. There are only three instances when I, as a therapist, am legally required to break confidentiality:
1) If there is reason to believe that a child or dependent adult is being harmed
2) If you tell me you are going to harm yourself or another person
3) If I am ordered by the court to break confidentiality
I cannot, however, control what you choose to tell others about your counselling and what happens with that information.
In my experience, people often begin to feel some relief after the first session. It can be incredibly healing to finally have a safe place to talk openly about your concerns and to feel genuinely heard. Every person is unique and has different goals for counselling, so there is no prescribed time frame or standard number of sessions in therapy. Typically, clients often come for 6 to 10 sessions, but for more complex issues, clients may come for as long as they need. If you are coming through a workplace Employee Assistance Program (EAP), your benefit package may only allow for a specified number of sessions—perhaps 3 or 6. In most cases, you are free to continue coming for as many sessions as you like when your EAP coverage runs out, as long as you pay for them privately at my hourly rate.
A 24 hours cancellation notice is required when you need to cancel your appointment. Otherwise, you will be charged with a no-show fee, which is equal to the full fee of the session.
If clients arrive late, the session takes place and will end at the time originally scheduled. Clients in this case will be charged the full amount for the session.
You may or may not experience emotional or physical fatigue after some sessions. It is recommended that you take some reflection time afterwards to process the information that may come up during the session. Some changes might occur in your interaction with people close to you, as the therapeutic process unfolds. Note: Chances are, your “can of worms” is already affecting your behaviour unconsciously and “keeping a lid on it” is costing you a lot of energy.