Counsellor in treatment with Individual Adult Woman treating grief and anxiety, Vancouver B.C.
Psychologist treats Couple dealing with marital conflict and relationship issues, Vancouver BC.

Starting Therapy — Frequently Asked Questions

1) How do I choose a psychologist?

Finding the right person with whom you can feel comfortable discussing personal issues is clearly very important. Take time to ask a number of professionals about their experience, ways of working, and whether they have dealt with your particular area of concern. Psychologists are people, with their own personalities, and histories. Notice how your questions are answered, and how you feel when having a conversation with the psychologist. It is natural to feel nervous at first, but finding the right “fit” with a professional is one of the most important decisions you will make.

2) How long will therapy take?

Initially the psychologist may be able to give you a rough estimate based on the initial telephone discussion and first interview. Once a problem area is defined, then goals and a plan can be developed. Some problems require a longer process, some require specialized services in addition to the therapy, and others can be rapidly resolved. Important factors which influence the length of treatment are historical or longstanding issues that bear on the problem, availability of appropriate resources, and complexity in the couple’s dynamics or individual personalities, or multiplicity of problems in client’s milieu. It is important to review goals and timelines with your therapist on a regular basis.

3) How much will this cost?

The cost of seeing a psychologist is not covered by the Medical Services Plan (MSP) of B.C. The B.C. Association of Psychologists recommends a rate, however fees can vary from one psychologist to another. Please check with me about current rates.

Some Extended Health Plans provide coverage with an annual limit to the benefit for psychological services.

Clients may claim the total cost of sessions paid privately as a deductible medical expense on their income tax. Please consult with your accountant, health trust, or agent regarding your options.

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