FAQ

How do I go about choosing the right therapist for me?
Social workers offer multiple benefits to you as your private therapist in comparison to other professions such as psychologists and clinical counsellors. Social workers bring forth holistic training in bio-psycho-social-spiritual issues and provide well-rounded services to address all aspects of your life. Social workers are able to offer more affordable hourly rates for private therapy. They can also assist you in navigating systems and services that you might be a part of based on your involvement with community and health care providers such as child welfare, mental health, legal, financial and healthcare. Social workers have the capacity to deal with any issue that may come up based on their diverse working experience and social work training and can provides services for the whole family. Their knowledge of community resources extends to a multitude of issues and based on that, are able to provide appropriate referrals where necessary.

Here are some additional links to finding the right therapist:
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freudian-sip/201102/how-find-the-best-therapist-you
http://www.metanoia.org/choose/
http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/choose-therapist.aspx
http://www.helpguide.org/mental/psychotherapy_therapist_counseling.htm
http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/01/26/10-ways-to-find-a-good-therapist/
What can I expect in my first session?
The first session we will discuss your concerns in more depth. We will come up with some goals for therapy. I will provide you with feedback on what type of therapy or therapies would best accommodate your needs. We would collaboratively determine the number of sessions needed to accomplish your goals. We will review limits to confidentiality and discuss some ethical standards to my practice for you to be aware of. After our first session, we will schedule the following sessions to begin to address your concerns.
How long will the process take?
The number of sessions will be determined collaboratively based on the estimated amount of time needed to resolve the issue. Some therapy approaches utilize short-term therapy ranging from 5-10 sessions versus other more complex issues that may require 10 session +. We will discuss this further during our initial assessment session.
What are the benefits of therapy?
More fulfilling relationships in love, work and family Develop ways to handle stress and anxiety Work through issues that are causing you to feel depressed Have a greater sense of enjoyment, satisfaction and meaning in your life Improve intimacy and trust in your love life Learn to communicate with others so you feel heard and understood Overcome addictive behaviors and self-destructive habits Learn to love yourself more Develop grounding and calming skills Learn to listen to your inner wisdom Reconnect safely with your body Restore hope and connection in relationships Prepare for a loving relationship Finding new solutions for problems Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence Improved sleep and energy Increased life satisfaction Clarity regarding decisions Release or healing of difficult emotions
How much does it cost?
Initial Assessment is $100 and individual sessions are $120. Students receive a discount on all fees ($80 for an initial assessment and $80 for a follow-up session). Sliding scale for low income individuals and families is available. You will be provided with a receipt in order to get reimbursed through your extended healthcare benefits. Payments for sessions are accepted by money order, personal cheque, e-transfer or cash at the end of each session. There is no tax paid on my sessions since services provided by a Registered Social Worker are GST and PST exempt.
Is therapy covered under my extended health benefits?
Your workplace Extended Health Benefits Program may cover the cost of counselling/therapy provided by a Registered Clinical Social Worker. Please consult with your Human Resource Department or Insurance Company Provider to confirm if you are covered to see a “Registered Clinical Social Worker”. Receipts not submitted for insurance claims may be tax deductible under medical expenses. The BC Medical Services plan does not cover services by a Registered Clinical Social Worker. However, you may wish to claim them as an income tax deduction under “Medical Expenses. Registered Clinical Social Workers are authorized as ‘medical practitioners’ under the Income Tax Act for the purpose of claiming medical expenses on income tax returns. Canadians who access services provided by social workers can claim these services on their income tax through the Medical Expense Tax Credit (METC).”
Not sure whether to make an appointment?
Embracing Change Therapy understand that finding the right therapist is a very important decision and I would be happy to talk to you on the phone or via email to answer any questions you may have through a free consultation.