Getting Started with CounsellingMaking the decision to seek therapy with a psychologist is an important step when you’re facing challenges in life. You might have uncertainties and wonder if a psychologist can really help. In order to help you feel prepared and more at ease, I’ve outlined below what you can expect from counselling sessions with me.
My counselling appointments take place in my office in downtown Calgary. To benefit most from your sessions it is frequently best if you initially attend on a regular basis. After a period of weekly visits, coming in every 2-3 weeks until our work concludes may be appropriate.
My office hours are from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. I make an effort to see clients within 3 working days of initial contact with me.
My office is conveniently located on the Plus 15 in the central core of downtown Calgary. It is within easy walking distance of most downtown workplaces and only two blocks from the CTrain.
You can enter my building from the Plus 15 or use the street entrance, at 444 – 5 Avenue SW. Take the elevator to the 18th floor. My office is located in Suite 1860.
Your First Visit
My office: Upon entering my office, the first room you see is the reception area. You can help yourself to a seat here. You can also help yourself to a cup of coffee, tea, or water and the newspaper.
At the time of your therapy appointment, I will invite you into my office, which offers several seating options including a cozy couch and a firm chair with good back support. I want you to feel at ease and have, therefore, ensured that the décor is pleasant and welcoming.
Goals of the first session: Our first meeting will be structured to allow me to learn about your personal history and your goals for therapy. It also allows you to discover how my psychology services can help you.
We will take a few minutes to discuss some of my policies and procedures, including confidentiality and informed consent.
I will invite you to tell me about yourself and what brought you to therapy. I will encourage you to discuss your background, current circumstances and the issues you are facing, as well as your strengths.
The goal is to ensure that I have a good understanding of you so I will be best able to help you. We will talk about your goals and any expectations you have of counselling, and of me as your therapist.
I will offer some thoughts on your situation and we will discuss how our therapy sessions can help you. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and raise any concerns you may have.
Upon the closing of our first session, I anticipate you will feel that you have talked to someone who listens and will support you. My goal is for you to leave our first session anticipating that we will work together successfully and that you will be able to reach your goals and improve your life.
Subsequent Therapy Sessions
After our first appointment, ongoing sessions will run 50 minutes in length, ideally on a regular basis until our work concludes. This regularity of sessions will allow us to build a relationship as we get to know one another, and work together to overcome the challenges that you are facing.
After you have met your goals in therapy, I will invite you to contact me in the future whenever the need arises, so that you can address issues before they become too big. I encourage people to consult with me in the same way they consult their family physicians, coming in for a session whenever an issue comes up. Since we will have already established a trusting relationship, you will be able to rely on me as a resource whenever you need to.
Clinical Psychology Fees
Fee: $210 for a 50-minute session
Insurance: My clinical fee may be covered in whole, or in part, by an extended health care plan. Please check your policy to see what coverage you have in place.
Late Cancellations and No-shows
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please notify me at least two business days in advance. You will be charged the full fee for any appointments that are not cancelled or rescheduled within this time frame. I do make exceptions for travel difficulties due to weather and for illnesses.
If you are ready to book your first counselling session with me, you can download and complete the following forms, and then bring them with you to our first session. This will help speed up the initial intake process.
If you prefer, you may come to your first appointment 10 minutes early in order to complete the forms in the reception area.
My counselling office is conveniently located on the Plus 15 in the central core of downtown Calgary.