I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (Membership No. 1954) with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. Here are the policies that guide my work with clients:
HOW I WORK:
- As a member in good standing with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors, I seek to comply with its Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. You may learn more about the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors at www.bc-counsellors.org.
- My counselling approach is growth-oriented, goal-directed and strengths based.
- My approach to counselling and teaching is strongly influenced by relational, communications, systems and experiential theories and therapeutic modalities.
- I am collaborative and seek to build a positive and trusting relationship with each client in a welcoming office environment that is safe and confidential.
- I regularly upgrade my professional knowledge and seek regular supervision with a suitably experienced colleague who is registered with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- Counselling can provide the opportunity to work through and resolve a challenge or difficulty.
- Resolving a challenge or difficulty can bring more peace and ease and improve how you feel about yourself. You may experience a better sense of what your relationships with others are all about. The focus is more on ‘being’ than just ‘doing’ differently or better.
- Counselling involves some “work”. It isn’t just a conversation.
- The experience of counselling can sometimes bring up feelings and memories you didn’t expect, or it might open up ideas or directions you hadn’t considered before. I will seek to ensure that you feel safe. There isn’t a ‘typical’ or ‘one-size-fits-all’ experience. Each of us is a unique human being.
- Sometimes, a client will get what they need in one or two sessions. Other times, the work to resolve issues and challenges may take considerably longer and commitment is needed.
- If at any time we have a disagreement that we cannot resolve, you have the option to contact the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors and access their complaints procedure.
- When it comes time to finish counselling, we can talk about the experience of closure and if necessary, we can finish in stages.
APPOINTMENTS AND FEES:
- Individuals or couples who are thinking of seeking counselling with me should contact me to arrange an initial consultation. This can be done by calling me at 604-908-0508 or completing the contact form here.
- If you wish to make a referral for someone who may benefit from counselling, you are welcome to call me at 604-908-0508 or complete the contact form here.
- Counselling sessions are scheduled for 50 minutes, or longer as agreed.
- My counselling fees are set within the recommended fee range of the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. (Individuals, $135.00 plus 5% GST per 50 minutes; couples and families, $150.00 plus 5% GST per 50 minutes.) I am open to negotiating a fee consistent with a client’s financial circumstances.
- Counselling fees are charged for sessions, telephone consultations, meetings with others (e.g. school), or related communications.
- Payment for sessions can be made with electronic transfer, cash or a cheque, and I will provide a receipt.
- Should you need to postpone or cancel an appointment, I ask for 48 (forty-eight) hours notice when possible.
- I do not use social media for contact with clients.
- I only use email and text for booking and re-scheduling appointments.
- Anything of any therapeutic significance is to be discussed face-to-face or by telephone, as electronic modes of communication are not secure and cannot guarantee confidentiality.
- I will treat the content of our work as confidential unless: (1) you request me to share information with a third party; (2) there is clear reason to believe that a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of abuse or neglect; or (3) any other clear legal requirement to share information.
- All records of notes, letters or other communications on behalf of each client are kept in a locked filing cabinet in my office and only accessed by me.
- When we are finished working together, I will save all records, letters or communications pertaining to each client for a minimum of seven years, or in the case of minors, seven years after they reach the age of majority. To dispose of records, I shred them.