Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I attend counselling?
Every client’s needs are unique; however, sessions every 1-4 weeks is usually ideal. If you are in a particularly heightened period of distress or transition, I would recommend weekly sessions. If you are in a maintenance stage & wanting ongoing support, sessions every 2-3 weeks would be sufficient. If you are doing well but want to continue working on your goals or need ongoing mental health monitoring, monthly or as needed sessions would likely be appropriate.
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When should I seek counselling?
If your mental health is negatively impacting your life enjoyment & daily functioning (i.e., your ability to eat, sleep, focus, maintain healthy relationships, go to work, sports perform etc.) I would recommend seeing a counsellor. You may also choose to seek counselling to work on a specific issue or concern where you feel stuck & unable to find resolution on your own. For example: making a big life decision, improving a relationship, moving through hard emotions, working on a particular goal, processing historic trauma etc.
What can I expect during session?
Sessions are 60 minutes in length, unless otherwise specified. Each session focuses on what is most helpful & pressing for you in the moment, with an overarching focus on your overall goals for therapy. I will be looking for reoccurring patterns & connections between presenting challenges & their origin, to help you get to the bottom of issues & help you make lasting change. Near the end of session, I usually take a few moments to reflect on our work together, plan for future sessions & discuss any behavior changes you may like to experiment with.
How do couple session differ from individual sessions?
In individual sessions the focus is on the individual client. In couples sessions the relationship is also seen as a client. The work focuses on both the individual needs & the unique needs of the relationship, so that all parties can thrive. In couple sessions I work to create a calm space where everyone feels heard, seen & respected & where understanding, growth & healing can occur. Please note, I do not work with individuals separately at the same time as I am doing couples sessions with them.
Will my extended health benefits cover counselling?
Yes, most benefits plans cover at least a portion RCC sessions. I do not bill directly; you will be emailed a detailed receipt after each session which you can submit for reimbursement. I understand counselling is expensive to pay out of pocket & I want everyone to have access to the support they need. To help make this possible I partner with Howe Sound Women’s Centre, Sea to Sky Community Services, the First Nations Health Authority & Vail employee benefits to help make counselling possible for those who would otherwise not have access. Feel free to reach out if you would like to learn more.
What is a walk & talk session?
Walk & talk sessions occur on trails near the office. Some clients feel more comfortable talking & processing while moving rather sitting in an office. There are some inherent benefits from moving & being in nature. There are also some assumed risks that clients should be aware of, including slips & falls, animal encouragers etc. Walk and talk sessions also have the potential to be less private as we may run into others on the trails. Feel free to reach out if you are curious & would like to learn more.
When should I stop counselling?
When you reach your desired outcome, or you no longer find it helpful or necessary. The relationship with your therapist is an important factor in how successful therapy will be. If you do not feel I am a good fit for you I am happy to refer you to someone who may be a better fit. You deserve the best mental health care & I am happy to support you in finding the support that is right for you!