Fees and FAQ

What are your fees?

• Introductory Session (30 Minutes): Free of Charge

• Standard Session (50 Minutes):

- Calgary / Canada: $165.00

- United Kingdom: £95.00

- Europe / International: €110.00

Please contact me directly to enquire about reduced fees for low-income folks and students.

What is your cancellation policy?

I don’t charge if a session is cancelled with 48 hours’ notice. Otherwise, you are required to pay for any session(s) that you miss.

How do you accept payment?

I accept payment via Interac, PayPal and/or wire transfer. For international clients, transfers may be made to my Wise.com business account, which accepts Canadian dollars, American dollars, British pounds, euros, and a number of other currencies. Please contact me directly to enquire about payment in other currencies.

What are your hours of operation?

I see clients from 9:00am through 8:30pm Mountain Standard Time (UCT-07:00), Monday through Friday.

Please contact me directly to enquire about specific availability.

What is existential therapy?

Existential therapy is grounded in existential philosophy. It is a deeply relational approach that encourages the client to describe their thoughts and feelings as richly as possible, while refraining from the urge to interpret or explain them away. It emphasises establishing a strong and courageous connection with whatever is happening at the present moment, both within and outside the therapy room. Some of the existential therapy’s most important themes include freedom, responsibility, authenticity, meaning, identity, uncertainty, and loss.

What is cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a comparatively technical approach that seeks to explore how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours affect and reinforce one another. It encourages clients to adopt an inquisitive, scientific, and somewhat “detached” attitude towards their psychological experiences, and to map out the habits that they have learned throughout their life. CBT may involve some homework exercises, including journaling and behavioural experiments. Some of CBT's most important themes include mindfulness, psychological flexibility, and perspective-taking.

What is psychodynamic therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy is an approach that is largely concerned with the unconscious, as it is revealed in free-flowing conversation, dreams, and the client-therapist relationship. It suggests that we are oftentimes only dimly aware of our true needs, motivations, and desires, and that psychological resilience can be improved by bringing these things into conscious awareness. I am particularly interested in neuropsychoanalytic approaches, which see psychodynamic processes as having a neurological, evolutionary basis. Some of psychodynamic therapy’s most important themes include the past, attachment patterns, self-honesty, defences, and creativity.

Am I right for

therapy and will it "work" for me?

This is a very difficult – if not impossible – question to answer. What I can say is that I believe counselling and psychotherapy are for everyone, no matter big or small you feel your troubles to be. Indeed, therapy can also be tremendously helpful even when you’re feeling good, but are perhaps looking to experience life with a deeper sense of appreciation, confidence, and self-understanding. Therapy is not about “fixing” anything. It’s about learning how to draw strength from our emotions, to develop new and flexible ways of approaching challenging situations, and to roll with whatever punches life might throw at us.

I do note that, at the beginning of therapy, it is extremely valuable for us to see each other on a regular basis. As such, I insist that I see all new clients once per week.

If you wish to discuss this question further, please navigate to the Contact page and enquire about booking an introductory session.

Are sessions confidential?

All information that is shared between you and me is kept strictly confidential. Indeed, confidentiality is an ethical cornerstone of counselling and psychotherapeutic practice. I will only break confidentiality if I have concerns about your safety or the safety of others; if there is a legal requirement for me to do so (i.e., in cases of disclosed terrorist activity, drug trafficking, or money laundering); or if you have given me written permission to share specific information with another party. If any of these situations were to arise, I would always try to discuss the breaking of confidentiality with you beforehand.

How will you protect my privacy?

All online sessions are conducted via the Doxy.me telemedicine video conferencing platform.  Doxy.me is both HIPAA- and GDPR-compliant, which means that its privacy protocols are in full alignment with Canadian, UK, and European legislation.  Any notes that I produce after a session are retained for a maximum of three months on a PHIPA-, HIPAA- and GDPR-compliant platform, and are then deleted.

If you are seeking online counselling, please ensure that you can guarantee your own privacy at your end, such that you will not risk any interruptions or eavesdropping.

Which professional bodies do you

belong to?

I have received the Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) designation from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCAP). My membership number is #11244101.

Why do you not see clients in other Canadian provinces, or in the United

States of America?

Unlike in the United Kingdom and continental Europe, the provision of counselling services in both Canada and the United States of America is regulated at the provincial and state level respectively.  As such, although I am presently permitted to work with clients in all Canadian provinces and territories west of Ontario, I have not yet sought professional registration in any eastern provinces or American states. This may change in the future, though, so please watch this space!

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