Updated: Oct 12, 2019
I work best with people who are motivated to making deep emotional changes in their lives and welcome the regular support to do so. Yet, it always takes a bit of time to move through the initial resistance to therapy.
For this reason, I offer a three-session start-up package for reduced fees to people who are dedicated to furthering self-growth beyond their first therapy session. Sharing deeply and building connection in therapy sessions supports gradual and sustainable change over time.
Therapy, at its best, models healthy attachment and bonding, so that you can explore a deep connection, and grow to understand what feels healthy and what feels unhealthy in your real life relationships.
Regular therapy does not have to be an endless hard slog through painful emotions. A creative approach to therapy shows a "way out" of emotional pain that can be intriguing and inspiring, and even fun!
Getting to know you deeply begins prior to your first session by providing you with an in-depth self-assessment form to fill out so that we can get off to a more efficient start.
Through our therapeutic alliance, my hope is that you deepen your self-understanding, find innovative ways to heal emotional pain, and feel the safety and relief of unburdening your struggles in a loving atmosphere of warmth, acceptance and respect.
Dedicated Time for Your Emotional Healing
3 Session Therapy Start-Up Package
If you have not seen me before and do not have counselling insurance, I invite you to pre-purchase a discounted 3 session bundle. Please book a free 15-minute consult prior to paying to ensure suitability.
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Please consider your package choice carefully. Packages must be prepaid and are non-refundable. You have up to one year to use all of your sessions.
Please see duration suggestions below to decide on your preferred frequency for therapy.
*Please book a free 15-minute consult if you have not had a session with me to see if these packages will be a good fit for you.
*Insurance receipts will be issued after each session is complete.
One Hour Sessions
One hour therapy session covers a lot of ground and there is the time in the end for goal setting and planning. The time used for scheduling appointments, payment and administrative tasks never cut into your therapy hour and occur before or after the counselling portion of your session is session is complete.
Telephone or Skype/Zoom Counselling
Telephone and video counselling is available with me - all over the world. I have been doing online therapy for years and it is very effective. And, you do not have to get in your car to come to your appointment!
This is also often a preferred choice for local clients who live in remote locations or when anxiety or physical concerns make it difficult, if not impossible to leave the home to attend a counselling appointment.
If you are interested in phone or online counselling, please contact me to book a complimentary 15-minute telephone or online consultation to determine suitability.
Please note that I am not able to provide telephone or online counselling for individuals who are currently experiencing suicidal thoughts or who are actively self-harming.
Regular counselling rates apply for phone or online counselling and must be pre-paid online prior to your appointment time.
Session Frequency for Therapy Packages
People often ask, “How often do I need to come for therapy?” To help you determine this, it is important to consider the rate of change you are seeking. It is also helpful to know that you do not have to feel emotionally terrible in order for a counselling session to be deeply worthwhile. It is often an opportune time to rationally explore long-held negative patterns when you are feeling emotionally clearer.
I suggest three frequency options to help you make the choice that is right for you. I am also happy to make a specific recommendation for you or can collaborate with you on other frequency options that you feel would work better.
One session per week is for those who want to make solid gains in understanding and processing old trauma. Weekly therapy is also for those who are currently experiencing an acutely stressful life situation or are experiencing regular and/or intense emotional pain.
Twice Monthly Therapy
Counselling sessions, every two weeks, offer moderate support for people seeking steady, gentle change that will anchor permanently into the regular challenges of everyday life.
Monthly Therapy Monthly counselling sessions work well for people who are seeking to maintain gains made in therapy. It is also for those who are comfortable doing a lot of inner work alone and feel emotionally solid enough to follow through on goals independently. Monthly therapy can learn more towards "forward-moving" coaching sessions if you prefer.
Occasional Sessions When almost all your goals have been reached, you may have periodic concerns about maintenance over the long term. Occasional single sessions can be booked outside of therapy package rates whenever you need them for a single session fee of $110 CAD.
Pre-booking and Scheduling
My practice is busy. I recommend pre-booking appointments two weeks ahead of time to avoid extended gaps between sessions. Such gaps may affect your progress and the satisfaction you receive from counselling.
Free Consult Prior to booking an initial session, you are welcome to book a 15-minute consultation to help ensure a good therapeutic fit for a session package. Consultations are available by phone, online or in-person prior to your initial session.
Initial Session Your first therapy session will typically include a discussion of the issues that bring you to counselling and your related feelings and thoughts. Your first session it is a time for establishing a connection and getting to know your personal story.
You will be invited to set some goals for your counselling package duration. You are always encouraged to share your feedback about each counselling session. I also invite you to "try out" undeveloped aspects or self in connection with me. All parts of you are welcome to express.
Second Session We begin with a brief review of your last therapy session, attend to any pressing issues, and further clarify your goals for counselling. Together, we will develop a plan for achieving these goals and begin to look deeper into the emotional patterns that are not working well for you.
For best results, the actions you take outside of your regular session time will greatly aid your emotional healing process. I will offer some suggestions for daily practice for a change, and I always invite you to intuit your own emotional wellness practices. Planning together for your positive change outside of session time amplifies accountability and encouragement. Subsequent Sessions Emotional struggles and life issues, as you identify and experience them, are discussed in further depth and detail in each subsequent session. Together we unravel your tangled thinking and behavioural patterns to make sense as to why they are stuck in place.
Progress in meeting your goals is reviewed regularly, and gains strengths are regularly celebrated. I will help you sort out and understand the "landscape" of your emotions and together we will examine what new positive life directions your negative emotions are indicating you should travel towards.
When is My Counselling Complete? Sessions are complete when the issues that you came to counselling for have been sufficiently addressed or resolved. Ideally this is determined with some discussion in advance of leaving, however, I fully support any reason you may have for terminating therapy. Should you identify a problem outside of my realm of expertise, I will do my best offer you referrals to other therapists.