What is a Registered Clinical Counsellor?
An RCC is a member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, an organization that holds its members to the highest ethical standards of clinical practice. BCACC members have met strict standards for education, supervision and clinical practice. They hold, at the minimum, a Masters level of education.
Do I need a referral from my family doctor?
It is not necessary to have a referral from your doctor to come and see me. You can contact me directly at 778-863-4044 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
How much does a session cost and is it covered by insurance?
The fee for a 50 to 55 min session is $110, payable by cash or cheque at the time of the appointment, or by email transfer prior to your appointment. The service is not covered by BC Medical but if you or your spouse hold extended medical insurance, check to see if therapy with an RCC is covered.
Do you offer free initial consultations?
I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation, during which you may ask questions about counselling and how I work, while I can get a sense of your concerns. Once we decide that we can work together, you can book your first appointment.
Is everything we discuss in counselling confidential?
It is important that you know that the things discussed in counselling are completely confidential. The BC Association of Clinical Counsellor’s Code of Ethics requires this, with a few exceptions: if there is a present danger to you or to others, if there is present abuse of a child or other dependent person reported, or if records are subpoenaed by a court of law.
What happens at the first session? How do we start?
During our initial session, the time will be spent understanding your concerns and getting to know you as a person, since there is so much more to you than just your problems. We can begin to determine what is important to you and collaboratively set some goals for the counselling process.