The Trio Psychology Blog
A Little Bit About Psychology, Dogs and Me
When people use pornography long term, addiction can develop. Intimacy is affected, and healthy, loving relationships are not possible. The result is a decline in the interest in real, human partners. The use of internet pornography affects the brain, and actually...
Holidays without your Pet
If you have lost a pet recently or even some time ago, the holidays can be a difficult time. There are several reasons for this, including the following: there may be a renewed sense of grief often there are expectations from others to celebrate when you don’t feel...
Support Groups for Pet Loss
A free support group has been created in partnership with Vets To Go, an amazing company that provides mobile vet services to people in Alberta. This group has been recently started in order to provide information and support to those who have experienced, or will be...
Grieving the Loss of a Pet
The loss of a pet can be a very sad and heartbreaking time. There are many emotional and behavioral responses that can result from this loss, and these are all normal reactions. Some of these symptoms include: Denial Sadness Shock Anger Guilt Depression Obsessive...
Alberta Spay and Neuter Task Force
The Alberta Spay and Neuter Task Force (ASNTF) is an organization that I have been a volunteer with for the past 3 years. The task force provides community based wellness clinics for pets and owners, in order to assist with pet overpopulation concerns, as well as...
How to help someone with depression
There are many people who suffer from depression, which is a serious but very treatable disorder. Not only does it affect the person with depression, but also those around them. When someone you love is depressed, you may experience feelings of helplessness, sadness,...
Questions on Counselling
How do I know if I need counselling?
Sometimes we need to seek help from a trained professional to work through problems that we are encountering. You may need counselling if:
- you are feeling overwhelmed, and your problems do not seem to improve despite your best efforts
- you are having difficulties in your relationships
- it is difficult to carry out your daily routine, performance at work is affected, relationships are strained, or you are not feeling like you are coping effectively
- You are using alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, or other means that are negatively affecting your life
- You feel unhappy or hopeless
What can I expect in a first session?
During the first session, paperwork is completed as well as a functional assessment. I will ask about your concerns and what has brought you to therapy. Once all information has been gathered, goals for therapy and a treatment plan can be discussed.
How do I know if it’s the right fit for me?
You should feel comfortable with your psychologist and be able to discuss personal information. It is important to have a good rapport with your psychologist and feel at ease with him/her.
In order to determine if we are a good fit for each other, I offer a free 20 minute consultation.
How long are sessions?
Sessions are 60 minutes in length, which includes admin time (i.e. payment, booking next appointments, etc). Longer sessions may be arranged in 15 minute segments.
How many sessions are required?
Therapy is individual to each person and the amount of time required is dependant on several factors. Some of these factors include the nature of the concerns brought to therapy, complexity of the issues, amount of work completed outside of sessions, and motivation to change.
What is the cost?
The Fee Schedule recommended by the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta is a guideline for setting fees for services. My fees are set using this schedule as a guideline. You can access this fee schedule on the Psychologists’ Association website at www.psychologistsassociation.ab.ca.
My fee for individual sessions is $220/hour.
Alberta Health Care does not cover the cost of psychological services. However, I will issue a receipt for fees paid, and if you have an insurance plan, this may be submitted to your insurance company for full or partial re-imbursement.
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