Helping You Build & Maintain Healthy Relationships
Relationships are developed throughout our lives, and on many different levels. Everyone has relationships that can cause concern at times – whether it is with a partner or spouse, family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor, or another person. These concerns can cause anxiety, frustration, and even anger if they are not addressed.
A healthy relationship is one that contributes to the positive feelings about oneself, and it also enhances our life. These types of relationships are based on a sense of balance between both parties. Honesty, respect, trust, empathy, understanding, and communication are some of the core qualities of healthy relationships.
As a psychologist, counselling people who want to improve their relationships leads me to areas such as assertiveness, boundary development, communication skills, and emotional expression. By recognizing the role that one plays in relationships, a person may choose to make changes that can improve the level of connection with others.
The development of healthier relationships can improve both how we relate to and understand those with whom we interact on a regular basis.
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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Let me provide you with the tools to breakthrough your roadblocks.