Frequently Asked Questions
How Will I Feel? Expect to probably feel nervous and hesitant to talk about what is going on for you or your loved one.
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This is normal and most people feel this way regardless of their age, sex, occupation or status. "It's important to keep in mind that everyone has struggles and even when they are successful in other areas of their lives. Life is not all or nothing".
Expect that you might experience some uncomfortable feelings as you start to deal with difficult issues or things that you've been avoiding or afraid to talk about. Know that as we progress you will feel better. The First Meeting Before we meet we will discuss over the phone who should attend (e.g., only yourself or with a partner or family member(s). Our first meeting will be an assessment where I might ask questions about your:
  • current & past functioning
  • mental health concerns & history (e.g., depression, anxiety, bipolar etc)
  • your eating and exercise behaviour, weight loss practices, body image issues
  • substance misuse or other addictive behaviours
  • couple or family relationship concerns; family of origin history
  • strengths & areas of your life that are going well
You may also be asked to complete some questionnaires.

We will identify what you want to get from our sessions and establish goals that are meaningful to you and measurable so we can see how you are progressing. We will also discuss if you would like future sessions to be individually focused or if you would like to have a partner or family member(s) join you. A combination of different types of sessions can be tailored to meet your needs.

I'll also ask you what other professionals are involved in your care and if there are others who need to be considered (e.g., dietician, physician, psychiatrist). With your permission, I will contact these other professionals and collaborate with them about your care.
How Long are Sessions? Expect the initial assessment to be 60 to 90 minutes depending on your concerns, history and number of people attending. Thereafter, sessions are generally 60 minutes but can be longer or shorter depending on your needs. Those travelling from out of town or participating in family sessions often book 90 to 120 minutes. How Often Do We Meet? The frequency of sessions will depend on the issues we are dealing with and your personal preference. Generally, meetings are more frequent in the beginning and then spread out as you progress. We will discuss a plan that works for you.

How Long Do I Need to Come? This depends on the issues we are dealing with and their chronicity. Chronic issues and patterns take longer to change than those of shorter duration. This however does NOT mean that continuous therapy is needed for years! Generally, clients attend between 4 to 8 sessions. Often clients will work on one issue and then return months or some time later to discuss a different concern. Note: treatment for eating disorders tends to be longer then 8 sessions.
What Are the Fees? Fees are consistent with the guidelines of my professional organizations (CAMFT & BCAMFT). Session fees may be reimbursed in part or full by your employer-provided health insurance plan. As well, I am a service provider for Crime Victim Assistance (CVA). Please call me to obtain my current rate for services.
What Happens with My Information? All of your information will be held in strict confidence according to professional and legal guidelines. Therefore, partners, family members or employers etc. will not be given any information without your consent. Limitations of confidential in cases of imminent safety issues for self or others and other serious concerns will be thoroughly explained to you.