Frequently Asked Questions.
Do I need a referral for therapy?
No, you don’t need a referral from your family doctor or anyone else to work with me. You simply need to click the “book a call” page on my website to set a complimentary consultation. This is the first step before any therapy appointments are booked.
You can also email email@example.com or phone at 587-337-5220.
*Note – Consultation ensures we are the right fit for each other because the most important agent of change in therapy is the relationship between the client and therapist.
Is therapy like what you see on TV, and how long will I need to go for?
No! I won’t be staring at you from behind a clipboard. I’ll be applauding you for your courage, strength, and desire to improve your life. Together, we’ll focus on your strengths, solutions and eliminate the painful things that keep you stuck.
My job is empowering *actual* change because you shouldn’t keep repeating the same behavior or feeling the same way if you don’t want to. I don’t believe you should be in therapy for the same issue for years on end. It’s not good for either of us. How many sessions you will need depends on the presenting problem, the treatment modality we use, and whether we do any intensive work. So, the long and short, “it depends.”
Is everything we discuss kept confidential?
Yes! As a Registered Masters Level Social Worker, I am required to keep everything confidential unless you indicate serious risk or harm to yourself or others.
Where are you licensed to practice as a therapist, and do you specialize in any areas?
I am licensed to practice therapy in the province of Alberta.
I specialize in anxiety (including performance), negative thinking and self-doubt, self-esteem issues, trauma, stress and overwhelm, perfectionism, relationship patterns, depression, building confidence and resilience.
I also work with women who feel pretty balanced and are keen on keeping it that way through regular honest reflection.
What are your fees, and how do I pay?
A 50-minute therapy session is $220.
A 90-minute therapy session is $330.
You will receive an electronic invoice via email on the day of your appointment. Payment is due before your session, and you can pay by credit card or e-transfer.
A receipt will be sent directly to your email, which you can submit to your extended health plan.
Do you direct bill?
Direct billing to Alberta Blue Cross is available.
Please check your health plan for all other benefit providers to be familiar with the requirements and funding available.
A receipt will be given so you can submit it to your benefits or keep it for income tax purposes.
Do you offer virtual therapy?
Yes! I’ve been doing virtual therapy for over 8-years. Virtual therapy is available throughout the province of Alberta and Ontario.
Many clients like the benefit of attending therapy from the comfort of their own home, working around their schedule, and eliminating travel time.
Virtual therapy is safe and confidential, and occurs on Zoom.
What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
EMDR is considered evidence-based therapy by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the World Health Organization.
EMDR provides better results or similar results in a shorter time period compared to other therapy modalities.
EMDR is based on the theory that when a person is upset by a particular event, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. The event or, in some situations, trauma becomes “frozen” and has a lasting negative effect on the way a person sees themselves, the world, and other people. The frozen event or trauma is what creates the symptoms you’re experiencing.
EMDR is not about learning to cope better, developing skills, or improving your self-awareness.
EMDR is about completely resolving your issue by addressing the root of the problem. When the root of the issue is resolved, your symptoms go away.
What can EMDR help with?
EMDR can treat almost anything. Trauma, anxiety (including performance anxiety), changing limiting beliefs (i.e., negative thoughts and rumination), confidence and self-esteem issues, depression, and more.
EMDR is also used for performance enhancement to excel in athletics, business, entrepreneurship, and the creative arts.
Can I work with you without doing EMDR?
You’re in charge of your therapy, and in some situations, EMDR is not suitable. That said, after 16-years of clinical practice and training in a variety of treatment modalities, I can tell you EMDR is unrivaled in producing lasting results because it resolves the root of the issue instead of solely treating the symptoms. Therefore, if appropriate, I often recommend EMDR.
What is an EMDR Intensive, and what's involved?
The traditional model of weekly therapy is shifting to meet your needs. Now more than ever, we need flexibility in how we get support.
An EMDR intensive is a one, two, or three day experience. Within the allotted time of working together, you’ll notice immediate changes in your thoughts, mood, and behavioral patterns that keep you stuck.
What’s involved with an EMDR Intensive?
-We’ll start with a 20-minute phone consultation to discuss your interests and to determine suitability.
-An initial 1.5- 2 hour traditional talk therapy appointment aimed at understanding your difficulties, and identifying the root of your challenges and the best path forward (aka going for the roots, connecting the dots, and developing your customized roadmap to resolve what keeps you stuck).
-Booking your one, two, or three day EMDR Intensive Experience.
While EMDR intensives might be new to the Calgary community, they’ve been around the globe for several years. I’m excited to bring this offering to the community because why wait months, years, or decades when you can feel better and get unstuck NOW!
*Note- For some people, weekly sessions are more suitable than intensives.
Can I do individual EMDR sessions as opposed to an EMDR Intensive?
Yes, absolutely! Your healing and growth journey and how you choose to experience is entirely up to you.
Where do you provide coaching, and how do I get started?
I provide coaching to clients globally. Coaching sessions occur on Zoom, if you’re not located in Calgary.
Please book a complimentary call (under the “book a call” website page). From there, you and I will meet to discuss your goals and interests in coaching and will determine if we’re the right fit to work together.
How is coaching different from therapy?
Coaching is an excellent option for those not in enough distress for therapy, but need some help in one or more areas of their lives, or with goals, so you can transform your life from the inside out.
The focus of coaching is more intensive and has more support throughout the coaching contract. Coaching focuses on life, leadership, or performance goals and transformation.
Coaching does not focus on trauma or mental illness.
Is it true you were on the same award list as Oprah Winfrey and Brene Brown?
Yes, in 2021, I was an official honoree of the Brainz CREA Global Award, which recognized my innovation in mental health and business. In 2021, Oprah Winfrey was a notable icon on this same award list.
And in 2022, I was given the award again, and was among icons like Brene Brown!
I’m not in Calgary, Alberta, can I do an EMDR Intensive?
Yes, many clients travel to do an EMDR intensive with me.
What's the cost for an EMDR Intensive?
A one-day EMDR Intensive is $2150.
A two-day EMDR Intensive is $3997.
A three-day EMDR Intensive is $5997.
*Prices subject to change.
How will I book future appointments?
Once we mutually decide working together is the right fit, you’ll be provided with direct scheduling links to book all future appointments.
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