FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions clients have before working with me. Please read through them carefully. If you have any unanswered questions, I would be happy to answer them.
Where are you located?
My office is located at 1238 Richardson Street in Victoria, B.C., in the garden cottage at the back of the property.
Are your services covered by my employee benefit plan?
Psychological services may be covered or partly covered for you and your family members through an extended health care benefit plan offered by your employer.
Upon payment, I will issue you a signed receipt with my professional registration number on it. This receipt can then be sent to certain employee benefit plans for potential reimbursement.
Coverage for psychologists can range from $500 to $2000 per year depending on the plan. It is best to read through your benefit plan information or call the company directly to learn more about your coverage and how it may help.
What is a Registered Psychologist?
Registered Psychologists are regulated by the College of Psychologists of British Columbia and are accountable to the public through the Code of Conduct.
What are your qualifications?
I have a Master’s in Counselling and am a Registered Psychologist (#2207) in the province of British Columbia. I have several years of experience as a crisis counsellor, school therapist, university instructor, and group facilitator. I also have diverse cross-cultural experience having lived, worked and volunteered overseas (Japan, South Africa and Thailand) for nearly three years.
What are the risks and benefits?
Psychotherapy can involve exploring emotional and mental areas that may be uncomfortable and even painful at times. Increasing one’s awareness of his or her whole life (thoughts, emotions, sensations) can aid in bringing about acceptance, harmony, and strength. It is important to understand that the process of integration can be challenging and that there will be times of feeling better and worse.
How can I make the most of my sessions?
Several factors can contribute to success in therapy. Active and honest participation is perhaps the most important. Ensuring you attend all sessions and spend time between sessions reflecting, applying insights and intentionally trying new things will also greatly increase your chances of success.
What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
Psychologists typically hold a Master’s or Ph.D. in psychology. This involves 6-10 years of education in how people think, behave, and feel. While there are many areas in which a psychologist may work, a clinical psychologist, counselling psychologist, or school psychologist is trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health concerns using psychotherapeutic tools.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors with a specialization in psychiatry. In order to see a psychiatrist, one requires a referral. Psychiatrists assess, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders with one large difference. They are able to prescribe medication which can be essential for severe disorders and/or situations where a person is a danger to themselves or others (schizophrenia or severe depression, for example).
This is not an exhaustive explanation. For more information please consult:
Canadian Psychological Association: http://www.cpa.ca/public/whatisapsychologist/
Canadian Psychiatric Association : http://www.cpa-apc.org/browse/sections/10
Where can I park?
On street parking is readily available (on Richardson Street) with no time limit.