Fees and Questions

Will counsellors be covered under my extended health plan?

  • Every plan is different. Contact your plan provider before your first session to ensure that your plan covers  the Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) designation. 
  • Usually most plans have coverage for counselling with a RCC between $500-$1500 per year. Some plans require doctors approval or can be claimed as part of the Health Spendings Account. 
  • In rare situations, we may be able to direct bill insurance companies. 

What is the cost to see a counsellor?

  • Individual appointments are $118.10 + GST ($124) for a 50 min session.
  • Family/Couples appointments are $125.71 + GST ($132) for a 50 min session.
  • Video/Phone Follow Up Sessions are $89.52 + GST ($94) for a 45 min session

A Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) must meet the provincial standards of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) by completing specific academic criteria and engaging in ongoing clinical supervision. Registered Clinical Counsellors are required to abide by a Code of Ethical Conduct as well as Standards of Clinical Practice. Relief Counselling’s fees are aligned with those recommended for a Registered Clinical Counsellor in British Columbia. The BCACC fee guide can be found here

What happens during the first initial consultation?

  • During the first session, we review confidentiality, discuss your reasons for counselling and set up a mutual treatment plan tailored to your needs.
  • For couples/Families, each individual has a full or part session alone, and after the individual concerns are brought up and discussed, a joint session is conducted. 
What should I expect from treatment?
  • Therapy is completely private – with the exception of certain situations – as a client, you can speak freely about things you are afraid of, things that might embarrass you or stir up other emotions.
  • As a counsellor, I am trained to see patterns that are good and patterns that are not working.  I am trained to safety address these patterns to you, then together we can employ strategies to identify and avoid patterns that are not working.
  • I may have ideas or recommendations about strategies, but primarily I will help you figure things out for yourself. I can help you discover your own solutions and teach you to remember that pathway so you can find it when you need it again.  I will encourage self-reflection and empower your strengths. In treatment, you get safe and supportive feedback while discovering new skills and reflections at your own pace.
  •   Overall, therapy is an active process; this process requires courage, openness, and discipline.  For example, as a counsellor I can share relevant strategies with you to overcome anxiety, however if you choose not to practice them you may not see result