Our approach to providing therapeutic counselling services includes a three- to four step process.
If you are unsure about counselling or the counselling process, Golden Ears Counselling offers a complimentary consultation in order for you to feel comfortable prior to committing to the therapeutic process.
During this informal meet and greet we will discuss your goals in seeking counselling to ensure you are matched with the most appropriate Golden Ears specialist to meet your needs. This consultation is also a perfect time to address any questions you may have. You can then decide if therapy is something you wish to invest in. If yes, we will book your first appointment at a time that suits your schedule.
During your first session we will go through a client intake form and ask important questions to get a better understanding of your personality and a greater understanding of the nature of your problems. The objective of the first session is for you and your therapist to get to know one another and collaborate in establishing your short and long-term goals. We will then discuss a treatment plan and (if applicable) a recommended duration of therapy.
Some of our clients find that a few sessions are helpful, but the majority of our clients attend weekly or bi-weekly sessions on a long-term basis.
After your initial session you will meet with your Counsellorregularly to explore and work towards achieving your goals. Your Golden Ears therapist will structure the sessions to fit your particular personality and learning style by utilizing a number of Counselling and Psychotherapy methodologies. We will always ask how you are feeling at the end of each session to ensure you are comfortable with the direction and progress. All sessions will be 50-55 minutes in length (unless you are participating in an intensive, 3 hour focused therapy session).
We at Golden Ears honour and respect every client’s boundaries and desire for what they want out of therapy. We find that the best work is achieved when the trust you and your therapist have built together is strong. This allows your therapy to evolve as you do.
During the last session of your recommended treatment plan we will evaluate progress made to-date and re-cap any important learnings/discoveries throughout the course of your therapeutic journey. We will also evaluate where you are now and how you are feeling.
Counselling and psychotherapy are so individualized and everyone can require a different amount of time, therefore we may recommend you continue with another treatment plan. However, if you have made a significant amount of progress and you are feeling comfortable and more confident, we will conclude the session by reminding you that you are always welcome back for a check-in session at any time!
Rates are based on suggestion from the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and British Columbia College of Social Workers.
50 minute per session. Most popular session length. Allows for enough time to explore issues and work towards goals.
75 minutes per session. Ideal for those who want more time to discuss and explore their concerns. This session length allows for additional tasks, such as goal setting, planning, or crisis intervention. Daytime appointments only.
Numerous studies demonstrate the alliance between the therapist and client, a relationship based on trust, empathy, and genuineness, is the most important factor in the change process. Therefore, ensuring clients have enough time to properly explore issues, develop a plan, and make progress towards goals.
Four standard sessions, including one extended session. For clients starting out.Get Started
Nine standard sessions. For clients engaged in exploratory work or wanting more flexibility.Get Started
Cash, debit, cheque, or Interac e-transfer payments are preferred. Clients also now have the option of storing their credit card on file, to be charged at the end of their session if preferred. Official receipts which include my registration number, are issued for all sessions. Receipts can be printed or emailed to you: your choice.
We believe that money should never be a barrier to service. If financial issues is stopping you from accessing services, please let me know and we can find a plan that works. There are several funding services that we also accept, including First Nations Health Authority, CVAP, and the BC Autism Funding Unit. There are also free provincial resources, such as Child and Youth Mental Health, Foundry, Community Services and Act 2 Child and Family Services.
I have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice are charged a percentage of the cost of the session. Missed appointments are charged the full session fee. My priority is that families get the services they need. Money can be a complicated issue, so if needed we can have a conversation about payment beforehand. Here are some payment options.