What About Cost?
Counsel Me Vancouver believes that pricing for counselling should be fair and reasonable. Most importantly, it should be affordable. Cost has been carefully considered through the comparison of other comparable service providers, professional level of the counselling being offered, and the desire to provide counselling to as many clients as possible. The fees are also in accordance with the recommended fee guidelines set forth by the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
Initial Complimentary Consultations
The initial 15-20 minute phone session is free of charge. This call insures that I can assist your personal mental health concerns within my scope of practice and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions prior to scheduling an appointment. It also allows me to prepare for your first session so that you get the most out of your counselling experience.
I also offer a free 30 minute consultation to people trying to decide on a therapist that best suits their needs. In this meeting, you have the opportunity to meet me, ask any questions you might have, see the office, and get a general sense of the work that we’d be doing in session to help you achieve your counselling goals. The consultation is not a necessity but is offered as an option to help you make some decisions about counselling and your therapist choice. During this meeting, time will not be spent on helping you work through your personal struggles but rather to get a better idea of suitability.
For individual counselling, each session costs $160 per session plus GST. Most individual sessions generally run for 50-60 minutes.
For couple’s counselling, each session costs $199 per session plus GST. Most couple’s sessions generally run for 90 minutes. Ask how you can qualify for a 15% discount on your couple’s therapy sessions.
*Many insurance companies offer coverage for counselling. See below for details..
When paying for counselling you have some options:
Pay-as-you-go: This option allows you to book your sessions one by one and pay as you go along.
Counselling Package A: Series of 5 sessions + $25 off. This option is about committing to change while saving a bit of the cost.
Counselling Package B: Series of 10 sessions + $50 off. This options is about committing up front to ensure success.
Counselling Package C: Series of 15 sessions + $75 off. This option is about ensuring you get the most out of counselling and receive ongoing support.
Gift Cards are available and make an excellent present for someone you care about.
If you have any questions regarding the fees, do not hesitate to contact us for more information.
All cancelled appointments require 24 hours notice and packages expire a year after their purchase.
Counselling is a smart investment in yourself
From time to time, we reward ourselves with a treat-a cup of coffee, a new electronic gadget, a massage, perhaps a new watch or clothing. However, we often forget the importance of our mental well-being. Consider rewarding your inner life and budgeting some of this money for counselling. There is no better, long-term investment than improving the quality of your life-your health, well-being, and relationships. Counselling can help alleviate problems before they take physical, mental, and financial tolls. Make your mental health a priority and improve your quality of life.
Payment can be made at the beginning or end of each session by credit card, eTransfer, check or cash. You can pay per individual session or buy a session package to save on some of the cost.
Which Insurance Companies Cover Counselling?
Although counselling fees are not covered under the BC Medical Services Plan, many health benefit plans do include counselling coverage that reimburse you for visits to a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC).
If your insurance is provided by one of the below companies, check with them to see how much your plan covers per calendar year. However, if your insurance company is not listed below, this does not mean that they won’t cover costs. Refer to your insurance company benefits package or Human Resources Department to find out what type of coverage you have.
The following plans are known to cover some or all of counselling provided by a RCC:
*Victim’s Assistance Services (call 604-660-3888 or toll free in BC at 1-866-660-3888 to enroll with CVAP)
* ICBC (if involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident causing anxiety and trauma you may get approval for counselling)
*Depends on the client’s reasons for seeking counselling and requires proper approval from the company.
If your insurance company does cover counselling from a RCC, simply provide the receipt Counsel Me Vancouver gives you to your insurance company and they will reimburse you. Some insurance companies can also be billed directly by Counsel Me Vancouver, saving you the trouble. Ask your therapist about this process.
If you find that RCC visits are not covered under your plan, you may want to contact your employer, Human Resources Department, or insurance company directly to request a small change to the plan’s coverage. This isn’t difficult, doesn’t cost the employer anything, and at the same time increases your employee benefits. Most employers like to increase the amount of benefits that their employees can access, especially when it does not cost the employer any additional fee. Often plans will cover visits to a Psychologist but not a qualified RCC who is less expensive. By adjusting the plan to include RCC’s, your counselling dollars will actually go further. Please use the link below to access a document with the information you will need to put into your own letter when making this request.