Please have a look through some of the Frequently Asked Questions below to help you gain an understanding about how I work and to clarify the hopes for our therapeutic relationship. Please feel free to contact me regarding any questions where clarification is needed
It is a courageous act to come to therapy and invest in making changes around issues that may seem difficult to face. It is my job to provide a safe place for you to discuss what you would like to be different in your life and explore how it might feel to make some changes. Aa a family therapist I am trained to recognize patterns in relationships that may be contributing to your feeling stuck. You know yourself and the reality of your experiences best. Therefore, it is important for you and I to work together.
It is normal to struggle and experience some difficult emotions as work progresses. It is possible that things might even feel worse before they feel better, and it is important to remember that when we meet I will be there to support you through these difficult times. Clear and open conversations about timelines and progress will help make this possible. The duration of therapy is difficult to predict – some goals may be reached in the very short term, while others may require long term work. You have the right to end therapy at any point for any reason. Ideally, the end of therapy will be a mutual decision agreed upon after your goals have been met.
What you say during therapy is confidential. I cannot share what you tell me without your permission, unless I believe that your life or someone else’s life is in danger, or a child is at risk of being abused or neglected. In these cases, I am legally obligated to break confidentiality and act responsibly on that information.
At Wild Prairie Family Therapy, I work from a team approach. This means I will ask your permission to consult with other therapists and with supervisors to ensure best quality care. These other professionals are also bound by rules of confidentiality. The team approach also means that I will work collaboratively with other helpers involved in your care if you would like. Please discuss with me if there are any other people you would like involved in your care.
In order to work with children under the age of 16, I require the written consent of both parents. In cases where one parent has primary care and control, I require only their signature and a copy of the court order.
Appointments are usually scheduled once a week for 60 minutes (50 minutes session and 10 minutes administrative duties). Different options are also available. If needed, we will have the opportunity to discuss what schedule best fits your needs.
$100/hour due at the end of each session. I currently accept cash, cheque and or e-transfer.
I ask for reasonable notice if you need to cancel a session. If you cancel less than 24 hours before, or fail to show for a session, you will be charged the regular fee.
Phone calls to set or reschedule appointments are free. Phone calls beyond these purposes are subject to the regular fee. If you choose to call me, you are free to do so, but you need to know that I may not be able to receive your phone calls immediately depending on my location and time of day. If I am unable to receive your call immediately please leave me a voice message and I will return your call.