Fees

Individual Counselling Session (50 min) $120 CAD

Individual Counselling Session (80 min) $180 CAD

Relationship Counselling Session (80 min) $180 CAD

Relationship Counselling Session (100 min) $200 CAD

I do accept a limited number of appointments on a sliding scale rate. Please get in touch to know more.

Benefits

Extended Health Insurance

If you have extended health insurance benefits, your counselling may be fully or partially covered. Here are a few questions to ask your insurance provider before your first appointment:

1. Do you cover a Registered Clinical Counsellor (BCACC) or a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCPA)? 


If not, ask them if they would make an exception. 

 

If your company does not cover an RCC or CCC, you may consider writing to ask the provider if they would make an exception. Because the fee for a registered clinical counsellor is usually less than a psychologist, your provider may make an exception in your case and your counselling dollars will actually go further.

 

You could even contact your employer, Human Resources Department, instead of the insurance company to request this change to the plan’s coverage. It shouldn't cost them any additional fee and once requested, is pretty straight-forward for them to do. Your request is important because most employers like to increase the number of benefits that their employees can access, especially when it does not cost extra. You also play an instrumental role in generating demand for mental health services to be treated similar to physical health services by insurance companies today (thanks!). If you need help drafting this request or would like an endorsement/support from your Counsellor, let me know here.

2. What is the maximum limit of funds* for counselling? Is there a limit per session?

3. Should my counsellor bill the insurance provider directly or should I pay the counsellor and will be reimbursed?

4. Are there any deductibles I might have to pay for using the coverage for counselling?

*Some insurance companies give a set amount of money that you can use in a year for counselling. It is important to know if they base this on a calendar year (beginning in January-December) or a fiscal year (beginning in April to May).

ICBC 7 Part Benefits Subsidized Counselling

An accident is a traumatic event that may impact your daily well-being and mental health. You may be eligible and pre-approved for 12 sessions of free subsidized counselling if you have recently been in a motor vehicle accident and have reported a claim with ICBC. Read more about the same here. ICBC will be invoiced directly after your sessions so that you can focus solely on your recovery.

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Shivani Agarwal, RCC, CCC, MCP-AT