Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

What do the letters behind your name mean?

I obtained my Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Masters in Social Work (MSW) from York University. I am Registered Social Worker (RSW) which means I am registered and governed by the British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW).

Are you a Registered Clinical counsellor (RCC)?

I am not a Clinical Counsellor. Clinical counselling involves assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Rather than the medical model (diagnosis and treatment), I used Disability Justice Framework in my practice.

Can i bill my insurance?

If you have extended health benefits, you may be eligible for counselling. It is advised you call your insurance company prior to your visit to confirm your coverage. Here are some questions you may want to ask:

  1. Do you cover a Registered Social Worker? Most insurance companies cover counselling from a variety of professions. Registered Social Workers and Psychologists are commonly covered, such as Green Shield and Great West Life, but it’s best to check!

  2. How much is my coverage, and what is my maximum amount per session? Ask how much they will pay. With this knowledge, you’ll know how many sessions will be covered, and if you’ll need to plan to pay any expenses out of pocket. It is common for insurance companies to offer a rate below industry standard. Best to be prepared! Knowing how many sessions you have will help us make a plan that works for you.

Do you direct bill?

I direct bill the following organizations:

  • Ministry of Children and Family Development- Autism Funding Branch

  • Crime Victim Assistance Program

  • First Nations Health Authority- Mental Wellness and Counselling Program (MWCP) (September 2019)

  • Please note I do not offer direct billing to insurance companies. Payments must be made, then submitted to your insurance company.

I don’t have any artistic talents, and I don’t want to play. Are you the right fit for me?

Expressive arts and play are not requirements- they are tools. If these tools do not speak to you, we don’t have to explore using them. I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Book your free consultation to explore the options.

You say you work with people with autism. Do you do ABA?

I work with neuro-diverse young people and adults using a Disability Justice Framework. This framework views neuro-diversity as part of human diversity, rather than something that needs correction. As such, my therapy practice is focused on building foundational skills (such as soothing, setting and communicating boundaries, and healthy relationship skills) to build upon life skills.

what does a free consultation look like?

It is important in your wellness journey to find a therapist who suits your needs. We believe that journey shouldn’t cost you. The free consultation is an opportunity for us to meet and find out if we are a good fit. The consultation can be done in person at my downtown Penticton office, over the phone, or virtually (for remote clients only). Consultations are a maximum of 30 minutes. I will be happy to direct you to other practitioners who may be a better fit if we are not well suited for one another.

what can i expect during sessions?

Sessions vary depending on your needs and goals, but there are a few constants depending on the services you choose.

  1. In-person individual counselling: Sessions are held in downtown Penticton. Sessions are 60 minutes. The approach we take will be decided in your free consultation. Person-centered therapy is talk therapy meaning you can expect to do most of the talking, while I act as your mirror and memory. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) involve structured sessions. The sessions are often a mix between talk therapy and expressive arts interventions. You can learn more about this approach here.

  2. Remote individual counselling: Sessions are held online using NousTalk, an encrypted video and voice software which is HIPAA compliant. You will not be required to download any software. You log-in online and our session begins.

  3. In-person couples counselling: Sessions are held in downtown Penticton. Sessions are 90 minutes. The approach we take will be decided in your free consultation. Sessions are often a mix between talk therapy and expressive arts interventions.

is your office private?

The office is completely private. The space is not shared.

What kind of issues do you have experience in?

I have experience as a Mental Health and Substance Use Counsellor for a variety of communities including gender identity and sexual orientation minorities, refugees, women experiencing violence, people labelled with developmental and intellectual disabilities, neuro-diversity, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Highly Sensitive Persons (HSP), and people experiencing poverty.

I have experience in supporting people seeking support for complex trauma, sexual assault, eating disorders, substance dependency, anxiety, depression, and people labelled with Borderline Personality Disorder, and Dissociative Identity Disorder. Check out client testimonials for reviews.

Do you offer home visits?

I appreciate how difficult it can be to make it to visits, especially if child care is an issue. Depending on my availability, I am open to discussing home visits.