All Services are charged on an hourly basis with sessions being 50 minutes. All fees are based on rates suggested by the Association of Psychology in Newfoundland and Labrador . If you require any type of letter, report, or completions of forms an additional fee will be charged on the time that is required to complete the required documents. The hourly fee will be discussed with you during your first point of contact with our office. Prices are always subject to change.
For assessments we require 50% of payment at the initial session and the remainder by the final session. Please contact us for more information.
Our services are not covered through the Newfoundland Medical Care Plan (MCP). Clients pay themselves or have third party coverage such as Employee Assistance Programs (EFAP, EAP) .
Direct billing is available for most Employee Assistance Programs. Some programs are cost-shared with your employer. Please check into the details of your EAP program.
In the case of Private Health Insurance, most plans allow for reimbursement when you submit your receipt. Some health insurance plans require a referral from a doctor. We do not direct bill your health insurance plan.
Counsellors are assigned to clients based on their areas of interest, availability for appointments, and other factors identified as important by the client (age, gender, etc).
This is something that the counsellor will discuss during the first counselling session. While there may be exceptions, it is generally advisable to plan on scheduling weekly or biweekly sessions. Duration of treatment is dependent on a number of factors, including the severity of the concern for which help is being sought.
Appointments for individuals are generally 50 minutes in length. The first appointment for couples/family counselling is 80 minutes.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have a specialization in psychiatry. They are able to prescribe medication, which is generally an integral part of their treatment regimen. A referral from your family physician is needed in order to see a psychiatrist.
Conversations with the counsellor are kept in strict confidence. This includes the handling of files that contain case notes, records, and psychological test results. If there is a need or desire to disclose information from files with another professional e.g. medical doctor, lawyer, pastor, or third party billing source (for employee benefits, for example), the request will be discussed and you will be asked to sign a release of information confirming your consent.
Counsellors are required by law to report to the appropriate authorities if there is reason to believe a child (under the age of 19) in your care is at risk. This includes, but not limited to, emotional/psychological, physical or sexual risk.
Counsellors may also be required to release information from your file if subpoenaed by the court. In this case the Counsellor is required to release the contents of a file.