My fees are those recommended by the British Columbia Psychological Association which is increasing the rate to $225. per hour for 2019. Psychotherapy and counselling are $225. per hour, whether for individuals, couples or families. This fee is for a 50 minute session, with 10 minutes allotted for required preparation of session notes and preparation for sessions. For people wishing a full hour in session, my fee is $260., and a full 90 minute session is $360. All court-related consultation or assessment work is at a rate of $450. per hour. People continue to pay the rate in effect when they begin working with me regardless of any future fee increases. This rate lapses after gaps of more than one year, and returning patients pay the new fee.
Psychologists’ fees are not covered by MSP (Medicare) but are completely or partially covered by most extended medical plans. Each plan carries a different amount of coverage. The fees are also often covered under Employee Assistance Programs or Criminal Injury Compensation programs. Fees paid to psychologists for psychotherapy are also deductible as a medical expense on income taxes. I request payment by cheque or cash at the end of each appointment, or by e-transfer, which you make before our appointment time, and I deposit after the end of our appointment. I provide an official receipt with my Registration number, with which you can claim reimbursement or a medical expense.
I ask that you cancel appointments with me as soon as you are aware that you need to. Other clients are waiting for appointments but often need to plan well ahead. If you cancel with 48 hours notice there is no fee. If you cancel with less than 48 hours notice, regardless of the reason, half of your regular fee will be charged unless another client is able to fill the spot. If you do not call or email to cancel I will assume that you are late for the appointment, wait for you throughout the appointment time, and the full fee will be charged.
Speaking & Workshop Fees
My fee for speaking engagements and workshops are negotiated on an individual basis. I generally charge at a rate comparable to what I am paid in my private psychotherapy practice for time spent in preparation and in delivering the talk or workshop. Travel time is calculated at half my rate.
The College of Psychologists requires that all patients be given written information about confidentiality and other aspects of therapy, and to sign their consent to treatment. To save time at the beginning of the first session, you can read and complete the appropriate form ahead of time and bring it with you to the session.