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  • What is counselling?
    Counselling is a professional service that helps individuals overcome personal challenges, improve mental health, and enhance overall well-being.
  • Who can benefit from counselling?
    Anyone experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, trauma, low self-esteem or other mental health challenges can benefit from counselling. However, even if you are not struggling with any mental health challenges, counselling provides you with a safe place to self-explore and gain self-awareness to live a more authentic and intentional life.
  • How do I know if I need therapy and if my problem is “bad” enough?
    Many people wonder if their issues warrant therapy. If you've been considering it for a while, it's probably worth giving it a try. Therapy can be helpful if you've ever felt anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, or stressed, or if you're dealing with relationship or family difficulties, boundary issues, trauma, a tough life experience, addiction, or grief.
  • What types of counselling services do you offer?
    I primarily offer individual counselling, specializing in Anxiety Therapy, Asian Canadian Therapy, Career Counselling, Work Stress & Burnout Treatment, and International Student Counselling.
  • How often and how long would I need therapy for?
    The duration and frequency of therapy vary depending on your situation. Typically, sessions are weekly or bi-weekly at the start to build momentum, then we might transition to monthly sessions. Some clients achieve their goals in 10-12 sessions within 3-4 months, while others may prefer ongoing support for years. We'll discuss a treatment plan in our first session that suits your financial and emotional needs, and I'll work with you to determine what works best.
  • Do you offer online or in-person counselling sessions?
    Yes, I offer teletherapy sessions via secure video conferencing for clients who prefer to do healing work from the comfort of their own homes or require remote services. I also offer in-person sessions for those who prefer to connect in person. My office is located at 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2.
  • Is an online counselling session effective?
    Many people find online counselling to be just as effective as in-person sessions. It's convenient and you can still build a strong therapeutic relationship with me. You'll receive a link to the video call and can log in when it’s time for your appointment.
  • How much does it cost?
    My fee is $155 + GST per a 50-minute session. Payments can be made via e-transfer or credit card.
  • Does my insurance cover my session?
    If your insurance plan covers a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), you can submit your invoices to your insurance provider for reimbursement after your payment. Direct billing is not available, so please double-check with your insurance company to ensure your sessions are covered.
  • What if I can’t afford counselling?
    I offer a limited number of sliding scale spots for students. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me for more details.
  • How do I schedule an appointment?
    You can schedule an appointment by calling 778-300-5031, using our online booking system, or emailing me directly.
  • What are your hours of operation?
    I'm available Monday to Wednesday, 2 pm - 7 pm. Sunday appointments are also available upon request.
  • What should I expect during my first session?
    The first session is an intake session where I'll gather information to understand your situation, set specific goals, establish a focus for our sessions, and develop a plan tailored to your needs.
  • What is the cancellation policy?
    Please provide 24-hour notice to cancel or reschedule your appointment. If you don't provide 24-hour notice or fail to show up, a fee equivalent to your regular session fee will be applied.
  • Is my information kept confidential?
    Yes, all sessions and personal information are kept confidential under professional ethical guidelines and legal requirements.
  • Are there any exceptions to confidentiality?
    Exceptions include situations where there is a risk of harm to yourself or others, or as required by law (e.g., reporting child abuse).
  • How do I choose the right counsellor for me?
    Consider factors such as the counsellor's qualifications, areas of expertise, and your comfort level with them. If you are unsure, I also offer a 20-minute free consultation to let you decide if we would be a good fit before scheduling your first session.
  • Can I end counselling at any time?
    Yes, you can end our therapeutic relationship whenever you like. I encourage you to let me know when you'd like to end so we can have a termination session to reflect on what has helped or not helped, and to celebrate your progress.
  • Can I switch counsellors if I feel like you aren’t a good fit?
    Yes, you can switch counsellors if you feel I'm not a good fit. It's important to find a counsellor with whom you feel comfortable and understood. I encourage you to discuss your concerns with me first, so we can try to resolve any issues together. If needed, I can refer you to other colleagues who might be a better fit for you.
  • What modalities do you use?
    I take an integrative approach to counselling. My primary modalities are Adlerian, Internal Family Systems, Somatic Approach, and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. I also incorporate art therapy exercises, stress reduction and relaxation techniques, such as drawing, mindfulness and guided imagery. These techniques aim to increase self-awareness, regulate your nervous system, challenge your blind spots, and discover your inner strength. I believe that clients have the capacity and inner strength to overcome their problems. Through therapy, you'll feel empowered and find the courage to face life's challenges.
  • What if it’s an emergency?
    If you’re in an emergency and don’t feel safe, please seek medical attention at your local Emergency Department or call 9-1-1. If you’re thinking about suicide, call or text 9-8-8 (the free suicide hotline in Canada). If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the crisis centre at 310-6789.
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