Psychologist Fees, Policies & Insurance

THE CONSULTATION PROCESS:

I provide sensitive, compassionate, confidential support and assistance using a practical, problem-oriented, “here and now” approach to treatment. The first one or two sessions are to clarify your concerns and develop your treatment plan. Together we will set specific goals and estimate how often and how many sessions you may need. We will review your progress and goals as needed during your treatment.

SESSIONS:

Appointments generally last 50 minutes with the remaining 10 minutes of the hour used for record keeping. In some circumstances, 30 minute or 90 minute sessions can be arranged to better meet your needs. While most sessions take place in the office, phone or video-based sessions can be arranged in emergencies, and home visits can be provided for clients housebound due to illness or receiving palliative care at home.

CANCELLED OR MISSED APPOINTMENTS:

I reserve the option of charging the full fee if you miss a scheduled session or if you cancel a session with less than 24 hours notice.

CONFIDENTIALITY:

Your privacy is extremely important. In general, everything about your contact with me is completely confidential. I will never discuss you or anything you have told me with anyone (including parents, siblings or spouse) without your expressed, written consent. However, there are specific circumstances where confidentiality cannot be maintained. For example, if you express a plan to seriously harm yourself or another person, or if you disclose that a regulated health professional has acted in a sexually inappropriate way with you, or if you disclose that a child is being abused or neglected, or if information about you is subpoenaed by a court of law. In all such instances, I am required to report what you disclose.

FEES:

Psychologist fees are not covered by Medicare. My rates are based on guidelines set by the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick. Please contact me directly for information about my fees.

INSURANCE:

If you are employed, your extended health insurance plan may cover part or all the cost of seeing a psychologist. Your Human Resources Department can give you information about the level of coverage and about how to get reimbursed. Most insurance plans do not require a physician referral. However, you should check your plan to see if a referral letter is needed. If you have no insurance, you can claim the fees you pay to a psychologist as a medical expense on your income tax return.

PAYMENT:

Payment is due at the end of each appointment by cheque or in cash. You will be provided with a receipt to use either to claim reimbursement from your insurer or for an income tax deduction.