Frequently Asked Questions
How will counselling help?
Is therapy confidential?
Providing an emotionally safe and confidential environment is our top priority. In general the law protects the confidentiality of all conversations between a client and a psychotherapist. I do not disclose information without your written permission. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule that apply to counsellors and therapists in Alberta, such as:
- A therapist must report suspected child abuse to the appropriate authorities
- If a client suggests intent to harm him or herself, a therapist will make every effort to enlist your cooperation to ensure your safety. If you do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without your permission to ensure safety.
- If a client is threatening bodily harm to another person, a therapist must notify the police and the intended victim.
What can we expect in an initial couple session?
Expect to participate in a working session, not just an information gathering meeting.
We will spend time getting to know each other, discuss why you are here, start to explore what prompted the session and what you want to gain from counseling .
From there Dr. Ottawa will begin to work together with you to gain a clear understanding of what is happening in the relationship, the various issues that are being presented and some of the factors that have led to the development of the issues.
Depending on what information is given and what is needed, and the time left in the session, Dr. Ottawa sometimes is able to give a specific skill that will help to stabilize the situation.
The first session is about getting started. 75 minutes does not allow all the history of the relationship to be discussed nor does it allow time for specific resolutions or closure to the issues described. It is about starting to move forward in the direction you want.
The session ends with an assessment of your situation, and a discussion of your options and recommendations for moving forward. Specific homework questions to your situation will be given after the session. At times, we may agree that it is necessary to take certain actions outside of regular sessions, and/or read a book to expedite the counseling process.
Dr. Ottawa endeavors to work together with couples to finding the solutions to their situation.
Should I come alone or with my partner?
Is there a minimum booking?
What is your cancellation policy?
How much does counseling cost and what about my benefits?
Always seek a trained marriage and family therapist for couples or individual’s issues. If we are not the best fit for you, we will help you find another qualified professional. In person, office fees are set lower than the psychological association guidelines. Individual and couple sessions are available on a fee-for-service basis.
To help our clients get the most out of their sessions. we have a 50 minute minimum booking for individuals, and a minimum 75 minute session for Couples. More time may be available for clients whether on an individual basis or on a couple basis, however they will be charged for the extra time used.
Fees for Dr. Ottawa Easingwood are $159.00 plus GST per 50 minute session. It is always the responsibility of each prospective client to check with their benefit provider to see what is covered, either through their core benefit plan or through a health spending account. If you have any questions, please call for assistance. We accept cash, debit, VISA and MasterCard.
How long will it take and how do I know it’s time to end?
This varies with each individual, couple and situation. Your therapist will give you an assessment and discuss your options with you in your initial appointment.
How do you know when it’s time to end treatment? A simple answer is, when your goals have been met. We will make a recommendation to you as to what’s required, options for achieving your goals and an assessment of progress as we go along. And you decide.