FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is your treatment approach?
I have extensive training and experience in relationship and psychosexual psychotherapy. For relationship therapy I primarily work psychodynamically, which means I believe difficulties in the present are most likely to have originated in the past. Helping you to understand these links is a necessary step towards achieving changes in perception, awareness and patterns of behaviour in relationships. I may also suggest some practical exercises if appropriate, such as communication tools
Psychosexual therapy usually incorporates more behavioural or cognitive types of therapy alongside psychodynamic work. Since my training has been integrative, I am able to draw on many different models of therapy while we work which allows me to facilitate the most effective treatment for each individual client. This work usually involves practical exercises I ask you to do at home, as well as some education around sexual anatomy and functioning
Overall, I like to work holistically, which means looking at how a variety of factors may be contributing to the problem
How do I make an appointment?
The easiest way to make an appointment is to call the office. The friendly staff at Kelowna Professional Group will be able to help you find a time that suits both of us
Do you offer online counselling?
Yes, I am able to provide Zoom video counselling for people who may have difficulty leaving their home due to mobility issues, concerns with anxiety, or anyone living in a remote area who cannot make it to an in-person session in Kelowna, BC. Please contact the office for further details
Will this be covered under my extended health plan?
Every plan is different. You can contact your plan provider before your first session to ensure that your plan covers Registered Clinical Counsellors. Please be aware that I am unable to direct bill at this time
What is the fee if not covered by my health plan?
Please contact the office to ask about specific fees
What is the waiting time?
The waiting time varies but I will always do my best to see you for an initial consultation as soon as I can. If I have no availability, I will do my best to recommend an alternative therapist
How long is each session?
Sessions are 50 minutes. Occasionally I might recommend longer sessions for couples
How often do I need to come to see you?
Most often I recommend weekly or bi-weekly therapy, however more or less frequent sessions may be more appropriate for you, we can discuss this together
How many sessions will I need?
This is a common question but unfortunately it is nearly impossible to answer and depends on the nature of the problem plus many other factors. What I can tell you is that consistency and regularity in therapy are key for a good outcome
What happens if I cannot make my appointment?
I ask that you provide at least 48 hours notice for cancellations otherwise I charge 50% of the cost of the session. If you are coming as a couple it is not always necessary for both people to attend every session
How do I know what we discuss will be confidential?
I am a registered member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and an accredited member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) and I work to their confidentiality and ethical standards which you can read for the BCACC here and for COSRT here
Do I have to bring my partner?
Not necessarily, although if you are currently in a relationship I do usually recommend you both attend as this is often a predictor for a successful outcome. However, I am more than happy to see you alone for an initial consultation and we can discuss your feelings about including or not including your partner. I am happy to work with individuals who may not currently have a partner
Will I have to take my clothes off?
No, I will never ask you to undress. Any practical exercises I prescribe will be done in the privacy of your own home. I will usually recommend that you see your family doctor to rule out any physical causes of the problem if you have not already
How do I know if this is the right therapy for me?
The best way to decide whether or not this is the right therapy for you is to arrange an initial consultation. I understand that you might feel your problem is very embarrassing or that no-one else has the problem you do. I can assure you I would be extremely surprised if this was true! If you are worried about committing to an initial consultation, please drop me an email and we can arrange a brief telephone consultation first. If I do not think I am the best person to help you, I will do my best to help you find someone who can