Frequently
Asked Questions

How long are sessions, how often do you need me to attend?

Sessions are 50 minutes long. Initially clients usually  commit to attending therapy on a weekly basis. This allows us the time to explore what the concerns are, and where they come from. We can begin to break down some of the barriers that have been created in your thoughts and beliefs. As we progress through therapy the time between sessions will become longer as you put into practice your new strategies.

We direct bill to a few different insurance companies including Alberta Blue Cross and Great West Life. If you provide us with your insurance company we can let you know whether they allow us to direct bill. They will either cover the entire cost of the session or they will cover a portion of it. If your insurance company does not allow for direct billing we do provide you with a receipt which has all of the information that you need to submit your claim.

You can also use a health spending account to assist with the costs of therapy. Therapy is also a tax deductible expense.

Fees vary depending upon the service you are accessing as well as the level of experience of the psychologist. Our registered psychologists charge $190/session for an individual and $200/session for couples and families. Provisional psychologists, who are completing their requirements to become registered charge $160/hour for individuals, couples and families.

A sliding scale may be considered depending upon individual circumstances. Psychoeducational Assessments range from 1300-1800. The cost of these is dependent upon the assessment tools that are required and the time that it takes to administer and write the report.

The first session of therapy can be a bit anxiety provoking! You can expect to complete paperwork at the beginning of the session. We will review the consent forms and discuss confidentiality and its limits. Then it becomes a fact finding mission. We will ask you questions about your family, your school experiences, your relationship history, your health (physical and emotional), any medications that you are on. What your current coping skills are. Basically, we want to learn as much about you as we can. This allows us to create a treatment plan that is specific to you.  One of the most important things that we do in that first session is to begin to set your goals. This gives us a destination to move towards.  If you are uncertain about what your goals are, that is okay! We will work together in the first few sessions to discover what they might be.

Couples Frequently Asked Questions

Sessions are 50 minutes long. We do have many couples that, after the first 3 or 4 sessions, decide it is more valuable and efficient for them to book a double session which is 100 minutes long. They find they have more time to discuss the issues they are dealing with and move towards resolution. We ask couples to come weekly for the first 3 sessions, after that we can discuss whether weekly or bi-weekly works best.

Couples therapy is not magic.  Usually, couples have been making their negative cycles a habit for quite a while and it takes time to learn new ways of being and connecting with one another. The reparation of recent and historical injuries to the relationship is essential to moving forward and can only occur once you have a new way of addressing one another. The actual time that therapy takes is unique to each couple and their situation.

For some couples the decision to separate becomes the best choice for them. Therapy can provide assistance to make this decision; this can be extremely helpful. Therapy can also help to sort out how to be respectful with one another. This is especially important if there are children involved or if there are complicated financial matters to be sorted out.

The first session is a fact finding mission. We want to learn about your relationship, what works, what doesn’t, do you have children, is it a blended family, what the BIG concerns are, what are the deal breakers, what you like about one another and what your goals are. This generally takes up the first session.

After the first session your therapist may ask each person to come in separately for an individual session. This allows your therapist to get to know each person individually a bit better. They can find out about family of origin, any personal traumas, individual safety and commitment to the relationship. It’s important to note that although these sessions are individual the information is not kept a secret from the other person. What is discussed is a part of couple’s therapy not individual therapy.

We direct bill to a few different insurance companies including Alberta Blue Cross and Great West Life. If you provide us with your insurance company we can let you know whether they allow us to direct bill. They will either cover the entire cost of the session or they will cover a portion of it. If your insurance company does not allow for direct billing we do provide you with a receipt which has all of the information that you need to submit your claim.

You can also use a health spending account to assist with the costs of therapy. Therapy is also a tax deductible expense.

Registered psychologists at Reframed charge $200/session for couples. Provisional psychologists, who are completing their requirements to become registered, charge $160/session.

Any other questions? Please feel free to email us at info@reframedpsychological.ca , or call 780 722-4278 and we can set up a 20 minute free phone consultation.  Ready to get started? Give us a call at 780 722-4278 or email us to book your initial intake appointment.

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