Frequently Asked Questions about Psychological Services in Chilliwack
We have found that many of our clients, especially in the early stages of treatment have questions and concerns about what to expect during a course of treatment. For that reason we have collected some of the questions we hear most often here on this page and provided answers. If you have a question that is not addressed here, or if you would like to schedule an appointment at our office, please contact us.
1. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I FIRST MEET MY THERAPIST OR ASSESSMENT SPECIALIST?
2. IS THE PROCESS OF ASSESSING CHILDREN COMFORTABLE FOR THE CHILD?
3. HOW LONG IS A TREATMENT SESSION AND WHAT ARE THE FEES?
5. WHAT IS THE POLICY FOR CANCELLING APPOINTMENTS?
6. WHEN CAN I ARRANGE TO SEE A PSYCHOLOGIST, clinical counsellors and clinical assessors?
7. DO YOU CONNECT TO OTHER PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE PROVIDING HELP?
What happens when I first meet my therapist or assessment specialist?
The initial meeting with your assessment specialist will lead to clarification about the assessment process including information about history taking, the tests being used and expectations during test administration. As well, the value of the test results in treatment or for assisting in other decisions affecting your life in the future will be explained before testing is started.
Is the process of assessing children comfortable for the child?
How long is a treatment session and what are the fees?
A treatment session is 50 minutes in length. This time frame is used to provide ten minutes to allow your therapist to consider the information discussed during the session, make notes and plan the next session. Sometimes, when the issues are complex or there is urgency to find solutions two sessions will be scheduled back to back which translates into 100 minutes of treatment. Group treatment sessions typically run between two and three hours depending on the issues under consideration and the composition of the group.
The cost of individual treatment is depends on the practitioner you choose to see. Psychological assessment fees also vary depending on complexity. Please call the office to request information on fees. Psychologists, clinical counsellors and clinical assessors are not covered by the medical services plan and for private patients the process is like the dental system. That is, you are responsible for the costs of treatment. However, you can receive assistance through extended health care programs if the coverage includes psychologists, clinical counsellors and clinical assessors. For referrals for certain groups of people, (RCMP, Canadian Forces, Veteran’s Affairs, ICBC, Work BC) billing is made directly to the organization.
Is the fee tax deductible?
The services by a Registered Psychologist are tax deductible.