What is a Psychologist?
A psychologist is a mental health professional. They know how to help people deal with their feelings and attitudes and develop healthier and more effective patterns of behaviour. Psychologists are trained in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health issues and behavioral disorders.
Why would I see a Psychologist?
The role of a psychologist is to help a person find solutions to the challenges they may be facing. Listed below are some of the reasons why people see a psychologist. If you or someone you care about is experiencing difficulty with issues like any below, consider consulting a psychologist:
- you have difficulty getting along with your partner, family, or coworkers
- you’re having difficulty coping with a major life change
- you feel overwhelmed or “burned-out” by stresses in the workplace
- you have been a victim of abuse or violence
- you have been involved in a traumatic incident, such as a life threatening accident
- you are addicted to alcohol or other drugs, or struggle with other compulsive behaviors
- you chronically feel anxious or depressed, or have occasions of suicidal thoughts
- you suffer from phobias that disrupt the things you’d like to do
- you suspect that you have a learning disability and need an assessment
- you have difficulties with a complicated grief reaction to the loss of a loved one
- you are faced with a career change and need vocational advice and assessment
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the reasons why a person might consult a psychologist. If you feel like you need someone to talk to, either to help sort out your difficulties or to obtain suggestions and support not available from other people in your life, a psychologist may be able to help you.
How much do appointments cost?
The cost per session (50 minutes) is $180 as per the guidelines put out by the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta.
What forms of payment do you take?
Payment can be received in the form of cash, credit, debit, or direct billing.
Do you direct bill?
Yes, I can direct bill many health insurance companies. These include Blue Cross, Green Shield, and the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP). If you are not sure if your health insurance company will accept direct billing you can contact them to ensure you are covered for psychological services, and get the name of someone that the invoices can be sent to, if they are willing to accept direct billing. Then, following each appointment I will invoice the insurance company for the time.
Do you provide counselling for Syrian Refugees?
Yes, Medavie Blue Cross is providing coverage for the cost of appointments for Syrian refugees in order to make counselling services available to those that need it. Please call for more details or to make an appointment.
Do you do Psychoeducational Assessments?
Yes – for individuals 16 and older I can provide psychoeducational assessments, personality assessments, and career assessments. Please contact me for more information.
Is your office accessible?
We are located in an old building, which unfortunately means it is not in alignment with the new accessibility building standards. We have 2 steps at the front door, and no ramp. Once inside the doors, there is an elevator to bring you to our office on the 3rd floor. Our building is accessible for most people who are able to walk with walker/cane/mobility device etc. Due to the inaccessibility for clients who use a wheelchair, I am open to meeting at a location close to my office that is accessible, or to having appointments via telephone, so please give us a call or send us an email and we will do our very best to accommodate your needs. Also feel free to reach out to us if you have further questions.
What is the parking situation like by your office?
There is metered parking directly in front of my building ($3/hour), several impark lots within 1-2 blocks, and free parking within the residential areas approximately 2 blocks from my office. There are bus stops throughout Whyte Ave if you would rather bus and not have to park.
What if I am in crisis?
If you are in crisis, or imminent danger (i.e. considering suicide) you can call the Edmonton 24 hour distress line at 780-482-4357 or 911.