The term psychotherapy is used to identify mental health treatment using psychological approaches rather than medical approaches. Medical approaches are those using medications.
Psychotherapy is a general term. As such psychologists, social workers, addictions counsellors, occupational therapists, etc. may all utilize the term psychotherapy to describe some or all of what they do. Psychological approaches may be: educational; behavioral; involve different types of modalities such as talk, music, art, play, dance; or more mindfulness styles such as meditation or yoga. There are many psycho-therapeutic styles such as humanist, rogerian, structural, solution focused, etc. Regardless of the approach used, psychotherapy refers to non-medical interventions that aim to change the way a person thinks, feels, or behaves.
The Canadian Certified Counsellor certification is a national service that identifies to the public those counsellors who The Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) recognizes as qualified to provide counselling services in Canada. Obtaining the status of Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) includes recognition of standards of professional preparation, continuing education, and a formal code of ethics. As a non-statutory self-regulating body, CCPA provides advice and discipline for members on matters of professional conduct.
Some insurers will fully or partially reimburse the services of a Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT/RCT-C) and some do not. Please check with your insurance provider to see if you are covered specifically for a Registered Counselling Therapist.
I am an approved provider through:
- Green Shield
- Manulife Financial
- Medavie Blue Cross
- Great West Life
- Sun Life Financial
- Cabot Links
- First Nations and Inuit Health
- Non-Insured Health Benefit (NIHB) Program
- Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program (IRS RHSP)
- Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)
- Interim Federal Health Program Providing Services to Newcomers
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – Local 625
- Manulife Financial Employees
- Nova Scotia Community College Academic Union
- Public Service Commission of Nova Scotia
- Shaw Group
- Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) – Program of Choice – 12 (POC-12)
- Workers Compensation Board
After you’ve expressed an interest in working with me, I will send you a detailed questionnaire to fill out about your health history, goals, food preferences, etc. This questionnaire will take about 30 – 60 minutes to complete. I will also ask that you keep a food journal for one week’s time and will provide you with a template via email.
We will meet as often as you’d like for 45-minute sessions to discuss what’s working and/or where you need more support. These sessions are designed to track progress, maintain motivation, and encourage accountability.
I am located at The Cabot House at 500 Kings Road in Suite 214 on the second floor. I have a very welcoming, warm and safe environment to talk about all your mental health and wellness needs. Currently, I am not in the office due to COVID-19, but still accepting video conferencing and telephone sessions.
You can no longer book online with me, but you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 902-539-1122 to inquire about booking an appointment.
While Wilson Counselling is not open in the evenings and weekends at this time, there is another counsellor (O’Brien Counselling) in the same office who you can contact for availability.
Of course. I recognize that I’m a total stranger and that sharing your innermost thoughts can be scary and overwhelming. I will be sure to follow whatever pace you’d like, whether this involves spending five sessions just getting to know one another or discussing your concerns right off the bat. I take being non-judgmental, compassionate, and genuine very seriously, and will be sure to be transparent with you about the therapy process so you know what to expect. Note that you are also welcome to bring a significant other, friend, or family with you at first if you feel this would be helpful for you.
I no longer provide a sliding scale fee, but I run a non-profit organization where you can find low to no fee counselling services.
Please visit http://www.thoughtfulchanges.org for more information and eligibility.
Yes. Please let me know if you cannot make an appointment 24 hours in advance to avoid a first-time cancellation charge of $50. After your first-time charge, you’ll be charged the full session fee for future sessions that are not cancelled within the 24-hour window.
I understand that there are emergencies and your discretion.
Our office maybe closed when schools are closed due to winter storms. Please call our office (902-539-1122) after 8am as there will be a recording if the office is closed. If your session is booked that day you can either re-book online or I will call you to re-book your session.