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What is the cost for psychological services?

The current fee as of July 1st 2021 for psychological services as per the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS) is $210.00 per 50-min clinical hour due at the time of service. No tax. Currently I accept major credit card, (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) and e-transfers.  You will receive a receipt at the time of payment for your records. Direct billing is available for some private health insurance.

How do I know if you are the right psychologist for me?

To determine if I am the right psychologist for you will involve a number of factors. In my opinion the most important factor, the client therapist relationship. As a result, I often recommend that clients speak with me first to determine fit. I encourage you to ask questions about my availability, my experience in addressing your concern, treatment approaches, privacy sharing, and whatever else is important to you to make an informed decision. To do this, I offer a no cost 30min telephone consultation prior to booking an appointment. During this consultation I will ask briefly what your concern is, to make sure it is something I can address, and then we can discuss your questions.

How long will counselling take?

The duration of counselling is different for each client. It will depend on your motivation, your goals of therapy and the complexity of the problem. A treatment plan will be discussed after the first 1-2 sessions, depending on how much time is needed to learn about you.

Are psychological services paid by Provincial Health Care?

Unfortunately, Provincial Health Care (MSI) does not cover fees charged by private practice psychologist's in Nova Scotia or in any other province in Canada. Most private insurance or extended Health Insurance plans, such as those carried by several employers, provide at least partial coverage for psychologist fees. Since coverage varies among insurers, I encourage you to contact your insurance company prior to your appointment and let them know I am a Registered Psychologist. Psychological services are a tax-deductible medical expense, so hold on to your receipts.

What are the differences between a psychiatrist, and a psychologist?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has specialized in mental health. In Canada most psychiatrist’s diagnosis and prescribe medication. A psychologist is specifically educated in how people think, feel and behave. In Canada, Registered Psychologist’s have a minimum of a master’s degree, specialized training in their area of practice, supervised practice hours, and completion of exams related to ethics and competency prior to obtaining their provincial license.

Do I need a referral from a physician?

No, however check with your insurance company as they might require one. On occasion I have heard of this requirement from insurance companies.