Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect on my first visit?
Upon booking your first session, you will receive a welcome e-mail from me. You will also receive a separate e-mail containing links to secure forms for you to complete prior to your first appointment.

If you have booked a virtual appointment, you will receive a secure link for our session an hour before your appointment. If you have booked an in-person appointment, you will arrive at the Riverwest Therapy Collective where my office is located. You are welcome to take a seat in the waiting area and help yourself to something to drink.

In our appointment, I will guide you through a series of questions to get to know you better and to explore your reasons for accessing therapy. Please share only what you feel comfortable sharing.

During our first session, I also encourage you to ask questions.

What is your approach to therapy?
My foundational approach to therapy is existential.

I see the individual to be in a constant process of becoming who they are. A person has all the knowledge they need to address their challenges, sometimes they just need some help and guidance to access it.

I aim to help a client alleviate or mitigate distress when possible and assist clients to deal with life’s challenges in a more meaningful, fulfilling, authentic, and constructive manner. I aim to help illuminate the way in which each unique individual comes to choose, create, and perpetuate their way of being in the world. In practice, existential therapy explores clients’ here-and-now feelings, thoughts, and dynamic interactions within their relationship to the world and with others.

Existential therapy does not define itself predominantly on the basis of any particular predetermined techniques. I make use of basic skills like empathic reflection, Socratic questioning, and active listening. I also draw on a wide range of techniques derived from other therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused, and person-centred. This allows me to tailor the interventions to the specific needs of the individual client. 

Do you offer direct billing?
I do not offer direct billing at this time.

Do you offer in-person or virtual session?
I offer in-person and virtual sessions to those living in Calgary, AB; and virtual sessions for those living across Canada.

How long are sessions?
Appointments are booked for 60 minutes. Of this time, 50 minutes is direct client time. The remaining time is set aside for rebooking, payment, and notes.

What is the cost of a session?
Each session is $185+gst. Please see the assessment page for cost details related to assessment.

What is your cancellation and no-show policy?
I require 48 hours notice for appointment cancellation. Late cancellations and no-shows pay the full session fee. Future appointments are not held while there is an outstanding balance.

How often should I see you?
Typically, I recommend a session every two to three weeks. Ultimately though, it is your choice.

What happens if I run into you outside the office? Is my privacy protected?
If I see you outside the office, I will wait for you to acknowledge me first. If you do not, that is okay. If you do acknowledge me, I will never disclose how we know each other.

Can you prescribe medications?
No, I cannot prescribe medications. Only physicians can do this.

Who do I contact in an emergency?
In the case of an emergency, please contact the Distress Centre Calgary at 403-266-4357.