Common Questions

What are your fees?

$110 per 50-minute session for individuals or couples

$80 per 50-minute session for students

$20 per 80-minute session of group therapy

 

I offer a free 15-minute introductory consultation to allow you to meet me in person, to ask questions about the therapy process, and to get a sense of your potential "road map". This consultation gives you a chance to decide if I would be a good fit for your needs. 

Do any extended healthcare plans cover these costs?

Yes. Please check with your insurance to see if they reimburse any of the cost of therapy with a Registered Clinical Social Worker or a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I am happy to assist in the process if necessary.

What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept cash, cheques and Paypal.

 

I write receipts upon payment at the close of each session. If you pay by Paypal, then you will automatically receive an email receipt. We will discuss your form of payment in the first session. 

How many sessions will I need? How often should I come in?

This varies from person to person. There are a number of factors going into this decision and it is a shared decision. I often recommend starting with weekly sessions. This allows you to get used to therapy and is a decent amount of time to let new concepts and feelings bubble inside you between sessions. Some clients continue on with weekly sessions while others choose to slow down to every other week. During times of crisis, I often recommend coming in twice a week until the crisis has settled down. 

 

Once you have been in therapy with me, I always keep my door open. So, when you have something new pop up in life, you are welcome to come back for a session now and then or resume therapy at any time.

What type of therapy do you use? (Do I have to lie down on a couch?)

I have studied and worked with a number of theories and techniques making it impossible for me precisely define my style. But, I consider myself to be rooted in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory. Basically, I consider the relationships you had with your primary care providers (usually mother and father) to be the "blue print" for lessons on how you relate to others as an adult. 

 

No. That is a technique used in psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis involves the therapist sitting in a chair listening while the client lies on a couch and cannot see the analyist's face. Often clients come daily for therapy for several years. If you are interested in psychoanalysis, I can refer you to a therapist that works in this style.

What are the benefits of seeing a therapist in private practice?

Clients can find excellent therapy in both private practice and public care. However, private practice provides a level of individualized care, privacy, continuity of care, and flexibility that often surpasses public care.

What is the difference between a social worker and a (psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist etc).?

I wrote a blog post on this topic because I get asked this question frequently. You can read my answer here.

Hannah Caradonna

MSW RCSW RCC

Origins Counselling

1105 Pandora Ave, Suite 420

Victoria, BC V8V 3P9

email@victoriapsychotherapy.com

www.victoriapsychotherapy.com

(250) 588-9500

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