How do I schedule an appointment?

You can schedule an appointment by emailing (insert email addresss) or contacting the office at (204) 727-7825.

Please note that emails and voicemails are not a form of emergency support. If you are experiencing a crisis, go to your nearest Emergency Room, contact your local Physician or call the Mobile Crisis Line at (204) 725-4411 or 1-888-379-7699.

What are your hours of operation?

Office hours include daytime and evening appointments. I know life is busy and full of many commitments. I will work with you to find a time that fits your needs and lifestyle.

What is the cost of a session?

If you have private insurance coverage, rates may be adjusted.

Please contact us for individual and 4-session package pricing options.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept payment in the form of cash, cheque, debit or credit.

Payment is on a per-session basis whereas your 1-hour session rate is due after each session is complete. Coverage is available upon submission to your Insurance company and is subject to the terms of your individual or organizational coverage. Submission forms are provided after each completed session.

What can I expect during our initial session?

Counselling/Coaching starts by booking your initial session. This initial session is commonly called an “assessment” or “intake” session. During the intital appointment we will discuss the following:

  • What can be expected from our sessions in terms of confidentiality and scheduling.
  • Your previous experiences in counselling or health coaching including what worked and didn’t work for you.
  • A thorough exploration of your current challenges, thoughts, and feelings and how they impact your day-to-day life.
  • We will identify your goals and strengths.
  • Any questions or concerns you might have about the process.

Will my insurance or extended health benefits cover counselling?

Health benefit providers differ significantly from company to company and even plan to plan. I will assist you to inquire if your coverage includes counselling with me. If your plan does not provide coverage specific to counselling sessions, many plans offer a health spending account that may assist in covering costs.

What are your qualifications and credentials?

I possess a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Regina and I am a registered member of the Manitoba College of Social Workers and the Canadian Association of Social Workers.

Over the past 13 years, I have supported youth and adults in various environments. I have held positions in health care, community and inpatient mental health, education and child welfare. Case management, individual counselling, family counselling and group facilitation have been a large component of each of my roles.

I have participated in many educational opportunities to learn about new programs and treatment methods. I have also participated in the development and implementation of various programs including a family therapy program, a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) support group and team, addictions counselling and harm reduction strategies for adults and at risk youth, and the facilitation of several support groups in the areas of both mental health and chronic illness.

Recently I have been attending a certificate program in Health Coaching at York University and I am excited to add Health Coach to my qualifications.

How often should I attend counselling/coaching sessions?

Because everyone has different preferences and factors to consider when deciding how often to meet with a counsellor, there is no set or “right” answer to this question. Most people will meet with me on a weekly or biweekly basis. We will decide on the frequency of sessions based on your individual needs, finances, and other commitments.

What is Therapy?

Therapy is a process designed to produced long term changes in your life. Through regular support, therapy can help you acquire the skills to find peace, understanding and develop a sense of empowerment to make the necessary changes to live a healthy life. Through our sessions we will explore a variety of therapies that may help you to achieve your well-being and personal goals.

Therapy may seem like a large investment of time and finances, but remember that it is an investment in your health. It is easy to forget that you and your health are important and require regular care and attention. Remember that the way you live your life largely determines the level of health with which you get to experience your life.

What is Health Coaching?

Imagine you are a person ready to change your life…

A Health Coach works with you to identify goals and develop the knowledge and skills required to change behaviors that may be preventing you from living a healthy life. A health coach works with the client to identify goals in all areas of life including over all health and wellness, nutrition, physical activity, and management of chronic illness. The ultimate goal is to identify roadblocks to change, increase motivation and help empower the client to reach optimum health and wellness. Together we will identify specific goals for change and develop an action plan that will help you find success.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a  short-term, problem oriented form of psychotherapy that primarily focuses on the present and future rather than the past . It helps people to develop skills and strategies for becoming and staying healthy.  CBT focuses on the here-and now and problems that come up in day-to-day life. In CBT, clients learn to identify, question and change the thoughts, attitudes and beliefs related to emotional and behavioural reactions that may be contributing to their current struggles.

Learning to be present and aware of thoughts during upsetting situations can help to understand the connection between how they think and the experience of emotional problems such as depression and anxiety. CBT can help to reduce emotional difficulties by teaching clients to identify distortions in their thinking, see thoughts as ideas rather than as facts and encourage clients to consider situations from different viewpoints.

What is Dialectical Behavioural Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) combines the basic strategies of behavior therapy with Eastern mindfulness practices.  The term “dialectics” is used to encourage a focus on the balance between validation and acceptance of individuals as they are, while also supporting change.  DBT focuses on 4 main areas that tend to create problems, including confusion about self, impulsivity, emotional instability and interpersonal problems.  Skills are taught in the areas of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation and distress tolerance (Linehan, 2015).