Counselling & Therapy

Counselling (which is also referred to as therapy) is a treatment service offered at Compass Clinic.  We have several Registered Clinical Counsellors and some Registered Psychologists who offer this service to support children, youth, adults, couples and families who are experiencing difficulties personally, socially or psychologically.

Our counsellors/psychologist offering counselling draw from their unique education, training and experiences. Many counsellors/psychologists offer counselling from an eclectic/integrated style where they incorporate techniques from different therapeutic approaches. Generally, the first session is a chance for the counsellor/psychologist to collect background information and assess the concerns bringing you to therapy. This initial session may also be the start of developing a plan to support you.

In counselling, the therapeutic relationship developed between the counsellor/psychologist allows for the foundation of the work. Counselling is both an opportunity to talk, reflect and gain awareness, as well as develop practical skills to address concerns.

How do I choose a counsellor?

When searching for a counsellor or psychologist to provide therapy, it’s important to connect with someone who is both a personality fit and has the experience to treat your concerns. Some counsellors and psychologists offer free consultations, which provide an opportunity to ask questions about how they can support you. 

How is a Registered Clinical Counsellor different than a Registered Psychologist or Psychiatrist?

A Registered Clinical Counsellor generally refers to someone with Master’s degree in Counselling or a related field. This professional has training in providing therapy, however they do not assess or diagnose clients. A Registered Psychologist is a professional with training in both assessment and therapy.
Registered Psychologists can diagnose clients with a mental health disorder.

How long does counselling take? And how often do I need to book sessions?

The length of time that someone spends in therapy depends on the concern and their need for support. Some individuals find improvement with short-term therapy (4-6 sessions) whereas other individuals may remain in therapy long-term. The frequency of sessions depends on your needs and availability, however most individuals book sessions on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. As individuals make gains and improvements, they may decide to meet less frequently (e.g., monthly or as needed for booster sessions). 

How much is counselling? Is this service covered through MSP?

At Compass Clinic, the cost of counselling depends on the counsellor/psychologist providing service. Please inquire about rates for specific individuals. The cost of this service is not covered through MSP, but many extended health benefits cover the cost of Registered Clinical Counsellors and Registered Psychologists. Please check with your provider to determine your coverage. At this time, we do not bill insurance companies directly, however a receipt will be issued upon payment, which you can submit for reimbursement.

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