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. Book counselling & therapy for yourself today in the best mental health clinic in Canada.

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 (RCC) different from a Registered Psychologist (R. Psych.)?
Both an RCC and an R. Psych. may offer counselling or psychotherapy services, and the quality of these services may be similar. The RCC credential requires a Master’s degree (typically in Counselling but may be in a related field) and experience and training in counseling. The R. Psych. credential in British Columbia requires a doctoral degree in psychology, but a person may be able to become an R. Psych. with a Master’s degree if they were registered in another province first. If an individual is a Registered Psychologist, this means that they have experience and training in both counseling/psychotherapy and assessment. They also typically have training and experience in the diagnosis of mental health and neurodevelopmental conditions. Finally, an R. Psych. has completed several exams required by the BC College of Psychologists to prove their competency and is required to complete continuing education activities each year to maintain this competency.
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). Besides that, if you need more detailed information contact us.

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. In addition to that, 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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