COUNSELLING FEES

Private practitioners are free to set their own rates, based on their education & experience; however the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) sets guidelines for fees.

  • Individual therapy session fee is $100 per 60 minutes+GST

  • Couple therapy session fee is $120 per 60minutes+GST

     

PAYMENT TERMS AND METHODS

  • Counselling fees are due at the end of each session. Payment may be made by credit, debit, cash or personal check.

     

ARE MY FEES COVERED?

Partial or full coverage of counselling services is possible:

Extended Health Plan

You need to ask your provider for details. Ask them if they will cover the services of a Registered Clinical Counsellor, and for the annual coverage ceiling.

Typically, counselling services need to be paid at the time of the session, and the receipt submitted for reimbursement.

Insurance – short or long term disability

If your insurance company, lawyer or employer has directly requested the counselling, they may be willing to pay for the services. In this case, they will be billed directly for the services. It is up to you to establish who will be paying for your counselling, before your first appointment.

 

Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) / Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Check the exact provisions of your program. Some EFAPs/EAPs employ their own counsellors and will refer you to one of them. Others allow you to select your own counsellor and submit receipts to them for reimbursement.

 

Crime Victim Assistance Program

If you are a victim of a crime, you can apply to the BC Crime Victim Assistance Programfor assistance for needed services including counselling. CVAP provides some coverage for counselling services for approved claimants.

 

Personal Injury Claimants

If your counselling needs are in connection with a motor vehicle collision or other personal injury, and you have retained the services of a lawyer, you may be able to defer payment for counselling services until your claim is settled.

This can be done by your signing a legally binding document called a Direction to Pay, which directs your lawyer to pay counselling fees in full immediately upon settlement of your claim.