Psychological services are billed at $170.00 per therapy hour (50 minute session) as per the guidelines set forward by the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick. Please be aware that private psychotherapy and assessment services are not covered under Medicare. Many supplementary healthcare plans pay all or a portion of the costs of seeing a Psychologist. Talk to your insurance carrier or employer to see if you are eligible. I accept payment by cash, cheque or etransfer.
What is psychotherapy and how can it help me?
Psychotherapy is the treatment of emotional, behavioral, personality, and psychiatric disorders based primarily on verbal or nonverbal communication and interventions with the client, in contrast to treatments using chemical and physical measures. Simply put, psychotherapy aims to alleviate psychological distress through talking, rather than drugs.
Some people refer to psychotherapy as "talking treatment" because it is generally based on talking to the therapist. Some forms of psychotherapy also used other forms of communication, including writing, artwork, drama, narrative story or music. Sessions take place within a structured encounter between a qualified therapist and a client or clients.
How long does psychological treatment usually take?
Most psychologists will tell you that the length of treatment depends upon the nature of the problem, the severity of the problem and the treatment goals selected. Be aware that it can take a long time just to tell your story, even if you feel highly motivated to do so. Generally speaking, you should see some improvement within 8-10 sessions and most courses of therapy do not last longer than one year.
How often are psychotherapy appointments scheduled?
Sessions are usually scheduled monthly depending on my availability and the severity of your symptoms.
Is the information I provide confidential?
Information contained in a psychologist’s files is not released without your informed written consent except in circumstances where they are ethically and legally required to disclose information to others without your consent.
In certain exceptional circumstances, psychologists are ethically and legally required to disclose information to others without your consent. These circumstances include court order, suspicion of child abuse, and instances where the client poses an imminent threat of injury to themselves or others. In circumstances where a client poses an imminent threat to himself/herself or others, the psychologist will act to protect the person(s) in danger by informing the police, medical or other clinical personnel.
If services are being paid for by a third party, there may also be requirements to share information with this party.
Special Considerations for Children and Adolescents In New Brunswick, any person under the age of 16 is considered a minor. The competence of minors to provide informed consent to services is not assumed and parental or guardian approval is often needed. The legal guardian in such cases has a right to know all aspects about those services. However, as children grow more able to understand and choose, they assume legal rights. An individual may be considered a mature minor if it is judged that they can understand and appreciate the nature and consequences of their decision and its alternatives. In such cases, the details in things they discuss may be treated as confidential. However, parents or guardians do have the right to general information, including how therapy is going.
What age range do you see?
I have experience working with clients as young as 5 years old and their families. I also enjoy working with adolescents and adults. For more information about the services I provide click here.
What's the difference between a Psychologist and a Counsellor?
The title Psychologist in New Brunswick is strictly limited to: Individuals who are licensed with the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick (CPNB), the regulatory body responsible for administering The College of Psychologists Act. In order to issue a license CPNB must ascertain that a person is qualified to engage in the practice of psychology. Licensing requirements include educational ascertainments, extensive supervised experience, oral and written examinations. A Psychologist practicing in the Province of New Brunswick is trained to assess and diagnose problems in thinking, feeling, and behaving and help people overcome or manage these problems.
Do you accept insurance from my employer? Most employee benefit packages include an allotment for psychological services that are provided by a Licensed Psychologist. With the exception of Blue Cross (which can be direct billed), clients are required to pay for the service at the end of their appointment and are provided with a receipt that can be taken to the insurer and reimbursed. I accept cheques, cash and e-transfers. Please check with your plan to see how many sessions are covered.
How long will I have to wait for my first appointment? Since Amy is only able to see clients one evening per week, it usually takes 2-3 months to get in for the first appointment. During certain times of the year, she is unable to accept new referrals. Please call or email to inquire about wait time and availability.