Frequently Asked Questions

Are you accepting new clients?

I am accepting new clients seeking therapy, and therapists seeking supervision/consultation. You are welcome to book a 15-minute consultation for us to assess whether I am the right person to work with you. I also supervise master-level student counsellors who are accepting new clients. Learn more about counselling provided by student counsellors.

Are you offering in-person counselling?

Currently, I am not doing in-person counselling. All sessions are virtual using a secure web application (JaneApp) or by phone. Learn more about how virtual and phone counselling works.

What is your approach to counselling?

My approach to counselling engages people as their whole selves. I attend to what is happening in the room. This includes what is coming up in your thoughts, feelings, and body. It also means paying attention to the quality of our connection as people within our roles as therapist and client. I approach all my work with attention to the social and cultural context. We can explore who you are and where you come from– your personal circumstances, identities, values and experiences and how you have been impacted by experiences of trauma, violence, and oppression. My approach is informed by many theories, philosophies, and modalities:

  • Trauma-informed practice
  • Relational cultural therapy
  • Feminist therapy
  • Queer theory
  • Existential therapy
  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • Harm-reduction
  • Emotion focused therapy (EFT)
  • Attachment theory
  • Focusing
  • Mindfulness
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) Learn more.
  • Psychedelic harm reduction and integration

What do we do in counselling?

Our sessions together will consist mostly of having conversations. In the first session(s), I often guide the conversation by asking a series of questions to get to know you and gain an understanding of what you want to explore in counselling. Together, we will discover what ways of working that resonates with you. For example, some people like to read things and discuss them with me. Some people like to go home after a session with a writing prompt for the next session. Others like to set aside time to practice grounding strategies in session. I will often check in with you to talk about how the process is going for you.

What can I expect at my first appointment?

Going to therapy with someone new for the first time can be intimidating. The first session is about getting to know you and what you hope to get out of the therapy process. You can ask any questions you have about counselling or how I work. You will not be expected to share details of painful past experiences.

How much is your fee?

Please see my current fee schedule.

Do you offer reduced rate or sliding scale counselling?

I am not currently accepting new clients for reduced-rate counselling. However, to make counselling more accessible to people experiencing financial barriers, master-level student counsellors provide lower-cost and sliding-scale counselling. Learn more about sliding scale counselling.