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Getting Started | Free 20-Minute Phone Consultation

I offer a courtesy 15 to 20 minute telephone consultation so that you can determine whether (a.) I am the right fit for you personally, and (b.) whether I can offer therapies and interventions that address your needs. In this 20-minute consult, please be prepared with any questions you have about the therapeutic process, and feel free to give me a low resolution description about the reasons you are seeking help. Book here to schedule your 20 minute telephone consultation.

I look forward to connecting with you!

Fees and Pricing Rationale | BC, Canada 

Couples Therapies

50-Minute Couples Sessions are: $142.50 (before tax), and $149.62 (after tax)

90-Minute Couples Sessions are: $256.50 (before tax), and $270.00 (after tax)
 

45-Minute Partner Sessions are: $128.25 (before tax), and $135.00 (after tax) (Used in Second Session Only).

Pricing Rationale

Average Pricing for Couples Therapy in BC is between $2.72 per minute and $3.50 per minute at an average of $3.11 per minute. For couples, I charge in the lower range of $2.85 per minute. 

About 90-minute Sessions: Standard practice is to conduct 50-minute sessions and spend the remaining 10 minutes on notes. For couples wanting a more indepth experience, I also offer 90-minute sessions, and spend 30 minutes (after each session) logging insights and designing between-session activities tailored to each client’s needs.

 

I offer 90-minute sessions as they are in-depth, memorable, effective for addressing emergent situations, and sufficient for completing structured interventions.

By lengthening sessions to 90-minutes, and massing sessions (bunching them closer together in the first month), I create a more effective schedule of therapy than infrequent and longer enduring schedules (once every two weeks) ongoing.

Visit desktop site, or see below, for Massing and Fading Schedules.  

Individual Therapies

50-Minute Individual Sessions are: $123.50 (before tax) and $129.67 (after tax).

 

90-Minute Individual Sessions are: $222.30 (before tax) and $233.40 (after tax).

Pricing Rationale

Average Pricing for Individual Therapy in BC is between $2.40 per minute and $3.00 per minute, at an average of $2.70 per minute or $162.00 for 60 minutes.

For individuals seeking breakup trauma therapy, I charge in the lower range at $2.47 per minute. 

I offer ninety-minute and fifty-minute in-person sessions of Lifespan Integration Therapy for individuals seeking relief from breakup trauma and/or betrayal trauma. Depending on the depth of the trauma, clients can experience a notable difference in their thoughts and emotions toward the traumatic event in as little as two one hour sessions.

For more on fees, please read the BCACC's 2021 Fee Schedule.

Dr. John Gottman

 

"As a therapist,

it is my job to

make myself

obsolete."

Massing and Fading | 90- Minute Schedules for Couples

Generally speaking, massing therapy at the beginning of treatment, and fading out as symptoms reduce is an effective approach to scheduling treatment. 

Below is an outline for effective frequency using the 90-minute session. The timed structure of the session is different for every couple as everyone brings their own individual concerns to therapy and unfolds their experience at a different pace. The timed structure of the therapy noted below is NOT SET IN STONE, and is intended only as a guideline. Other variables that could affect this schedule include affordability, scheduling conflicts, and each couple's varying need for therapy such as each partner's need for trauma therapy alongside couples counselling. On that note, for some, treatment will be significantly shorter than for others.

First Week | Assessment Begins

Session One (Assessment)

5 minutes: Welcome: Informed Consent/Policy Review 

15 minutes: Couple’s Narrative

50 minutes: Oral History Interview 

15 minutes: Conflict Sample 

5 minutes: Closing/Check In

Post Therapy Email: Includes Observations and Direction for Between-Session Interventions. 

Session Two (Assessment)

(Two 45-minute sessions with each partner) 

45 minute: Individual Narrative with Partner 1

45 minute: Individual Narrative with Partner 2

Between Sessions One and Two: Gottman Checkup- an online assessment tool.

Post Therapy Email: Includes Observations and Direction for Between-Session Interventions. 

Second Week | Assessment and Treatment Begins

Session Three (Assessment and Treatment)

10 minutes: Check in about emergent issues

30 minutes: Gottman Checkup and Treatment Outline

50 minutes: Intervention

Post Therapy Email: Includes Observations and Direction for Between-Session Interventions. 

Session Four (Treatment)

10 minutes: Check in about emergent issues

75 minutes: Intervention

5 minutes: Closing/Check In

Post Therapy Email: Includes Observations and Direction for Between-Session Interventions. 

Third Week | Treatment

Session Five (Treatment)

10 minutes: Check in about emergent issues

75 minutes: Intervention

5 minutes: Closing/Check In

Post Therapy Email: Includes Observations and Direction for Between-Session Interventions. 

Session Six (Treatment)

10 minutes: Check in about emergent issues

75 minutes: Intervention

5 minutes: Closing/Check In

Post Therapy Email: Includes Observations and Direction for Between-Session Interventions. 

Once Weekly | Termination and Outcome Evaluation

Onward Until Termination (Duration Depends on Need)

10 minutes: Check in about emergent issues

75 minutes: Intervention

5 minutes: Closing/Check In

Post Therapy Email: Includes Observations and Direction for Between-Session Interventions. 

Four Outcome Evaluations (Spaced Over Four Months) 

20 minutes: Check in about emergent issues

65 minutes: Intervention

5 minutes: Closing/Check In

Post Therapy Email: Includes Observations and Direction for Between-Session Interventions. 

Therapy Ends

For general information on guidelines for massing in the Gottman Method, see the following PDF here. Note: the schedule outlined in the PDF is for a blend of 90 minute and 60 minute sessions, whereas I have adapted the schedule for 90-minute sessions. 

You can also read Vagdevi Meunier's, Psy.D, article on different lengths of therapy to consider which options would best serve you. Read her article: here. 

Cancellation and Accountability Policy

This policy is intended to prevent inconsistency and assure a timely schedule of practice. The cancellation fee deters cancellations, no-shows, encourages accountability, and compensates for the following: 

  • The time slot that was cancelled won’t be given to another client.

  • The time slot that was cancelled prevents alternate arrangements/plans by the therapist.

  • Cancellations leave the therapist with an unpredictable income. 

Those who have been prevented from attending a session due to illness or an emergency situation are always given exception. Please be honest about your reasons for cancelling therapy.

All cancellations must be made through email to Sarah at: sarah@turntowardstherapy.com or through text to Sarah at (250) 808-9679.

 

  • First time cancellations get a free pass and are reminded of the cancellation policy.

  • Cancellations made within 48 hours of the session date/time are charged: $50.00. 

  • Cancellations made within 24 hours of the session date/time are charged: Half of the session fee. 

  • Cancellations made within 12 hours of the session date/time are charged: The full session fee. 

  • No shows are charged: The full session fee

 

Definitions:

No Show- when a client does not show up to the scheduled appointment and does NOT notify the therapist. 

Cancellation- when the client is unable to make an appointment but notifies the therapist.

Rescheduling- when a client is unable to make an appointment and they cancel to reschedule. Rescheduling a cancelled appointment does NOT negate the cancellation fee.

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Payment Options and Insurance Coverage:

I accept the following payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Interac, Cash and Cheques. Payment must occur before each session. Payment can be done through the booking app (Stripe) or before the session with cash or cheque.

 

I do direct billing through Green Shield and SSQ Financial

I am Registered through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). 

Insurance #: CCPA-00078157-001

Registration # (CCC): 11242347

Registration # (RCC): 20873

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