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frequently asked questions

what should I expect at my first therapy appointment?

Initial appointments are 80 minutes long.  Depending on the age of the child, the intake appointment may be a parent-only appointment. The focus of the session will be getting to know you and your child, clarifying the presenting concerns, and identifying treatment goals and a treatment plan. You are encouraged to bring previous psychological assessment or treatment reports, or any other documentation that may help us better understand the young person for whom services are being sought. Young adults 18 years and older do not require a family member to attend the appointment with them.

how many therapy sessions will I need?

The recommended number of therapy sessions will vary depending on the nature of the concerns, goals of treatment, and your own preferences. This will be discussed at your first appointment.

are sessions confidential?

All of the information shared in therapy is kept strictly confidential and is not shared with anyone else (there are some exceptions to this under Alberta law, which will be discussed in your first appointment) . However, it is sometimes beneficial for your health care providers to work together to address your concerns. Written consent must be provided for the sharing of information, and can be arranged as needed. There may be a fee for written letters or treatment summary reports.

do you offer virtual or telepsychology appointments?

Virtual video sessions and telephone sessions are available and have been shown to be just as effective as in-person sessions for the treatment of many concerns. Many clients, especially children and adolescents familiar with the use of technology, find virtual sessions in the comfort of their own home to be convenient and effective. Some clients prefer to do a combination of in-person and virtual appointments, and that is fine as well.  Please note that virtual or telepsychology services are not appropriate in all cases. Depending on the age of the client, the presenting concerns, and other relevant factors, it is sometimes  recommended that sessions take place in person. 

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