Who pays for psychological services? //
Private psychological services are not covered by Alberta Health Services. However, for many people the cost of accessing psychological services can be offset through employee benefits or additional insurance coverage. The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta 2017 recommended fee schedule is $190 per hour for individual, couples, family counselling & assessments, as well as $60 per hour for group sessions. The treatment “hour” is usually 50 minutes allowing 10 minutes from each hour for after-session notes & other services. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, or credit card. At the end of each session, clients are issued a receipt for psychological counselling services that may be used to obtain reimbursement from employee benefits or insurance company.
How many sessions will I need? //
How many sessions you’ll need depends on the presenting concern, complexity, severity & duration, as well as your personal motivation for dealing with presenting concerns. For some issues people can experience significant improvement in only a few sessions. Together, we can work together to estimate how many sessions you’ll require. However, ultimately, it’s your decision as to how many sessions you need, & clients are free to withdraw from services at any point.