Building Strength Counselling & Education
Achieve Your Goals
Chasidy Karpiuk, MA, RCC, CAP
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Since 2000, I’ve helped my clients break through the obstacles that seem to be holding them back in life. Life's too short to be unhappy, unsure, or unfulfilled. Let me help you learn and develop better ways to handle the issues that are standing in the way of your goals. Get in touch today to see what I can do for you.
Chasidy Answers Your Frequently Asked Questions
Is everything I say confidential?
Everything said in sessions is confidential with the following three exceptions:
I am required to notify the appropriate authorities in cases where I learn about child abuse.
I am required to notify the appropriate authorities if a client makes serious, credible threats to harm themselves or any other person.
The courts can subpoena information from me in certain legal situations. If any of these three situations were to occur, I would discuss the need to break confidentiality with you, if possible, before doing so.
What are your fees?
Thank you for your enquiry regarding counselling services.
I have a sliding scale for services depending on the ways that session fees may be covered. Fees may be paid privately (i.e., Private), through employers for supervision/consultation, through agencies, through government programs (for example, Crime Victim Assistance Program), through Employee Assistance Programs (for example, Ceridian Lifeworks, Wilson Banwell, Humanicare) and/or through insurance companies (for example, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia).
The cost of counselling varies depending on whether or not you have insurance and the type of insurance you have. Always call your Human Resources and ask if you have an Employee Assistance Program. If so, ask if it covers a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), how much it covers per year, if it is a calendar year or fiscal year, and what the maximum is that they cover per session. This will give you a good idea of your coverage (also see Six Important Questions to Ask Your Insurance Company Before Attending Counselling Sessions, which is at the end of the Frequently Asked Questions section).
Initial Private appointments with Chasidy are 75 minutes and cost $225. Chasidy will send forms to complete prior to the first session. This information helps her to understand you as a unique person and helps to inform treatment (it also saves time and money). Subsequent appointments are 50 minutes and are $150. There are a limited number of sliding scale spots held for people requiring financial assistance (i.e., sliding scale).
The way the sliding scale works is that you determine what it is that you can afford and you slide it as your circumstances change. The rate is decided at the first counselling session when, after hearing more of your story and needs, I can give you more of an idea about the frequency of visits that you may require. From there, you will be able to determine an amount that can work within your means at this time.
Counselling begins at the first meeting. Payment happens at the end of each session (except in the case of e-transfers which need to be sent prior to the session).
If cost or location does not work for you, then I might be able to help by referring you to another counsellor in another location or at a different fee scale.
Appointments can be paid by cash or e-transfer (previous to the appointment). In some cases a sliding fee may be available.
I hope that this is helpful and answers your questions. Feel free to call or email me if you have any further questions or need any further information at 604-377.8175 and/or email@example.com
Please note: The cancellation policy requires that 48 hours notice is required to change appointments otherwise the full rate of the session will be charged.
What is your theoretical orientation?
Integrative/holistic therapy.I draw on elements from the humanistic (Rogers, Adler), cognitive/behavioral and psychodynamic (Jung) schools of thought depending on the situation and client(s) that I am dealing with.
What professional associations do you belong to?
I am registered with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.I adhere to codes of ethics of my professional association and carry full professional liability insurance through Aon Reed Stenhouse.
What are your fees for distance counselling through the Distance Support Program?
The rates are $40 Canadian per 15 minute period rounded up to the nearest 15 minute period or $160 per hour. Sliding scale is available.
Do your fees slide?
Yes. The cost of counselling varies depending on whether or not you have insurance and the type of insurance you have. Always call your Human Resources and ask if you have an Employee Assistance Program. If so, ask if it covers a Registered Clinical Counsellor, how much it covers per year, if it is a calendar year or fiscal year, and what the maximum is that they cover per session. This will give you a good idea of your coverage (also see Six Important Questions to Ask Your Insurance Company Before Attending Counselling Sessions, which is at the end of the Frequently Asked Questions section). On my private practice caseload a limited number of spaces are available as eligible for sliding scale.
How does your sliding scale work?
There are a limited number of sliding scale spots held on the caseload for people requiring financial assistance. It is important to check for availability.
The way the sliding scale works is that you determine what it is that you can afford at the time and you slide it as your circumstances change. The rate is decided at the first counselling session when, after hearing more of your story and needs, you will receive more of an idea about the frequency of visits that you may require. From there, you will be able to determine an amount that can work within your means at any given time.
If cost or location does not work for you, you can be referred to another counsellor in another location or at a different fee scale.
What insurance information do I need?
There are 6 important questions to ask your insurance company before attending counselling.
In Canada, if you are covered by extended health insurance at work you may be eligible for some coverage of counselling sessions.
Before you come for counselling, call your insurance provider (e.g., Great West Life, Blue Cross) and ask the following questions to ensure eligibility:
1. Do you cover a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)?
Most insurances cover counsellors from a variety of professions (social work, psychology, art therapy, expressive therapies); however, some only cover Registered Clinical Counsellors and some cover only psychologists. Chasidy is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). Check your plan to confirm that they cover this profession.
Would you make an exception? If your company does not cover registered clinical counsellors, you may consider writing to ask the company if they would make an exception.
2. How much am I covered for?
Ask the amount of money which you are covered for.
3. What is the maximum amount paid per session for the therapist?
Insurance companies often pay counsellors below the counsellors private practice rate for therapy services. It is important that you know what the insurance company maximum is and what the counsellor’s private practice fee is.
4. Are there any deductibles?
Ask for information about any deductibles that your insurance company might charge you if you utilize the money allotted for counselling coverage.
5. Is the coverage for a calendar year or a fiscal year?
Some insurance companies give a set amount of money that you can use in a year for counselling. It is important to know if they base this on a calendar year (beginning in January-December) or a fiscal year (beginning in April to May). Depending on when you need to begin your counselling, this question can make a big difference in the amount of coverage available to you.
6. Does my counsellor bill the insurance company directly or do I pay up front and then get reimbursed?
This is a very important question to ask. If the counsellor is able to bill the insurance company directly, ensure that you obtain all of the billing information before sessions begin, that is, the name, address and phone number of the company which the counsellor will send invoices to.
“Happiness, not in another place but this place, not for another hour but this hour”