Being in [Julie’s] office feels like a relief, like it is my private time and space to let
go and really explore myself. It’s a safe comfortable space.
Please click the question to find the answer to some questions Julie is frequently asked. Can’t find an answer to your question? Please feel free to contact Julie with your question.
Do I need a referral to see you?
A referral is not needed to book an appointment although some insurance companies may need a referral from your doctor.
Will my insurance company cover the session?
Some insurance companies cover sessions with counsellors and some only cover psychologists. Please check your insurance company to be sure.
What is the difference between a counsellor, psychologist, and psychiatrist?
Basically the difference comes down to how long each went to school and thus differs in their ability to help clients with their mental health concerns. A psychiatrist has a medical degree who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental illness using medication and is covered by Manitoba Health; a psychologist has a doctorate in psychology who is able to diagnose and assist clients with therapy and is covered by insurance companies; and a counsellor is a master-level trained therapist in psychology or a similar discipline, who is not able to diagnose or prescribe medication, but does assist clients in managing mental health through therapy.
How much does counselling cost?
Counselling with Julie costs $170/hour plus 5% GST. She accepts cash, debit, or etransfers. Credit cards are also an option, however, a 2.65% service fee is applicable.
Is counselling confidential?
Absolutely! What happens in the office, stays in the office. Although confidentiality does have limits:
- if a client is suicidal and a safety plan is not enough, the therapist may need to reach out to the emergency contact in order to keep the client safe;
- if a client is homicidal and a safety plan is not enough, the therapist may need to reach out to the police to keep others safe;
- if a child is in need of protection, a therapist may need to reach out to CFS; or
- if the court has requested documentation of our session, a therapist is legally bound to provide them with notes.
In order to respect our confidential relationship outside of the office, if Julie happens to see a client in public, it is up to them to say hello or not and she will respond accordingly
How do I book an appointment?
Please visit the contact page to contact Julie. You may contact Julie by email or by phone. All methods are confidential and Julie will get back to you about setting a day and time that’s best.
Are evening and weekend appointments available?
Yes! Evening appointments are available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Please contact Julie about availability.
How long does therapy take?
Talk therapy can take months or several years depending on the individual and their situation. EMDR can take as little as half a dozen sessions or upwards of a few years depending on the individual and their situation. Generally, if following the protocol, EMDR cuts therapy time in half.
What should I expect at the first appointment
The first appointment is usually nerve-wracking for most people because you are going to a new place with the expectation of sharing very intimate aspects of yourself with a person you just met. In addition to talking about the issue that prompted you to seek help, the main goal is to determine if you feel comfortable with Julie and confident that she can help you with your problem.
What should I bring to the first session?
Once you arrive at the office, there is paperwork to fill out which takes 5-10 minutes, or you can print it off to fill out at home and bring it with you:
Some people also like to jot down ideas that will paint a picture of their life: their top 10 best and worst life events, the people in their life that support them, and activities they do that make them feel better.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
Life happens! Clients receive notification of their sessions, 3 days in advance via email and 24 hours in advance via text, to make sure their appointment still works for their schedule. If it doesn’t, he or she will email, text, or call to reschedule and there is no charge. If however, a client does not provide 24 hours notice, they are responsible for the session fee in full before they reschedule, except when due to an emergency.