Payment and Fees
Professional fees for psychologists can vary depending on the type of service provided. Fees are based on the fee guidelines established by the Psychologists' Association of Alberta (PAA), which are currently $190 per counselling hour (50 minutes). As I do not currently have a machine to take credit card or debit, fees can be paid using cash or cheque, which is due at the conclusion of each counselling session. I also accept e-transfer, which we can set up at our first session with my email address and a password.
Although psychological services are not covered by Alberta Health, many Extended Health Care Plans and employee benefits will cover some or all of the cost of counselling. When payment is made at the end of each session, a receipt will be issued that can be submitted to your insurance company or Extended Health Care provider for reimbursement. At this time, I am set up to do direct billing for Blue Cross and ASEBP, but not for any other Extended Health Companies; this would include clients with the RCMP, the military, or Veterans' Affairs.
Please note that a counselling "hour" is typically 50 minutes long, which was established so that the psychologist has time to take necessary file notes and conduct other necessary services.