Melanie Gemeinhardt, MEd, RCC

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.

Live the life you have imagined.

    Henry David

    Thoreau

My hourly fee for an individual therapy session is $120.00 plus 5%GST for a total of $126.00. My fees are commensurate with the recommendations of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and with my level of training and experience. Any changes to the regular fee must be agreed upon prior to the commencement of therapy. Payment is due at the end of each session unless other arrangements have been made in advance. Payments may be made by cash or cheque. Please note that some extended health benefits cover the cost of therapy provided by a Registered Clinical Counsellor. Please check with your insurance provider or employer about service coverage. The Medical Services Plan does not cover the cost of counselling, however, in some cases, the cost may be claimed as a medical expense. Please check with your accountant.
 
I am a registered counsellor with the Crime Victim Assistance Program. If you are the victim of a crime, including childhood sexual abuse or adult sexual or physical assault, you may be eligible to have your counselling sessions paid for through this program. Please refer to the link provided for further information.
 
I also provide contracted counselling services through the Critical Incident Response Program of Work Safe BC. If you have experienced a traumatic work place incident, you may be eligible to receive critical incident intervention counselling through this program. Please check with your employer or Work Safe BC for further information.

 

Counselling sessions are 60 minutes long, however on occasion we may decide together that a shorter or longer session is preferable. If this is the case, session fees will be pro-rated from the regular hourly fee.



 

 

The longest journey

is the journey inward.

   Dag

   Hammarskjold

 

As my client you are welcome to contact me by telephone for a “check in” or consultation should you feel the need from time to time. If I am not available, I will be happy to return your call as soon as possible. Brief telephone consultations (less that 10 minutes) are free of charge. Telephone consultations longer than 10 minutes will be pro-rated from my regular hourly fee.
 
You are welcome to contact me via email for information or to arrange an appointment. I try to check my email messages at least once every day. Please note that I do not provide counselling via email as I believe that face to face contact is a necessary component of safe and effective therapy. Please note that correspondence via the internet may not be secure and private.
 
Please let me know at least 24 hours in advance if you are unable to make your appointment so that you will not be charged for the session.