What is Clinical Counselling?
According to the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), “Clinical Counselling” means the assessment, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of behavioural, cognitive, social, mental or emotional issues, problems or disorders, and the use of Clinical Counselling values, principles and treatment methods, including psychotherapy (1), to help individual, couple, family, and group clients understand, cope with and resolve their situation, in order to:
- Enhance personal, couple, family, group, organizational or community growth and
- Promote healthy interpersonal relationships;
- Encourage self growth;
- Sustain mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.
(1)“Psychotherapy” means the treatment, by psychological means, of problems of an emotional nature in which a trained person deliberately establishes a professional relationship with the client with the object of removing, modifying or retarding existing symptoms, mediating disturbed patterns of behaviour, and promoting positive personality growth and development.
What To Expect
When you meet with Meagan Hamilton or Katy Brookes at Evoke Wellness Centre you can expect to be treated in a professional, warm, and non- judgmental way. With care and compassion, you will be guided through the process and consulted along the way about your treatment and individual goals in therapy.
Meagan Hamilton: “My personal approach is characterized by sincerity and respect and I am very passionate about the counselling profession as well as my community. I strive to help clients effectively address challenges and struggles that they are facing. I offer a personalized approach in working with each unique client that focuses on fostering resiliency and developing growth. I deeply respect and value clients determination to work towards change and admire the courage that one must possess to begin therapy and initiate personal enrichment.”
For more information please visit Meagan Hamilton’s website at:
Katy Brookes: “I meet every client that comes for counselling services with warm, positive regard. I listen to your story with an ear not only for what is not working in your life, but also for the strengths you already possess which have enabled you to come as far as you have. Together, we will work to further develop and balance your existing abilities, while exploring and practicing new, evidence-based skills that can help you move forward and gain satisfaction in your life pursuits and relationships.”
For more information please visit Katy Johnson Brookes website at:
- Common Conditions Treated
- Adolescent / youth counselling
- Alcohol & drug counselling
- Anger management issues
- Bereavement / grief & loss counselling
- Chronic pain / health counselling
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Crime victim assistance program (CVAP)
- Disordered eating
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Humanistic counselling
- Individual counselling
- Life coaching & life transitions
- Mindfulness & relaxation techniques
- Parenting challenges
- Parent & teen conflict resolution
- Person centered therapy
- Relationship counselling
- Self-esteem issues
- Stress & burnout
- Transitioning to parenting
- Weight management/body image issues
Fees are in accordance with the BCACC’s recommendations for service.
- $110 / 50 minute session
- $120 / 50 minute session
To book an initial no charge 15 minute consultation, please contact us to make arrangements.
- ICBC Coverage
If you have an open ICBC claim you may be eligible for counselling sessions in relation to the trauma you experienced and anxiety that has resulted. You are required to request a Doctors note which specifies that you require counselling pertaining to your motor vehicle accident (MVA). Submit this note to your ICBC adjuster and provide us with a copy. We will follow up with your adjuster to ensure that you have been approved for counselling as well as how many sessions you are entitled to. Your adjuster may allow Evoke to bill them directly or they may request that you pay up front and they will reimburse you- it is up to your individual adjuster.
We will assist you through this process as it can be both confusing and complicated. Should your adjuster require you to seek a counselling professional with a different designation, we can assist you to find another suitable therapist in the community.
- Extended Health Care Coverage
The majority of extended health care plans cover counselling provided by a Registered Clinical Counsellor. If you have an extended health care plan you must check with them directly to find out if they offer reimbursement for services. It is common that the print material provided to plan members is often incomplete and/or can be unclear. Evoke Wellness Centre does not bill extended health care plans directly. Full payment for your treatment will be taken at the time of service. You will be issued receipts which you can then submit to your extended health care company for reimbursement.
Below are some suggestions on what to ask your provider when you inquire about your coverage:
- Do my health benefits cover the cost of seeing a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) ?
- What are my mental health benefits?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover per year?
- Is approval or referral (doctors note) required from my primary care physician/doctor prior to attending counselling?
As a practical person, I was skeptical about the effectiveness of “talk therapy”. I had a history of depression and when my second baby was born, I started counseling with Katy. What a difference! Katy gave me the tools to work through my depression, manage my triggers, and coach me to a better mental place. I was able to enjoy those early years with my kids instead of being trapped by my depression. Katy changed my life.