Frequently Asked Questions
Q- Are counselling services covered by my extended health insurance?
A- Yes, most insurance plans cover counselling services provided by a registered and qualified counsellor.
I recommend checking with your insurance provider to determine the amount of benefits you can access for counselling. Your benefits usually reset at the end of each year. Take advantage of this benefit to improve your mental health.
Q- Do you do direct billing?
A- Yes, I do direct billing to Medavie Blue Cross. However, if you have insurance coverage other than Medavie Blue Cross and Green Shield, then you would be required to pay up front and receive a reimbursement later from your insurance company.
Q- What is the cost?
A- Fees are as follows:
60 minutes Individual Session = $160
90 minutes individual Session = $240
120 minutes Intensive Therapy Session = $300
90 Minutes Couples Counselling =$240
Q- What form of payment do you accept?
A- I accept major credit cards, cheque, cash, and e-transfer. Payments are due the day the services are delivered.
Q- What if I can not afford therapy?
A- I can offer sliding scale or I can help you find affordable counselling services in the community.
Q- Can I access counselling services if I am not living in Calgary?
A- Yes, I provide safe online therapy to individuals living anywhere in Canada.
Q- How do I choose a counsellor that is fit for me?
A- It is especially important to find a therapist who is a fit to you. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to help us determine if my services are suitable to you.
Q- What is EMDR therapy?
A- EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and it is an effective and evidence-based therapy to treat current or past trauma and PTSD. A certified EMDR therapist can assess and determine the suitability for EMDR therapy. EMDR therapy is also effective with depression, anxiety, OCD, addiction, phobia, and anger.
Q- Are you affiliated with any other Counselling Services?
A- Focus Counselling is its own business. But in an addition to providing you high quality mental health services. We also provide counselling services supported by the world renown Feeling Good Institute. They are leaders in the advancement of quality TEAM-CBT, providing, training and support for therapists and treatment of patients in cutting edge Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
TEAM therapy, developed by world-renowned author and therapist Dr. David Burns, is a powerful and innovative form of therapy that builds upon evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ( CBT ), to drive faster change and relief for patients. Each step of this approach has been studied and shown to improve therapy results.
Leena Mahmoodi has studied Dr. Burns' method extensively and is trained and certified in TEAM CBT, as a highly effective treatment provider with the Feeling Good Institute.