What is Melanie’s approach?
Melanie uses a client focused strength-based collaborative, holistic, and integrative approach, drawing on the wisdom and interventions of many therapy models and the strengths of the individual, couple or family. She is focused on helping clients heal, manage their lives well, and form healthy relationships with themselves and others. Melanie respects clients’ individual spiritual and faith-based traditions as well as those who do not wish to engage in conversations of spirituality.
Melanie has a private counselling office in Northwest, Calgary. Once you make an appointment, you will receive the address and directions. She also provides e-counselling services via Skype, FaceTime or telephone.
Tuesdays 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesdays 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursdays 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
E-counselling is counselling via Skype, FaceTime or some other form of video/audio connection. There are many advantages of meeting in this way.
- You have access to professional counselling no matter where you live or are travelling; many people live in areas where there is no professional counsellor nearby.
- You don’t have to go anywhere; you can have a counselling session in the privacy of your own home or office. Many people prefer the comfort and safety of their own surroundings. This is especially important for those who don’t want anyone to know they are going for counselling or are unable to get out.
- You don’t need to worry about the weather or traffic; there are no transportation costs or hassles.
- You don’t have to spend time travelling to and from Melanie's office; this is particularly advantageous for those who would like a session before going to work in the morning.
- Meeting times are more flexible and you don’t have to dress up or even brush your teeth!
All you need is a good internet connection and a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. A mobile phone headset is beneficial, though not required. Video sessions are conducted via FaceTime with an Apple product (iPhone, iPad, or Mac) or with Skype on PC (both connections are free).
Absolutely! Melanie is pleased to have a free brief telephone conversation with you to answer questions that you may have about therapy/counselling and to let you know how she works with people and what to expect when you come.
You will be greeted at the door by Melanie’s admin assistant, who will invite you in, offer you a hot or cold beverage, give you an orientation of the office area and introduce you to Melanie. Melanie will explain matters of confidentiality and ask you to sign a consent for assessment and/or treatment. As well, she will ask you to complete a brief mood survey.
During the first session you will not do a lot of therapy. It is a mutual assessment session; Melanie will ask questions to get a sense of your situation and how she can be helpful to you. You also have the opportunity to ask questions and to get a sense of what it is like to be with Melanie – if you feel emotionally safe with her, if you feel like she is listening well to you, and to decide if you would like to work with Melanie. Not every counsellor/therapist is a good fit for every person and it is important for you to feel safe and confident in someone you are trusting to help you. At the end of the session, Melanie will let you know if she can be helpful to you and outline what she thinks may be helpful. You will let her know if you would like to come back. So… just coming the first time doesn’t obligate you to keep coming.
If you would like to, you can then set up the next appointments. You will also have the opportunity to complete the brief mood survey again (to see if there has been any change) and to give Melanie feedback on what the session was like for you (to help her do well at relating with you).
Counselling doesn’t last forever. Melanie’s goal is to get you back into your life as quickly as possible so that you don’t have to keep coming for counselling. The number and frequency of sessions depends on the nature of the situation and how much distress you are experiencing.
Usually sessions will be more frequent at the outset to get some good momentum – then, sessions can be spread out as change occurs. When you meet with Melanie for the initial session, she will give you an idea of how many sessions you can expect. It is a good idea to book the sessions in advance so that you have the time set aside.
The current session fee is $165/hour, (considerably less than the standard rate of $200/counselling hour recommended by the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta).
Individual sessions are 1 hour. Couple and group sessions are 1.5 hours.
Services are typically not covered by insurance. However, Melanie is an approved provider for some insurers. It is best to check with your insurer. Melanie’s services may also be claimed by most health spending account benefits. Receipts that are not submitted for insurance claims may be tax deductible.
Fees are paid in full at the beginning of each appointment unless alternate third party payment arrangements have been made in advance. Cash, cheque, interac e-transfer, Visa, and MasterCard are accepted.
The hourly rate is the same for individuals, couples and groups. However, in order for each person to have enough time to have their concerns valued, couples or group sessions are 1.5 hours.
Appointments may be changed or cancelled with 48 hours notice. Because the time is set aside for you and no one else can use that time if you don’t show up, you will be charged for the session if you don’t give 48 hours notice.