780-232-7864
Edmonton, Alberta
miriam@vandenbrinkpsychology.ca
Red Tree Psychology

FAQ

Q: Who should see a psychologist?

My clients are usually troubled by a social, emotional, or behavioural problem that has been negatively impacting their daily life such as their relationships or friendships, work or school performance, or experience of formerly pleasurable activities. To help you decide if you might benefit from meeting with a psychologist, the Canadian Psychology Association has provided the following helpful information:

Deciding to See a Psychologist

What to Expect from a Psychologist

 

Q: What can I expect during the first session?

During our first meeting I will explain confidentiality and informed consent, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. Typically, we will explore the concerns that prompted you to seek help and discuss what you hope to achieve through counselling. Many clients have told me that they were nervous about starting counselling and talking to a psychologist, but that it wasn’t at all as difficult or uncomfortable as they feared. It can even be fun!

 

Q: Do I need a referral to see you?

No, you do not need a referral to see me. Please call or email me so that we can talk about whether we will be able to work together. If you feel comfortable and I have the expertise and availability to help you achieve your goals we will book our first appointment. If we decide not to proceed with a meeting I will do my best to provide you with  appropriate information or referral.

 

Q: Are your services confidential?

As a Registered Psychologist I follow strict standards regarding confidentiality that are set by the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP). This means that all information clients share in session will remain confidential. There are a few rare exceptions to this rule that we will discuss in detail during our first meeting.

 

Q: How long is each counselling session?

Typically counselling sessions are 50 minutes, though sometimes we make arrangements for a longer session for couples or families.

 

Q: How many sessions will I need?

The length of therapy depends on the issues that brought you to counselling and your goals. Some people start to notice positive changes in 4 to 6 sessions, but for others it may take longer. Together we will decide when our work together is complete.

 

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

Because  space is limited, I ask you to give me 24 hours notice if you have to cancel an appointment so that someone else may use your appointment time. If you miss an appointment or do not provide me with 24 hours notice you will be charged a full session fee.

 

Q: Do you have evening and weekend hours?

Yes. Currently I am able to offer some appointments on Thursday evenings.