What is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)?
A Registered Clinical Counsellor is a professional counsellor who has met specific educational and training criteria that provide assurance of experience, qualifications, and stringent professional and ethical standards under the BC Association for Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). For more information, feel free to visit their website.
What is sex therapy?
This is the most common question we receive from potential clients. Sex therapy is a non-touch, clothes-on, talk therapy that is focused on working with people around sexual issues such as sexual dysfunction, sexual issues, or struggles around their sexual identities. Sex therapy can be done both in individual or couples sessions depending on the needs of the client(s).
Are counselling sessions confidential?
Yes, what we discuss in counselling is is held to the strictest of confidence. However, there are three (3) exceptions to this rule:
- If your therapist believes you are at imminent or serious risk to harm yourself or others.
- If your therapist believe a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of or is being abused.
- If we are officially subpoenaed in a court case.
What should I expect in a first session of sex therapy or relationship therapy?
In the first session of counselling, we will work to connect with each other and get to know what the issue is that brings you (and your partner) to see us. We explore what your goals look like for therapy and what changes you would like to see happen. Your counsellor is here to answer any questions you may have; the first session is important to begin to build your trust and comfort in me.
How many counselling sessions will it take for me to be better?
This is a difficult question to answer. Depending on the complexity of the issue that brings you to therapy, this number can vary. The same issue in two people can take different amounts of time to begin to see change depending on the underlying cause.
Regardless of how many sessions you might ultimately need, you could begin to see positive changes in your life after five sessions.
What is your cancellation policy?
Your appointment time is help specifically for you. 48 hours’ notice is required for cancellation and changes to your appointment. Late cancellations or no-shows are subject to 50% of the session fee.
Is counselling covered by my extended health benefits?
As Registered Clinical Counsellors, our services are covered by many extended health benefit plans. Please contact your service provider to inquire. An official receipt will be provided after each session to be submitted for reimbursement; clients are responsible for paying for session fees upfront.
Counselling is covered but is sex therapy covered by extended health benefits?
Think of sex therapy as a type of therapy/technique that can be used in clinical counselling rather than as a different type of counselling completely. As Registered Clinical Counsellors, our services are covered by many extended health benefit plans. Please contact your service provider to enquire. Our receipts do not list sex therapy on them and are discreetly billed as the issue you are working on within counselling does not matter to insurance companies, rather that your counsellor is registered with the proper body which entitles you to sessions with us as RCCs (Registered Clinical Counsellor).
Do you have a reduced rate for counselling?
We at Allura Sex Therapy Centre believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be heard. Our therapists offer a sliding scale for clients facing financial barriers – please contact us prior to booking a session to discuss this further as this varies per each counsellor.
Do you offer group therapy or workshops?
Depending on the needs of our clients, we may offer group therapy or workshops in the community for various sexuality related topics. If you would like to see a workshop on a certain topic or are a service provider seeking a sex education or sexuality workshop, please contact us directly to discuss this further.
Do you do non-sex therapy with individuals?
Yes, we do. As Registered Clinical Counsellors with extensive training in sex therapy, our services are poly-, LGBTQ-, and kink-friendly, aware, and sensitive. As such, some clients prefer to see us due to this reason but our work may be around other issues, such as anxiety or depression.
Who do you work with?
We work with people of varying ages, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, and so forth. Please note, however, that we do not work with people under the age of 18.
Contact us today for a 15-minute free phone consultation to see if one of our therapists is right for you. You can call the office or send us a message here.