River District Counselling and Wellness is looking for Associates to join our practice. Please email [email protected] for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
To cancel, 48 hours notice is required to reschedule or cancel all appointments. The appointment must be cancelled or rescheduled through email, text or phone call directly to your counsellor. If you miss any session and/or have not followed the cancellation policy, you forfeit your session fee.
Packages are pre-paid. If there is a benefit plan being used, receipts are emailed individually and issued per date of the attended session. For instance, Package A is $675/10= 67.50 per receipt.
All Packages are non-transferable and non refundable and expire 1 year from the date of first appointment.
If you miss any session and/or have not followed the cancellation policy, you forfeit your session fee.
We accept ICBC clients and charge the rates reflected for our normal sessions. Please note there have been recent updates to ICBC's policy for those receiving treatment. “ICBC customers (patients) who choose to visit a health care practitioner that charges a higher rate than what ICBC funds under accident benefits (indicated above), will not be able to recover the user fees from ICBC for claims with a date of loss on or after April 1, 2019. This will mean that the patient is responsible for paying the user fee portion, which they may submit to their private health insurer for consideration of coverage. Treatments are based on sessions provided and fees reflect fair market rate for a standard industry visit. Treatment frequency will be based on clinical recommendations and should reflect best practice. However, multiple sessions provided by the same discipline, on the same day, will not be funded.”
What is counselling?
Counselling is a therapeutic relationship where counsellors support and empower clients to achieve their goals or find clarity during difficult times.
How can I benefit from Teletherapy?
Teletherapy is no different than in person counselling. There are many benefits to Teletherapy not needing to take extra time out of your day to commute to an office, wait for a session and commute back to your work/home. Teletherapy will also give flexibility to video/voice calling from any location, even while you're travelling and it can reduce the anxiety you may feel where you might normally be sitting in uncomfortable office silence while you wait for your appointment.
What do I need for a Teletherapy Session?
All you need to get started are basic computer skills, a computer with webcam, mic, and speakers/headphones. You can even use your laptop, cellphone, or tablet. To ensure we remain connected, sometimes an Ethernet cable or having high speed internet access is best.
Can I see other counsellors at RDC?
It is important to ensure that you and your counsellor are a good fit. If you feel you just aren't "clicking" with your counsellor, we encourage you to discuss it directly with the counsellor to understand how we can help you best.
Can I book for the same day?
You will be able to book an appointment on the same day if there is an opening in the online calendar. If you are looking to re-schedule or cancel a same day booking, our cancellation policy still applies.
Do you do in-person counselling?
Unfortunately, we are not seeing clients in person to prevent expanding our social bubbles. Due to the current world situation (Covid-19), counselling services online offer a safe and secure way for you to receive support without putting your physical health in jeopardy.
Extended Health Benefits
It is best to check with your provider for Health Benefit Coverage, as you may be covered for the services of a Registered Clinical Counsellor. Unfortunately, we are unable to direct bill however you will be able to submit your claim directly to your provider.
Our services are located online and we are able to use Interac e-transfer payments, as well as offer a secure payment platform on our website. Official receipts are issued for each session and can be emailed to you.
We understand it can be hard to find resources in the midst of a stressful time. To Keep You in Mind, we have curated a small selection of resources to help guide you in the right direction. Click the headings below to find some of the local resources for the Lower Mainland or resources located on Vancouver Island.
Vancouver & The Lower Mainland Resources
BC Crisis Centre Website: https://crisiscentre.bc.ca
Lower Mainland: 604-872-3311
CHIMO is free, confidential support by trained volunteers.
310-Mental Health is a network of crisis lines across BC providing 24- hour emotional support for mental health
Phone: (Local Area Code Required) 310-6789
Suicide Hotline 24/7 confidential crisis line for people who are feeling suicidal.
Phone: 1-800-SUICIDE (2433)
BC 211 Provides free information and referrals regarding community, government and social services in BC.
Foundry offers mental health care, substance use services, primary care, social services and youth and family peer supports to young people ages 12-24 and their family in BC.
YMCA PEACE Program provides individual and group counselling to children and youth, aged 3-18, who have witnessed and/or experienced abuse.
QMUNITY offers free and low-cost counselling for individuals, couples, relationships and families.
Trans Lifeline is a crisis line for transgender people. Services are provided by transgender people.
Here to Help provides information and resources about mental health and substance use. Website: https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/
Mood Disorders Association of BC provides treatment and information to people who live with a mood disorder.
Anxiety Canada offers information and programs to support adults, youth and children who experience different types of anxiety disorders.
Access and Assessment Centre: Located at Vancouver General Hospital. Care to individuals who experience non-life threatening mental health or substance issues.
Walk-in: 7:30 am - 11 pm
Vancouver Island Resources