Extended Benefit Plans: Some extended benefit plans offer coverage for counselling by Registered Clinical Counsellors. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, my registration number is 2589. Review your extended health care benefits booklet to see if your plan includes this. The plans would reimburse you based on the counselling receipts you submit to them.
Tax Credit:You can claim your counselling receipts at tax time as a medical expense for yourself, your spouse or common-law partner, and your children born in 1987 or later.
If my rates are not affordable for you at this time, consider either the Greater Victoria Citizens Counselling Centre (250-384-9934) or Esquimalt Neighbourhood House (250-385-2635). Victoria is fortunate to have these two programs that offer lay counselling services by volunteers. These services are offered on a sliding scale basis, as determined by your income, and are an excellent alternative.