What we offer
We offer so much more than just grief therapy. We specialize in supporting people after a death has occurred, but also before. Our focus is on providing support throughout the end of life to those who work with and experience death and dying.
Lark and Raven practices from a trauma-informed perspective and understands how trauma impacts the normal processes of grieving and mourning. We use a variety of therapeutic modalities such as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, EMDR, Expressive Art Therapies, Play Therapy, Existential Therapy, Somatic Therapies, Attachment-based theories, and more.
Our professionally licensed therapists are trained to support various populations and ages with needs in grief and end of life. We also support caregivers and professionals working in the fields of palliative and end-of-life care.
End-of-life caregivers & support workers
Caregivers and professionals working in end-of-life care are able to receive support through counselling that is compassionate and teaches healthy coping skills.
Grief & bereavement
Both grief therapy and counselling for all ages from experienced and trained professionals. We offer support to help witness and move through the grief.
Chronic illness and palliative care
Living with chronic illness or being diagnosed with cancer can be disruptive, stressful, and increase anxiety. We help support people through these experiences through therapy and counselling services.
COST OF SERVICE
$220 per hour for therapy with a Registered Psychologist. $175 per hour with a Registered Provisional Psychologist
Additional time will cost $55 per 15 minutes.
The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta sets the standards for counselling fees. The rates can be found here.
PAYMENT OF FEES
All fees are expected to be paid at the time services are rendered, and an invoice is provided.
Cash, debit, MasterCard, Visa, or e-transfer are accepted.
Direct billing is offered for Blue Cross only.
All insurance claims remain your responsibility.
All fees must be paid in full, whether or not your health insurance provides reimbursement.
Some insurance plans require the insured to call prior to the first visit and obtain authorization for a specified number of visits. If you fail to obtain this authorization prior to your initial psychotherapy session, you are responsible for payment.
Cancellations must be made 36 hours in advance to avoid a charge.
*missed appointments with no notice are charged the full fee. Late cancellations are charged 50% of the fee.
How do I get started?You've already completed the first step - seeking out help and selecting a therapist to meet. The next step is to schedule an intake session to meet your therapist, discuss what you hope to achieve, and how they might be able to support you with these goals. This is a great time to ask your therapist questions to see if they are a good fit for you. Once you fill out the intake form, your therapist will respond to you as soon as possible to schedule a time to meet. They will provide you with details on how to join virtually, or how to get to the office for in-person appointments. Feel free to meet other professionals before deciding whether a therapist is the best fit for you. Your therapist will also assess whether your needs can be met within their competency level. Sometimes this means referring you to another more suitable professional. If you feel comfortable and confident with your therapist then we will schedule your next session. This can happen at the intake, or you can connect with us afterwards at any time.
What does child counselling look like?Child and youth counselling is a whole family process. The intake session is done without the children present. After the intake session, the therapist will schedule a session with just the child to start building the therapeutic relationship. At times it may be helpful to work with both the parent(s) and child(ren) present, and also to have periodic sessions with the parent(s) to ensure that the work is carried into the home. It’s a team effort and is most effective when the therapist can have sessions with parent(s) as well. Based on the child and family’s needs, how often family sessions or parent sessions will occur will depend on the presenting challenges. Each session is billed using the individual rate.
Will my insurance cover the costs?Please confirm with your insurance company how many sessions or the amount that is covered before coming to therapy. It’s always a good idea to check if they cover psychologist fees. We are currently only able to direct bill to ALBERTA BLUE CROSS. We do not direct bill to any other insurance companies, so you will be responsible for submitting your claim after payment. If you do not have insurance coverage from your employer, we recommend that you obtain personal insurance if possible prior to attending a session with any psychologist.
How do I know if there is progress?At the beginning of therapy during the intake, your therapist will often ask you how you will know things are changing. You and your therapist work together to come up with realistic and observable ways you can know you're making progress. Sometimes this process is ongoing, and other times there are easily set goals that don't require ongoing support. Many people start with something like "I want to feel better" or "I want to be less stressed". Your therapist will work with you to dive deeper into these goals and what they mean to you!
How often do I have to come to therapy?There is no set time limit and this will vary considerably from person to person. Some prefer to come every week and then ease out of therapy once a feeling of stability occurs. Your therapist can suggest a timeframe and session amount, but this will ultimately be up you! Each session you and your therapist will review goals and progress to make sure that you are moving forward towards feeling empowered enough to stop therapy. You’re always welcome back though, as life will continue to change and new challenges may arise. Insurance coverage may also determine how often and how long you are able to attend therapy.