Frequently Asked Questions

What are your areas of specialization?Snowy Path
What are your qualifications?
Would you be willing to counsel my young children?
Do you provide EMDR therapy?
Do you offer couple/marriage counselling services?
How much is your fee for service?
Is there a fee for the initial consultation appointment?
Do you offer a sliding fee scale?
Will my extended health care benefits cover your fee?
Will the Crime Victim Assistance Program cover your fee?
What is the cancellation and missed appointments policy?
What is clinical counselling?

What are your areas of specialization?

I specialize in providing counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples who find positive life change difficult due to a struggle with concerns like depression, anger, anxiety, stress, and interpersonal conflict.

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What are your qualifications?

I earned my Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University. As a student in this program, I completed a one-year practicum work experience at Fraser River Counselling under the supervision of a qualified professor. During my second year, I received clinical supervision from Irene Peterson at Irene V. Peterson & Associates Counselling Services where I worked with individuals, couples, and groups on issues like relational trauma (i.e., physical, emotional, and sexual abuse), anger, depression, anxiety, and career counselling.

The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association has granted me the Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) designation, based on my formal academic qualifications and the number of clinical supervised hours I’ve received. Similarly, the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) has granted me the Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) designation. A professional designation, however, is only as good as the person who holds it. So, until you get to know me, please know that I take a customer service approach to the provision of counselling services. By creating a “culture of feedback,” I will proactively seek your input as to whether or not we are moving closer toward the kind of change you want to experience in your life. Although I primarily work from an emotion-focused and cognitive-behavoural perspective, my approach can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

Complementing my formal training and academic qualifications are more than ten years of experience providing career counselling and consultation services to youth and adults facing career transition. Altogether, I have 16 years of experience in the human services field. As a life-long learner, I bring a wealth of experience—and a love of learning—to my profoundly meaningful career.

In addition to my part-time private practice, I work as a mental health and addictions therapist with Ann Davis Transition Society in Chilliwack, BC.

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Would you be willing to counsel my young children?

I only work with youth and adults. I will be happy to provide you with the names of a few therapists who specialize in working with children.

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Do you provide EMDR therapy?

Yes. I provide Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

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Do you offer couple/marriage counselling services?

Yes.

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How much is your fee for service?

The fee for individual counselling is $110 per 75-minute session; the fee for a couples counselling is $120 per 75-minute session; the fee for a one-page letter for a layperson (e.g., lawyer or insurance representative) is $110/hr. I accept cash, cheques, and major credit cards (through PayPal). I do not currently charge HST. Cheques are payable to: Sean Hassall Counselling & Consulting Services.

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Is there a fee for the initial consultation appointment?

Yes. Counselling therapy sessions held at my office are provided on a fee for service basis. I welcome the opportunity to spend 10 or 15 minutes with you on the telephone before we meet in person, if you’d like. You can feel free to use this opportunity to ask me questions to determine whether you think my services will be a good fit for your specific needs.

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Do you offer a sliding fee scale?

No. I have a “fee or free” policy. Although I provide a limited number of pro bono (i.e., free) counselling therapy sessions to individuals facing financial hardship, there is currently a wait list for this service. Feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more about my services and/or if you would like to be placed on the list.

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Will my extended health care benefits cover your fee?

Your counselling session may be covered under your extended health care plan. Please check your individual plan to see if your plan will allow you to receive counselling services from a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and/or a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC).

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Will the Crime Victim Assistance Program cover your fee?

I am a registered service provider with the Crime Victim Assistance Program. If you are the victim of a crime, your counselling sessions may be fully covered. Please discuss this with me during your initial consultation appointment.

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What is the cancellation and missed appointments policy?

If you cannot make a scheduled appointment for any reason, you must provide at least 24 hours notice. If you do not provide 24 hours notice or miss a scheduled appointment for any reason, you will be asked to pay in full the agreed upon fee for the missed appointment. Further, if you decide to discontinue services, you will be expected to pay any outstanding fees within one month of the service end date. Please email/phone ahead of time, if you are unable to attend a session.

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What is clinical counselling?

The British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors defines “clinical counselling” as follows:

“‘Clinical Counselling’ means the assessment, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of behavioural, cognitive, social, mental or emotional issues, problems or disorders, and the use of Clinical Counselling values, principles and treatment methods, including psychotherapy to help individual, couple, family, and group clients understand, cope with and resolve their situation in order to: enhance personal, couple, family, group, organizational or community growth and effectiveness; promote healthy interpersonal relationships; encourage self-growth; sustain mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.” 

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