How do I make an appointment?
Clients can schedule one-on-one appointments on their own online, or book them with Tom personally by phone or email. Tom offers free phone consultation to answer any questions you may have about therapy.
Do you offer online/in-person counselling?
Both types of services are available. Please contact for details.
How much does it cost?
Cultured Psychology Services charges a standard professional fee of $200 for a 50-75* minute therapy session, which is less than the $220 recommended by the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta per 50-minute session. *The additional 25 minutes (up to 50% more time) may be offered as needed or requested at no extra charge in order to allow for deeper discussions and to provide a more personalized experience. This optional time is there so that clients can feel free to express themselves or for more therapeutic work to take place sooner.
A sliding scale is available for those with low income. Please see our fee schedule below:
|Standard Session||$200||Standard 50-75* minute session suitable for most clients.|
|Student Rate||$150||Discounted assistance for post-secondary students.|
|Sliding Scale||$80-$170||Available for clients who are not covered by insurance or have very limited insurance, and meet the Statistics Canada low income cut off (LICO) and/or rely on social assistance.
Decided on a case-by-case basis. Most clients with limited per-session insurance coverage will qualify for at least a small reduction.
|Specialized Services||$220/hr||Includes services such as comprehensive psychological assessment, psychological testing, group training, and formal report writing.|
|Initial Phone Consultation||Free||A free 10-minute phone consultation is available for those wishing to learn more about counselling services.|
Do you offer direct billing?
I currently offer direct billing through Alberta Blue Cross, Medavie Blue Cross, WCB, IFH, Telus, and the First Nations & Inuit NIHB/IRS RHSP programs, as well as a select number of smaller insurance companies. I will issue you the receipts and other information you may need to apply for reimbursement from your insurance if I cannot direct bill. Many plans cover all or part of sessions with registered psychologists. Moreover, many veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members, and RCMP officers will be covered under Medavie Blue Cross.
What methods of payment are accepted?
Cultured Psychology Services accepts all major credit and debit cards.
Are services confidential?
The confidentiality of sessions is legally protected, except in a few rare instances such as a court order, if someone is at imminent risk of harm, or if there is a suspicion of child abuse/neglect. Tom will review privacy and confidentiality with you in your first session.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions you will need will depend on your goals, and will be decided jointly between you and Tom. Clients can often achieve focused results on a particular problem with short-term or ‘solution-focused’ therapy, which typically lasts between 4 and 10 sessions. However, broader, more lasting change, or help for complex problems may require longer-term therapy.
What if I need to cancel an appointment?
If you can’t make a session, Tom needs 24 hours’ notice in order to be able to offer the spot to someone else who may be on the waiting list. Cancellations without adequate notice will be subject to a cancellation fee up to the price of a full session.
How often will I need to come in?
Most clients start with 50-minute visits once per week, and move towards biweekly and then monthly sessions as they get more and more effective at moving towards their goals on their own. While clients are always welcome to come back to therapy when they need help, Tom believes that good therapy empowers people to become their own psychologists.
Do you see couples/families?
I treat couples using several popular therapies, including Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
Do you treat PTSD?
Yes. I have been involved extensively in the assessment and treatment of PTSD, so I do treat most people with PTSD and similar kinds of stress that occur after traumatic events.
Do you provide therapy in Chinese/Polish?
I provide services in Polish and English, as well as depression, anxiety, trauma, and solution-focused therapy in Mandarin. I am currently the only psychologist in Canada offering the first, evidence-based depression treatment adapted for Chinese culture. This promising new treatment was found to provide approximately double the treatment benefit of regular therapy in an initial "RCT" effectiveness study. Please contact me for more details.
Are there any risks to therapy?
While the majority of people feel better from therapy, there are some potential risks. Sometimes discussing difficult feelings may feel worse in the moment before it gets better. Tom will be present to support you if such distress comes up, and you will not be obligated to participate in activities or discussions that make you feel uncomfortable. Also, sometimes when we gain a strong sense of direction, our lives may end up changing more than we expected. However, most people find that they build happier and more meaningful lives as a result of therapy.
What happens in the first session?
While you are encouraged to tell Tom what you need if you have thought a great deal about your goals, most people need some time to get settled in. The first session will usually has a greater focus on getting to know each other, establishing a relationship, and getting started on building a shared sense of direction.