Q: Can I use my extended health benefits towards counselling?
A: I am a Canadian Certified Counselor, member #10003669 with the CCPA. Each extended health plan is different, so it is not possible for me to know if your benefits will cover my services or how much coverage you get. It is advisable for you to check with the insurance provider to understand the specifics of your coverage.
Q: How do I know if a counsellor is right for me?
A: This question depends on the individual asking so I will offer you my opinion only. The most important factor is the client’s comfort level with the counsellor, which influences the therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor. A strong working relationship often takes a bit of time to develop so this is worth considering; however, if your gut is telling you that this is not the right counsellor for you, trust it.
Megan Sutherland blogged about this in 2012 and having reviewed her comments, I think she answered this question thoroughly.