FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW CAN I START WORKING WITH YOU?
You can call 403-808-9308 or e-mail me to schedule a free 20 minute consultation. We can discuss your initial questions and determine support options, or make appropriate referrals.
During this initial consultation, I will get a better idea of what questions you are hoping to get answered and if a psychoeducational assessment or behavioural support is a good fit for your child and your family.
If you are ready to book, you can either call or e-mail to schedule your first appointment or use the online booking tool.
WHAT IS THE COST OF A PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT?
Fees are set in accordance with the recommended fee schedule of the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta ($220/hour).
The number of hours will depend on the type of assessment required; however, a comprehensive psycho-educational assessment typically takes between 10-15 hours (including an intake interview, brief teacher or informant interview, 5-6 hours of in-person testing, scoring and clinical interpretation, feedback meeting and a comprehensive report with recommendations). The cost of a full psychoeducational assessment is $2850.
INSURANCE AND EXTENDED HEALTH BENEFITS:
I am flexible with payment options and will do my best to optimize your insurance (if any) and find a payment schedule that works best for you and your family.
Please check with your extended health insurance plans regarding the coverage of psychological services as fees may be fully or partially covered. When not reimbursed by insurance, the fees for psychological services might be considered for an allowable medical expense for the purpose of income tax deductions.
Sample Questions to Ask your Insurance Provider:
Does my plan cover psychological services provided by a Registered Psychologist?
What is my yearly amount of coverage for psychological services?
Have I already used my coverage for this year? When does my coverage renew?
Is there a maximum hourly fee that my plan covers? (Note: fees not covered by your benefits plan may be eligible as a tax deductible medical expense)
Does my plan have a daily limit on psychological services? (For example, if I meet with the psychologist for three hours one afternoon, will my plan cover the multiple hours or will my coverage pay for one hour per day maximum?)
Does my plan cover only one-on-one direct service, or are all psychological services such as report writing covered?
Do I need a referral from a physician to qualify for coverage?
Are there any other limits that I need to know about?
Clients will be billed directly for services rendered and a detailed invoice will be provided to submit for reimbursement.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS:
The Canada Student Grants program may cover a significant portion of the cost of a psychoeducational assessment (up to $3500). Please check to determine whether you may be eligible for this program by visiting: Funding for Students with Disabilities Guide
Fees paid for psychological services may qualify as a medical expense for income tax purposes.
WHAT IS THE COST OF A WESTMOUNT CHARTER OR GATE ASSESSMENT?
The costs associated with a gifted assessment are as follows:
Westmount Charter School Eligibility Assessment: $900
GATE Program Eligibility Assessment $1600
WHAT SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY INITIAL INTERVIEW?
Prior to your initial interview, you will be asked to provide the following:
- Completed telepsychology consent form
- Completed family history form
- Copies of recent report cards and previous assessments, if available
ARE ASSESSMENT SESSIONS IN-PERSON?
While intake and feedback meetings are conducted online, testing sessions are completed in-person. In-person testing sessions are conducted in the morning from 9:00am-12:00pm and in the afternoon from 1-4pm (you will be able to schedule a time that works best for your child and your family).
The office is located in Marda Loop. Testing sessions are 2-2.5 hours in length. You are welcome to drop off your child and come back at the end of the testing session.