FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS BROOKE'S REGISTRATION INFORMATION?
Brooke is registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Her BCACC registration number is 18607. She is also registered with the BC College of Social Workers at a bachelors level. Her BCCSW registration number is 13529.
WHAT THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS DOES BROOKE USE?
Brooke's Approach is Primarily Informed by:
Internal Family Systems
Bowen Family Systems Theory
Person-Centered/ Rogerian Theory
Brooke will collaborate with you to determine the best therapeutic plan to help you meet your goals. No matter what path is taken together, the work will uphold the tenants of anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, and harm-reduction practice models.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM COUNSELLING?
Counselling at Old Growth is a collaborative process that centers you as the expert in your life. Brooke will navigate with you as you engage in your process of self-exploration and discovery. Often in counselling, people find they feel more difficulty before they feel ease, and this is normal. Brooke will support you to establish practices that allow you to support yourself through therapy and beyond. You can expect that ultimately it is you doing the work to create the changes you wish to see in your life. Brooke can guide, but only you can lead.
Evidence based research tells us that committing to a routine with counselling provides the best results. For this reason, counselling is most effective when you are able to meet weekly or bi-weekly for your sessions. Consistent and frequent appointments help you to maintain the thread of your process, and allow you to gain the momentum you need to create lasting change. As time goes on many clients feel confident enough to reduce their session frequency. This is respected and fully supported by Brooke.
WHAT IS THE SESSION FEE?
The session fee is currently $120.00 + GST per 50 minute session.
Please note: As of August 1st, 2022 the fee will be increased to $125.00 + GST per 50 minute session.
DO I HAVE TO BE SUBSTANCE AND/OR ALCOHOL FREE?
No. Brooke has extensive experience working with individuals everywhere on the use-spectrum from abstinence to problematic use. If this is relevant to you, Brooke will work with you to discover where you are on this spectrum and will collaborate with you to design a therapy program that meets you where you are, without judgement.
HOW DO WE MEET?
Brooke offers telehealth therapy. This means we will meet via secure online video, or in rare occasions, over the telephone.
DOES OLD GROWTH THERAPY OFFER DIRECT BILLING TO INSURANCE PROVIDERS?
Brooke does not offer direct billing but provides a receipt to you that you may submit to your provider.
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