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  • What is evidence-based psychotherapy?
    In psychology, we conduct research studies to test whether a psychotherapy works. When a treatment has repeatedly demonstrated that it improves individuals’ mental health, we call that treatment “evidence-based.” At Emerald Light Psychology, we only provide treatments that are supported by numerous research studies. Want to learn more? Here is an excellent video describing evidence-based therapy by Nellie Health:
  • Do I need a referral?
    Clients can self-refer and are NOT required to seek a referral from a medical professional. At the same time, we welcome referrals from mental health, allied health, and medical professionals.
  • Fees, payment, & cancellation policy
    Fees for psychological assessment and treatment are based on the recommendations of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS). Psychological services rendered by a registered psychologist are covered by most extended health insurance plans. We encourage clients to contact their insurance provider to gain more information regarding their coverage and procedures. Psychological services are currently not covered by Nova Scotia Medical Services Insurance (i.e., MSI health card). ​ CAF, VAC and RCMP case workers are welcome to contact us to coordinate assessments and treatments. ​ Payment is required at the outset of the appointment. Accepted methods of payment include cash, e-transfer, cheque, or credit card. Psychological services are HST-exempt. Receipts are provided. Fees paid for psychological services are a tax-deductible medical expense that can be claimed on your income tax returns. ​ Forty-eight (48) hours noticed is required for cancellations. Appointments cancelled with less than 48 hours notice are subject to the full fee.
  • What is a clinical psychologist?
    Clinical psychologists typically complete a 4-year undergraduate degree followed by either 2 years (Master’s degree) or 6 years (PhD) of graduate training. Clinical psychologists assess, diagnose, and treat mental disorders. They focus on the biological, psychological, and social factors involved in the development and maintenance of mental health difficulties. Psychology is a regulated profession. All psychologists must have a license to practice from the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology.
  • How often do I need to come to therapy?
    Similar to medical interventions, such as being prescribed antibiotics, psychotherapy is most effective when clients follow treatment recommendations regarding the number and frequency of sessions. Attending sessions on a weekly basis most often produces the best results, especially when beginning psychotherapy. Together with your psychologist, you will find a balance between your needs and a psychotherapy dosage that allows for new learnings and decreases in symptoms.
  • Are services provided in-person or virtually?
    We offer psychological services in-person, virtually, or through a hybrid model based on the client's preference.
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