FAQ

 

FAQ

 

 
 

How can I connect to you?

Use the booking form and select "Inquire"; receive a reply within two weeks. 

 

 What is a series of sessions like?

In the Initial Consult, we identify key areas that you wish to change. Based on your concerns present, and your unique way of charging up your motivation, we confirm that Illumine services have the potential to take you towards success, and design an inspired yet realistic, personalized, and goal-oriented plan for optimal wellness. 

 

What knowledge informs sessions and plans?

As you talk about your wishes for wellness, I assess you based on a network of skill sets from my training. I listen for elements that can be shifted based on the science of behaviour change, stress, attachment theory, nervous system homeostasis, yoga philosophy, mindfulness, psychodynamic psychotherapy, brain health, functional medicine, cravings and addiction biology, and energy medicine.

 

How can I expect to feel differently after the series of sessions?

You will have skills to hone your ability to adapt to stress, and learn skills to overcome limiting patterns of behaviour. On a physical level, you will understand how your brain and nervous system work to enhance or prevent your success. An adaptive response to emotions in order to support greater mental clarity and success in your endeavours, will develop as you learn how to navigate your your limbic system. You will learn how to pace your self through your work day with times of rest and relaxation in order to get optimal clarity of mind. Skills in relationships with others will be reviewed and coached. Meditation practices to enhance wellness and success are tailored to your unique way of feeling success.

 

What will I have by the end of the sessions?

You will have the skills to create a daily practice that anchors you in your truth and capacity for success. You will have identified blind spots that obstruct your life energy, and see them more quickly in the future - your awareness will be sharpened. You will learn tools to be more aware as to how past experiences, and your views of them, have shaped your current reality, and how to move past former obstacles with ease. You will learn new exercises to sense your life force energy, your essence, what makes you feel truly alive.

  

What are some of the details of the customized practice I get?

I will assess your current state on physical, emotional, mental, and belief systems levels.  We will discuss which areas you feel most drawn to change, and where you most need or most anticipate reward.  We will decide on which practices from meditation, mindfulness, yoga, psychotherapy, energy medicine and aromatherapy will best and with the most joy, refine your focus and energize you.

 

WHAT IS YOUR CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY?

Confidentiality is strictly adhered to, to protect client privacy, and out of great respect for the sacred process of self development.  However, when communicating on online videoconferencing, phone, email, or other online service, the secure privacy of the connection can not be guaranteed.  By communicating via these ways, you release Illumine Health of any and all responsibility for the level of security available through these services.

 

what is the private fee?

$150 for a Brief Initial Meeting | Partial Consult | 0.5 hour

$300 for an Initial Full Consult | 1 hour

$450 for an Extended Initial Full Consult | 1.5 hour

Prices are in Canadian dollars. Payment is in advance by credit card on JaneApp, PayPal, or e-transfer. Full refund if cancelled 1 week in advance, minus a 15% processing fee. If cancelling after that date, the full fee is forfeit to respect the space lost to others. 

 

HOW DO I BOOK A SESSION?

A 15 minute phone call for prospective wellness clients is complimentary. Request a phone call through the Booking Form.

For psychotherapy, referral from your family doctor is required.

 

is this covered by public health care ?

Wellness and prevention services are not covered by public healthcare. The Illumine® method is intended to assist you with wellness and prevention, and is not a treatment method for a diagnosis.

BC Residents: If you have coverage by British Columbia MSP with an active PHN, you may be eligible for an initial consult for psychotherapy via referral from your family doctor, provided that you meet inclusion criteria and do not meet exclusion criteria, and space is available. More details below.

 

Can I see you for psychotherapy?

I have a limited psychotherapy practice for working professionals, or retired former professionals, for mild anxiety, adjustment disorder, or grief reaction, not requiring psychiatric medication. If you live in BC and pay into public healthcare, then your family doctor can refer you to my practice and visits are covered by MSP.

Sessions for wellness for people without a diagnosed illness, but rather to work towards optimal wellness, are paid for privately.

 

I have a diagnosed illness, can I consult with you?

For those with the diagnosis of anxiety, grief reaction, or adjustment disorder, I do maintain a psychiatric practice in accordance with the Medical College guidelines, focused on psychotherapy only, not medication management. I have deep respect for the long history of accreditation and regulating of the medical profession by the College, and offer evidence-based and approved treatments for specific diagnosed illness for British Columbia residents based on a specialized focus of practice.

If you are a professional or physician who is currently actively employed, we offer professional health services for Vancouver residents at Chakra Health via referral from your family doctor. Please note that space is limited.

 

 

* Please note: For psychotherapy, diagnoses of exclusion include psychosis, a history of harm to self or other, requiring a mental health team, requiring extended leave, moderate to severe depression, psychiatric illness requiring disability income, and bipolar illness as this requires medication treatment as per professional guidelines. DBT for Borderline Personality is not provided. Substance Use disorders must be resolved prior to embarking on psychotherapy. Persons with criminal histories are not seen at our clinics. All visits require collateral contact to confirm client-relayed information is accurate and to maintain the calm and respectful atmosphere at the affiliated clinics and centres.

People with acute or urgent need for psychiatric services are recommended to access the Acute Assessment Centre at Vancouver General Hospital, (604) 675-3700, open 24 hours.