A: The team at Sana Psychological come from diverse and multi-faceted interest areas. We can help with problem behaviours of any manifestation, depression and mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD and trauma, anger, grief and loss, ADHD, behavioral problems in youth age 12+ including ODD, FASD, and ASD. We strive to support individuals in improving their health and learning to regulate their emotional world, improve communication, and build self-care.
A: The first appointment will involve information gathering to understand the challenges you are experiencing, along with getting to know you as a person. Follow-up sessions will involve a check-in of ongoing challenges, changes, and acute issues. All appointments involve a combination of processing thoughts, feelings, and issues using a variety of therapeutic approaches that are thoughtfully chosen by your practitioner for your unique circumstances. Our therapy can draw from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Accelerated Resolution Therapy.
A: Between first and second session, most people prefer to meet within 1-3 weeks and, after that, a frequency of 2-4 weeks between appointments is usually sufficient. This depends on individual needs, as well as financial boundaries. If you have a certain number of appointments you are willing/able to attend, please let me know and session focus will adapt accordingly. Counselling appointments will be most frequent for the first 3 months and then can be less often and/or with breaks as desired and needed. The door is always open for you to return at any time.
A: No! Counselling can be helpful during acute crises, but is also very helpful when life is going pretty well. People learn tools and are accountable to being proactive with their health efforts which sets them up well for stability in the future. Anyone at anytime, especially if they’re open and interested, can benefit from counselling.
A: Yes. Direct billing is available with most major insurers, including Alberta Blue Cross. Direct billing is not currently available for psychological services with SunLife or Manulife. You can see a list of insurance providers who we can direct bill with here. It is the client’s responsibility to understand their policy and total coverage available.
A: Sana Psychological is a small team made up of a group of 4 passionate individuals.
A: Session rates vary by practitioner and are anywhere from $200-$220/50 minute appointment. In addition to direct billing, cash, credit card, debit, and e-transfer are acceptable payments.
A: Our reception hours are 8:30-4:30pm at the Midnapore Business Centre. Each therapist offers their own unique availability and, depending on the practitioner, there may be daytime, evening, and/or weekend sessions available.
A: You are able to see which therapists are accepting new clients on the online scheduling portal. If a therapist is not able to book an appointment at this time, we invite you to provide your contact information and we will reach out when appointments are able to be scheduled. Waiting times for first appointments vary depending on a number of factors and based on the clinician you have selected. If the wait is too long for you, then it is recommended you consider meeting with another clinician on the team for support who is available sooner or continue your search for a provider who fits your needs.
A: At Sana Psychological we are comfortable with appropriate self-disclosure. The practice was founded by Paige Abbott, who is a Myers-Briggs INFJ, Highly Sensitive Person and well-suited to being a therapist! Our team consists of a number of practitioners that you can get to know through our About page and our social media.