Common Questions

questions you may have before seeing a moncton psychologist

What happens in a therapy session?

What is a psychologist?

Why do people see a psychologist?

Does Medicare cover therapy with a psychologist?

Does my insurance cover therapy with a psychologist?

What is the cost of  a therapy session?

How long is a therapy session?

How many sessions will I need?

Do I need a referral?

What about confidentiality?

What happens in a therapy session?

Seeking therapy can be a bit unnerving, especially when one is not sure of what happens in a therapy session.  Here is an approximate of what will happen during the first session.
During the first therapy session, the psychologist will introduce herself and talk about confidentiality.  All content discussed during a session is confidential.  It is kept between the client and the psychologist.  The psychologist will ask you to sign a confidentiality form.  At this point, the psychologist may ask you to sign an additional consent form if there is a need to speak with another party about therapy content (eg., family physician, school personnel, family member…). Therapy is voluntary; you can remove your consent at any time.

Once the consent forms are signed, the psychologist will invite you to describe your presenting problem.   The aim is to be able to understand your current concerns as well as some prior history that may impact what you are going through.  The psychologist will ask you questions and may ask you to fill out questionnaires.  Understanding the dynamics of your problems will help the psychologist provide the most effective treatment for you.  The psychologist will ask you about your therapy goals; what you envision to feel at the end of treatment.   Once a clear goal of therapy is established, the psychologist will give you homework so that you may begin working towards your goal at home.  Your next session will be scheduled and will be known approximately how many sessions you will need to reach your goal.   Your first session will last one hour.  However, a first session can be longer so please allow some extra time.   Subsequent sessions will be 50-60 minutes.   These sessions will focus on treatment and the evaluation of the treatment may modify their treatment approach to gain better outcomes.   (Back to Questions)

What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a professional practitioner who has studied empirical research and continues to study how people think, feel and behave.  With this knowledge, the psychologist helps clients understand, cope and address their identified concerns.

http://cpa.ca/public/whatisapsychologist/   (Back to Questions)

Why do people see a psychologist?

People seek help from a psychologist for a variety of reasons.  Most often, the reason has caused stress and unhappiness in their lives.

Mylène Deveau can help with the following concerns :

(If your concern is not mentioned below, please contact Mylène to see if she is able to help or refer you to another psychologist who may help you).

  • Adoption
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Aspergers
  • Attachment difficulties in children and adolescents
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Being a parent of a sexually abused child
  • Behaviour problems (children and adolescents)
  • Depression
  • Family relationship issues
  • Foster Care
  • Grief and loss for children, adolescents and adults
  • Impact of divorce/separation on the adult who is grieving
  • Impact of parental divorce/separation on children
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder
  • Parenting difficulties
  • Wanting to be happy or happier
  • Parenting skills training
  • Sexual abuse of child
  • Physical abuse of a child
  • Physical abuse within a relationship
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Temper tantrums
  • Verbal abuse of a child
  • Verbal abuse within a relationship   (Back to Questions)

Does Medicare cover therapy with a psychologist?

Medicare does not cover psychological services.  However, many insurance companies (e.g., Blue Cross, Johnson’ life…) cover between 80-100% of a maximum amount (usually between $500 to $1000 a year per person in the family).   Please call your insurance provider prior to your first session.   (Back to Questions)

Does my insurance cover therapy with a psychologist?

Many insurance companies (example : Blue Cross, Johnson…) cover between 80-100% of a maximum amount (usually between $500 to $1000 a year per person in the family).   Please call your insurance provider prior to your first session.   (Back to Questions)

What is the cost of a therapy session?

The cost of a therapy session with a psychologist is set in accordance to the recommendations of the College of Psychologist of New-Brunswick.  The fee for a 50-minute therapy session is $170.   (Back to Questions)

How long is a therapy session?

A therapy session with a psychologist is approximately 60 minutes.   The initial session, however, can range between 60-90 minutes.  The cost of an initial session remains $150.   (Back to Questions)

How many sessions will I need?

Therapy is an individualized process.  By the end of the first session, an approximate amount of sessions is hypothesized.  Depending on the complexity of the problem, sessions can range between 3 – 20.   Homework will be given at the end of each session.  Homework helps maintain skills and knowledge learned in sessions.  Doing therapy homework can help reduce the amount of sessions needed.   (Back to Questions)

Do I need a referral?

A referral is not necessary to book a session with a psychologist.  However, please consult with your insurance provider as some may request a family physician’s referral.  Referrals can be made by: parents, self, family physicians, psychiatrist, school personnel, lawyers and anyone with concern and the consent of the referred client.   Calls will be returned within 48 hours.  No calls are returned during weekends.   (Back to Questions)

What about confidentiality?

Confidentially (consent) forms are obtained here.  We recommend that you read them carefully and sign them prior to the initial session.  The confidentiality forms will be reviewed with you during your first session.   What you disclose in therapy remains in therapy unless otherwise specified by you or unless the subject disclosed falls within one of the following categories discussed in the consent form.

If your child is under the age of 16, both parents need to sign the consent form.  In cases of divorce/separation, consult your legal papers to see who needs to consent to medical services.  The names mentioned are the names that are needed on the consent forms.   (Back to Questions)