Frequently Asked Questions

Counselling is a confidential process of talking about and working through your presenting concerns with a counsellor. The counsellors are trained to help you address your concerns in a positive manner by clarifying the issues, exploring options, developing strategies, and increasing self-awareness. They employ varies evidence-based approaches in their work and they value your lived experiences It is important to note that these services are confidential. Therapists will not share confidential information without their client’s written consent. However, there are limitations to confidentiality and it is important to discuss the limitations of confidentiality with your counsellor in your initial appointment.
Therapy sessions are 50min in length and the Length of therapy varies case by case but it can take anywhere between 3-10 sessions before you start to experience changes.
Therapeutic services can be accessed as an individual (child, teenand adult), couple or as a family. Therapy can be accessed in person or virtually (Video or telephone)
Therapy can be helpful for a wide variety of life concerns. It may be appropriate for you if you are struggling with emotions, negative thoughts, or engaging in behaviours that have negative consequences in your life. If you want to clarify if your specific concerns can be addressed, feel free to reach out to a therapist for a consultation
Therapy is collaborative in nature, it means you will work together with your therapist to come up with therapeutic goals that they will help you address. An initial appointment is a time when your therapist gathers information about the presenting goals and sets therapeutic goals with you.
The cost of counselling can vary. These prices are usually set by the therapists regulatory body, it can cost anywhere from $120- $200 per session. Some therapists also offer a sliding scale. To find out if the therapist offers a sliding scale- review their profile.

Therapeutic services provided by a registered professional are covered by many extended health care benefits. Some therapists can direct bill to some insurance companies- review the therapists’s profile to find out more. Therapeutic services can also be claimed through income tax.

You can find black therapists listed on our directory under Find A Therapist
The title of therapist/ Counsellor is regulated in Alberta by various regulatory bodies. We take pride in this as this means the therapist on this site adhere to regulations set by their prospective regulatory bodies. This ensures that the public receives the best treatment and can be assured that their therapist is a professional. All of the therapists on this site have at least a Master’s level education in either counselling,psychology,religion,marriage and family therapy or a combination of those. To find out more about these regulations,Please follow the links for each profession Social Workers https://www.acsw.ab.ca/ Psychologist/Provisional Psychologist https://www.cap.ab.ca/ Psychotherapist https://www.ccpa-accp.ca/ https://www.acta-alberta.ca/ If you have any additional questions about the licensing processes,Please fill out a contact card or email us at info@albertablacktherapistnetwork.com Psychologist – An individual with at least a Masters degree in psychology, counselling psychology or marriage and family counselling Social worker – An individual with at least a Masters degree in psychology, counselling psychology or marriage and family counselling Counsellor/Psychotherapist – An individual with Masters degree in psychology, counselling psychology, psychiatric nursing, and theology and divinity