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Pauline Carey Counselling Fees and Insurance

Unfortunately counselling is not covered by the BC Medical Services Plan. Private practitioners are free to set their own rates, based on their education & experience.

Counselling fees

  • Session fees are $196 per 60 minutes. However a reduced fee is available if paid at the time of the session
  • The reduced fee is $152 per 60 minutes for sessions starting after 5pm on weekdays, or on Saturdays.
  • The reduced fee is $140 per 60 minutes for sessions starting before 5pm on weekdays.
  • GST (5%) is included in all fees.

Workshop Fees (counsellors and other helping professionals)

  • $920 per four-day workshop (GST included) – if fees paid in full 14 days prior to workshop commencement.
  • $960 per four-day workshop (GST included) – if fees paid less than 14 days prior to workshop commencement.
  • Discounts are offered for multiple registrations and for full-time students– contact us for details.
  • Closed registration group training rates are significantly less than those for individual registration. If you have a group interested in training, contact us for a cost estimate.

Supervision (counsellors and other helping professionals)

  • Virtual supervision is offered to grads of Pauline Carey's workshops and other helping professionals, at a rate of $128 (including GST) per 60 minutes. 

Onsite Trauma Debriefings for Organizations

  • Rates including GST:
  • $196 per 60 minutes, with a minimum of 2 onsite hours. Onsite time after the initial 2 hours is billed per 15 minutes.
  • Travel time is billed at $98 per 60 minutes, billed in increments of 15 minutes
  • Expenses such as flights, ferries, tolls, parking are billed at cost. Use of own vehicle is billed at 64c/kilometer. Meals (if any) are payable at cost, up to $60/day.

Payment Terms and Methods

  • Counselling fees are due at the end of each session, in order to receive the reduced fees. Payment by e-transfer is requested.
  • Training fees are due two weeks before the start of the workshop. A deposit secures your place upon receipt of the completed Registration Form. 
  • Corporate trauma debriefings and funded counselling sessions (see below) will be invoiced for payment within 30 days of date of invoice.
  • 1.5% interest will be due on any accounts unpaid within 30 days of invoice.

Are My Fees Covered?

Partial or full coverage of counselling services is possible: 

Extended Health Plan

You need to ask your provider for details. Ask them if they will cover the services of a Registered Clinical Counsellor, and for the annual coverage ceiling.

Typically, counselling services need to be paid at the time of the session, and the receipt submitted for reimbursement.

Insurance – short or long term disability

If your insurance company, lawyer or employer has directly requested the counselling, they may be willing to pay for the services. In this case, they will be billed directly for the services. It is up to you to establish who will be paying for your counselling, before your first appointment.

Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) / Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Check the exact provisions of your program. Some EFAPs/EAPs employ their own counsellors and will refer you to one of them. Others allow you to select your own counsellor and submit receipts to them for reimbursement.

Crime Victim Assistance Program

If you are a victim of a crime, you can apply to the BC Crime Victim Assistance Program for assistance for needed services including counselling. CVAP provides some coverage for counselling services for approved claimants. To find a counsellor who accepts CVAP clients, search the membership of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors website -

Personal Injury Claimants

If your counselling needs are in connection with a motor vehicle collision or other personal injury, and you have retained the services of a lawyer, you may be able to defer payment for counselling services until your claim is settled.

This can be done by your signing a legally binding document called a Direction to Pay (DTP), which directs your lawyer to pay counselling fees in full immediately upon settlement of your claim.

While I am no longer accepting clients on a DTP basis, counsellors willing to defer payment in this way may be found on


If none of the above options are available to you, and paying for counselling would create financial hardship, then your best option is to seek services from a non-profit organization or university clinic rather than a private practitioner.

Non-profit organizations typically serve specific populations and/or counselling issues. An online search will provide you with the most up to date information.

To book an appointment with or to ask a question of experienced trauma counsellor and trainer Pauline Carey call or email today.