Extended Medical Plan
Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC) services are not covered by MSP, however, they might be covered by your extended health care plan. Great-West Life, Green Shield Insurance, Sunlife Insurance, Pacific Blue Cross, Manulife and other insurance providers may get you reimbursed for the services of RCCs.
Check with your insurance provider if your particular policy will cover your counselling sessions. If they do not list clinical counsellor’in their policy but cover ‘psychologist’ or ‘social worker services’ or even doesn’t include any mental health practitioners services at all, you can still get counselling services. Many insurers recently added counselling services to their policy. Give them a call to see if you have coverage and whether you need a doctor’s note for counselling services.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
If your work health care policy doesn’t’ include clinical counsellors most likely you have an Employee Assistance Program at your work that will cover some counselling sessions. You can talk to your employer or directly to the EAP provider and request to work with me. I am on a roster with Aspiria and Arete EAP programs, all you need to do is to indicate that you want to work with me.
Most of EAP provide only short-term counselling though.
ICBC Counselling Insurance Coverage (Part 7 Benefits)
If you were involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) you might get approval for counselling sessions under Part 7 Benefits.
Talk to your family doctor and get a referral for counselling services. Usually, they will refer you to a counsellor if you have symptoms of distress (stress, anxiety, depression, fear of driving) as a result of the accident.
You can also get coverage for couples therapy if the symptoms you are experiencing are affecting your relationships.