Fee Schedule

Fee Schedule a/o November 1, 2019

The following fee schedule is in place to reflect some of our cost to provide professional therapy. Our therapists are professionally trained and are compensated accordingly.

All clients are asked to contribute some portion of the cost of their therapy. We have learned that when clients contribute to the cost of their therapy, they take the therapy more seriously and thereby make greater progress.

Please also check to see whether your employer provides any employee assistance funds. 

NB: The NDP government announced earlier in 2019 a $10 million program specifically designed to subsidize therapeutic care provided by non-profit agencies such as ours. Between that announcement and the final award, the funds were directed to agencies that did not meet the program requirements. Our agency, with the hundreds of clients we help annually, was not among those granted funds under this program. The same thing happened to two dozen other non-profit professional therapeutic counselling agencies in the province. This has had a devastating impact on our ability to provide low cost care, and we can no longer say “No one is turned away because of an inability to pay.”

This is not the first time the BC government refused to provide our agency funding for providing professional counselling services for the most vulnerable of our society. In 2019, the Gaming Fund reduced our funds from $32,500 to $25,000 without explanation.

The BC Government and its various agencies have declined to provide any other funding despite a doubling of the number of clients served, and our expanded reach to Oceanside and the Comox Valley. This has had the perverse result of creating a disincentive to doing more to help our most vulnerable.

If you believe the NDP government needs to provide more resources for Island Integrated Counselling and agencies like ours, please contact your MLA.

Fee per session (Fee after required increase noted in parentheses)

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Fee                  Annual household income

$10                 Less than $10,000

$20 —              $11,000-$19,999

$30 —              $20,000-$29,999

$40 —              $30,000-$39,999

(Above fees now increased to $35 to see a practicum student and $60 to see a certified / registered therapist.)

$50 —              $40,000-$49,999

(Now $45 to see a practicum student and $65 to see a certified / registered therapist.)

$60 —              $50,000-$59,999

(Now $50 to see a practicum student and $70 to see a registered therapist.)

$70 —              $60,000-$69,999

(Now $55 to see a practicum student and $75 to see a registered therapist.)

$80 —              $70,000-$79,999

(Now $60 to see a practicum student and $85 to see a registered therapist.)

$90 —              $80,000 – $84,999

(Now $60 to see a practicum student and $95 to see a registered therapist.)

$100 —            $85,000-$89,999

(Now $60 to see a practicum student and $105 to see a registered therapist.)

$110 —            $90,000-$94,999

(Now $60 to see a practicum student and $115 to see a registered therapist.)

$120 —            $94,000-$99,999

(Now $60 to see a practicum student and $125 to see a registered therapist.)

$130 —             $100,000+

(Now $60 to see a practicum student and $130 to see a registered therapist.)

We gratefully acknowledge the $1,000 financial contribution of Wal-Mart Canada, which provided subsidized care for 25 client sessions for those unable to pay more than $20. Each donation of $40 covers the cost of subsidizing one client session.

Fees are partially subsidized by the Government of British Columbia Gaming Fund. Fees are also partially subsidized by our therapists who have agreed to work at a reduced rate during this period of BC Government funding reduction and our rapid growth. Asking them to continue to do so past February of 2020 is not sustainable, and our capacity to serve the most hurting of our communities will be severely compromised.

We have requested funding from the Gaming Fund of $77,000 for the period February 2020 to January 2021. If this funding level is approved, we will be able to resume offering subsidies to low income clients. If the Gaming Fund provides a reduced amount from our funding request, the sustainability of our agency will be at risk.