Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. What is the no-risk coffee?
  • A. Deciding to work with a psychologist is a major decision, and research shows that one of the most important factors in making your experience successful is feeling comfortable with that person. Some psychologists do offer free telephone consultations, but the best indicator of fit is a face to face meeting. To help you decide if Tanja's approach will work for you, the first consultation is always at no cost. It is an opportunity for you to meet Tanja, tell her a bit about your situation, and make an informed decision about whether to continue working with her or not. Also, it is an opportunity for Tanja to ensure that she is the best person to help you with the issue you are struggling with.
  • Q. Are my sessions with a psychologist confidential?
  • A. Everything that you talk about with a psychologist is confidential, and the information can only be released with your written consent. However, there are some exceptions if there is a risk of suicide or harm to another person.
  • Q. What is the difference between a psychologist, a psychiatrist, and a therapist or life coach?
  • A. A psychologist is someone who has specialized in psychology, has attained at least a Master's degree in psychology, and has successfully completed one year of supervised training along with the appropriate licensing exams. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has specialized in working with psychiatric issues, and a therapist or life coach is someone who may or may not have completed relevant educational training.
  • Q. What is the cost for services, and is it covered under Alberta Health Care?
  • A. The fee for Dr. Tanja's specialized couples work is $225.00 per session, and for individual work it is $200.00 per session. Alberta Health Care does not cover the costs for psychological services, but you may have coverage with your extended health care provider.
  • Q. How long does counselling take?
  • A. There are many factors that impact the length of counselling including what the presenting problem is and how long the issue has been a problem. Also, if the issue involves you and your partner, that will impact the length of counselling. The most important factors though, are how motivated you are to make changes and the fit between you and your psychologist. If the approach makes sense to you and you are willing/ready to take the appropriate steps that you and your psychologist have agreed upon, you will notice some changes fairly quickly.
  • Q. What are some other resources on the web?
  • A. Here are some links to some great sites with interesting information for you to read: