Many extended medical plans cover Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC), so check with your provider what the yearly claimable limit is, whether there is a cap on each individual session, and whether they can be billed directly by the RCC, in which case I can bill them directly . I will provide a receipt at the end of the session upon receiving payment, and the receipt can be submitted to your insurance provider for reimbursement.
The following plans are known to cover some or all of counselling provided by a RCC:
Great West Life
Pacific Blue Cross
Green Shield Insurance
Employee Assistance Programs
Non-Insured Health Benefits for Aboriginal people or other publicly funded services
*Family Assistance Programs
*Workers Compensation Board (WCB)
* ICBC (if involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident causing anxiety and trauma you may get approval for counselling)
*Depends on your reasons for seeking counselling and requires proper approval from the company.
If you find that RCC visits are not covered under your plan, you may want to contact your employer, Human Resources Department, or insurance company directly to request a small change to the plan’s coverage. This isn’t difficult, doesn’t cost the employer anything, and at the same time increases your employee benefits. Most employers like to increase the amount of benefits that their employees can access, especially when it does not cost the employer any additional fee. Often, plans will cover visits to a Psychologist but not a qualified RCC who is less expensive. By adjusting the plan to include RCC’s, your counselling dollars will actually go further. Please use the link below to access a document with the information you will need to put into your own letter when making this request.
Click here to download the letter