Low Cost Counselling

Affordable Counselling with Intern Therapists in Surrey, BC

Are you on the lookout for professional counselling services that won't deplete your savings? Let us guide you to an affordable therapy option that offers unique benefits—therapy with intern counsellors. We're committed to making mental health services available and affordable for everyone. Get to know our dedicated intern counsellors, who are currently enrolled in a Master's degree program and supervised by seasoned, licensed professionals. Understand how this distinct therapeutic method can help transform your life. If you're already aware of the benefits and are ready jump in, book your first appointment here.

First, lets introduce our Interns and Low Cost therapists.

Aelaf Kebebu - $50 / 50 minute session

Aelaf Kebebu

Aelaf holds a Masters Degree in Public Health and is a Marriage and Family Therapy graduate student at Trinity Western University. She began her career in the helping profession 15 years ago, working in various organizations that support vulnerable children and families.

In her practice, Aelaf focuses on trauma-responsive care and strength-based approaches. She has extensive experience working with multicultural families and offers culturally sensitive services. As an immigrant woman, she understands the systemic barriers that marginalized communities face and is dedicated to enhancing access to counseling services for vulnerable children and families.

Aelaf places a high value on safety, choice, and collaboration in her work with clients. Her goal is to create a therapeutic environment that is welcoming and safe, enabling clients to be vulnerable and begin their healing journey.

Her therapeutic approach is individualized, respecting the unique needs of each person and family she works with. She utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques, including emotionally focused therapy, Bowen intergenerational therapy, and Narrative therapy. These methods help clients make sense of their relationships with others, rewrite their stories, and reconnect with their experiences in the present.

She is skilled in addressing a range of issues such as premarital circumstances, anxiety, depression, couples issues, gender-based violence, and parenting challenges.

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Micah Jakobs - $50 / 50 minute session

Micah Jacobs Micah is currently pursuing a Master of Counselling degree at City University in Vancouver. She brings a unique perspective as a first-generation immigrant and identifies as a Filipino-Canadian cis-female. Her dedication to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all individuals, particularly people of color (POC), is a central part of her counseling approach. She aims to empower her clients by integrating holistic, evidence-based, and strength-focused practices, helping them discover their inner strength and lead a meaningful life.

In her therapeutic work, Micah primarily operates from a Person-Centered and Emotion-Focused lens, drawing on various approaches like Family Systems Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Grief and Loss, and Attachment Theory. Her goal is to assist clients in addressing distressing thoughts, emotions, or behaviors and shifting their relationship with these experiences to achieve acceptance and live authentically with clarity. She emphasizes providing tangible tools and strategies for personal growth while creating a safe space where clients can be vulnerable.

Furthermore, Micah incorporates mindfulness and somatic practices to enhance awareness of the present moment, ultimately promoting fulfillment and engagement in clients' lives. Her intention is to facilitate positive change and support clients in their journey towards a more authentic and fulfilling life.

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Amandeep Brar - $50 / 50 minute session

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Meet Amandeep, an empathetic and multicultural counsellor with vast experience working with high-risk youth and their families. Her therapeutic approach is trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and tailored to the diverse backgrounds and experiences of her clients. Amandeep applies various approaches, including Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioural, and Mindfulness theories to help those grappling with anxiety, trauma, or those simply new to therapy. Her approach to counselling is rooted in creating a safe and trusting environment where clients are treated with kindness, acceptance, and openness. Amandeep works with children, youth, and adults in an individual, couples, or family format.

As a counsellor, Amandeep's mission is to empower clients with choices in their therapeutic journey, co-creating a unique toolbox that aids in emotional identification and management. She considers it a privilege to walk alongside her clients on their path to self-reflection and healing.

Amandeep's commitment to understanding and relating to people from all walks of life allows her to offer a supportive environment for youth, adolescents, families, and couples. As a first-generation Southeast Asian woman of colour, she understands the pressures of balancing bicultural upbringing with family expectations and peer interactions. These personal experiences have not only shaped her understanding of mental health but also inspired her dedication to providing support for others.

No matter where you're coming from or what you're dealing with, Amandeep is looking forward to working with you, providing a safe space for exploration, growth, and healing.

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Affordable Therapy: A Closer Look at Working with Reduced-Rate Intern Counsellors 

Discovering cost-effective mental health services can be a daunting task. Often, the fees for sessions with registered clinicians can render therapy unachievable, especially for those without insurance coverage. In the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, these rates can range from $130 - 250 per hourly session. However, therapy with interns offers a promising alternative. Engaging with intern counsellors gives you access to exceptional care at significantly lower rates, making therapy more accessible and providing an opportunity for interns to hone their skills under expert guidance.

What is an Intern Counsellor? 

Intern counsellors are dedicated students pursuing Master's degrees in counselling or related fields. Fueled by a profound passion for aiding others and armed with the newest knowledge and techniques in mental health, they offer a safe and supportive atmosphere for clients. Under the guidance of seasoned licensed clinicians, intern counsellors commit to continuous learning, ensuring clients receive top-tier care at reduced rates.

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Why Choose Therapy with Intern Counsellors?

Cost Efficiency: One of the standout advantages of working with intern counsellors is the considerable reduction in therapy costs. This cost-effective solution enables individuals to receive ongoing, high-quality care without the financial strain often associated with traditional therapy. Through affordable therapy, your mental wellness can take priority without unsettling your financial balance.

Regular and Consistent Sessions: Therapy works best when there is consistency. Regular weekly sessions help maintain momentum in the therapeutic process and reinforce the tools and strategies being developed. The affordability of intern counsellors makes this continuity more accessible, allowing for more frequent, consistent sessions that can lead to more profound, lasting change.

Innovative Insights: Intern counsellors bring a fresh perspective to the therapy process. As they are currently engaged in their academic journeys, they're updated with the latest research and evidence-based practices. This innovative approach can offer new insights and alternative methods to traditional therapy, fostering client growth. By working with an intern counsellor, you can benefit from their creative thinking and their zeal for learning.

Fostering Strong Therapeutic Bonds: Intern counsellors invest time and effort in forming robust therapeutic relationships with their clients. As their training mandates supervised clinical experience, they're focused on fostering a safe, non-judgmental space for open client expression. Engaging with an intern counsellor can help establish a nurturing relationship that enhances therapy and encourages personal growth.

Reliable Supervision: Intern counsellors work under the supervision of experienced licensed clinicians who support their practice. This oversight guarantees that clients maintain a high standard of care throughout their therapeutic journey. The collaboration between interns and their supervisors ensures client needs are met and therapeutic goals are effectively reached, providing peace of mind for clients knowing that a seasoned mentor guides their intern counsellor.

Customized Care: Intern counsellors typically handle fewer cases than experienced therapists, which allows them to dedicate more time and attention to each client. When working with an intern, you'll experience a personalized approach that meets your unique needs. The intern's dedication to learning often translates to deeper engagement and commitment to your mental health.

Insurance and Payments

While the cost efficiency of intern counsellors makes our services more accessible, especially to those without third-party medical insurance, we understand that every financial situation is unique.

For those with medical insurance, your plan may cover counselling services provided by intern therapists under the supervision of a registered clinician. If you're unsure about your policy's coverage, we recommend contacting your insurer directly to confirm eligibility. This ensures you have a clear understanding of what services are covered and any associated limitations.

Please note, the registration number of the supervising clinician will be included on invoices, which you may need to provide to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Affordable Therapy at Sojourn: How to Get Started

  1. Browse and Book: To start your journey with us, visit our online booking portal where you can explore our therapists' schedules and detailed bios. Take your time to choose a therapist whose approach resonates with you and aligns with your needs. Once you've made your selection, you can conveniently book an appointment directly through the portal.
  2. Complete Your Intake Form: After your booking has been confirmed, we will send you a link to an online intake form. This form will ask you some basic questions about your background, current challenges, and therapy goals. Completing this form helps us better understand your needs and ensures that your counselling session is as productive as possible.
  3. Join Your Session: On the day of your appointment, you have the option to either arrive at our clinic or log in to your virtual session, depending on your preference. Rest assured, your intern therapist will be ready and waiting for you.

If you have any questions or concerns about the process, or if you need any assistance at any point, don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected]. We're here to support you every step of the way on your therapeutic journey. Your wellbeing is our priority, and we strive to make starting therapy with us as smooth and straightforward as possible.

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