When can I see you?
I work 2 evenings a week (Mondays at 6:30 and Thursdays at 4 pm and 5:30). Daytime appointments are available on Thursdays afternoons and Friday's. Friday appointments are booked at 60 to 90 minute intervals starting at 9:30 am. Know that evening appointment spaces are highly requested and are booked on a first-come first-serve basis. I do not book appointments through text messages or email - you will need to speak with me by phone in order to book.
How long are the sessions?
The first session usually lasts 80 minutes, follow up sessions usually last 50 minutes. EMDR sessions can be anywhere from 50 - 80 minutes - we will work until the issue is resolved or we are at a good "stopping place".
What are your fees?
Can I use my insurance benefits?
What if I don't have insurance and can't afford those fees?
If you live in the Taber area, you are very lucky because there are excellent free counselling resources available. Consider the following local programs:
What is EMDR Therapy?
EMDR stands for "Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing" which is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective with trauma. I have experienced EMDR both from the perspective of the therapist and from the perspective of the client and I have found it to be the most effective and efficient way of making deep and lasting life changes. It is appropriate for both "Big T Trauma" and "Small t trauma". In my private practice (Joy Rising) I work primarily with small "t" trauma. EMDR is appropriate for use with both children and adults.
What are your professional qualifications?
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and a Master's Degree in Social Work specializing in clinical practice. I have worked in the Taber Mental Health Clinic for 26 years providing individual and family counselling. I am a registered with the Alberta College of Social Work (#892), and am also a member of the ACSW Clinical Specialty Registry (#37). I stay current by attending advanced professional training every year. Below is a list of relevant training:
Although I highly value professional training, no academic qualification replaces the importance of a "good fit" between client and therapist. It really matters that you feel valued, respected, and understood. The only real way for you to check with the "fit" of a therapist is to talk with them by phone or in person.
How can I be sure that my private information will be kept confidential?
The information that you share in counselling is considered confidential and will not be shared with others. If I want to speak to someone about your situation, I will ask you to sign a consent form identifying what information is to be sought/shared and with whom it will be shared.
There are some important exceptions to the rule of confidentiality. If you tell me that you or someone else is at risk of being harmed (for example by homicide or suicide) I am legally obliged to take steps to try to protect the potential victim. This may involve notifying the police or seeking hospitalization for the person at risk. If you tell me that a child is at risk of being harmed by a caregiver, I am legally obliged to report this to Child Protective Services. It is also possible for records to be subpoenaed through a court order - but remember that no one will know that the records exist unless you choose to tell them that you are in counselling and where you are receiving services.
Contact me: Kirsten Ferguson at (403)331-0352
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How I work & "What is EMDR Therapy?"