Frequently asked questions

Q: What can I expect from a session with Dr. Spletzer?

A: During the initial session(s), I gather information from the patient (e.g. what brings you to counselling, how long have you been dealing with the issue, what contributes to the problem, etc.) and work towards developing a trusting relationship. Subsequent sessions focus on helping the individual gain a better understanding of their emotional and behavioural patterns and developing problem-solving strategies.

Q: What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?

A: Psychologists in clinical practice have a graduate degree (either masters or doctorate) in clinical or counselling psychology. Psychiatrists have a medical degree, and as such, are able to prescribe medication.

Q: Are your services covered by extended health benefits?

A: Most extended health benefits have some coverage for treatment by a Registered Psychologist.

Q: Do you have weekend or evening appointments?

A: I am available some evenings. Please contact me for days and times.

Q: How long and how often are the sessions? How many sessions are required?

A: Sessions are 50 minutes long. Sessions can be scheduled weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, depending on the reason for therapy. Duration of therapy is individual. A number of factors should be considered:
1.The presenting issue.

2.Your expectations.

3.The type of work you want to do (i.e. coping strategies or in-depth exploration).

4.How long you have been dealing with the problem.

Q: Do you work with children?

A: When working with young children, I work either just with the parent, to develop parenting strategies to help their child, or I see the parent and child together. When I am working with adolescents, depending on the presenting concern, I may see the adolescent individually, with parent(s), or see the child and parent each individually.

Covid 19 Update
Due to social distancing guidelines set by Alberta Health Services to curb the spread of Covid-19, we are pleased to be providing online or phone counselling sessions, effective immediately.

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