Frequently Asked Questions

Can you tell me more about the Next Top Spiritual Author Competition?
What is your philosophy as a mentor?
What is animal assisted therapy?
What is joy?
Is everything I say confidential in counselling?
What is your theoretical orientation?
What is art therapy?
How do I become an art therapist in Canada?
Is the profession of art therapy ‘recognized’ in Canada?
Do I have to do my own art therapy in order to become an art therapist?
How do I specialize in sexual abuse/assault counselling?
What professional associations do you belong to?
What are your fees?
What are your fees for counselling?
What are your fees for distance counselling through the Distance Support Program?
What are your fees for consultation?
What are your fees for supervision?
What are your fees for professional mentoring?
What are your fees for specialized sexual abuse professional consultations?
What are your fees for workshops?
Do your fees slide?
How does your sliding scale work?
What insurance information do I need?
Do you have any comments that people say about you?

Can you tell me more about the Next Top Spiritual Author Competition?

Dr. Duanita's book, My Journey Through Acting School was entered into the 2010 Next Top Spiritual Author Competition where it was voted into the top 10% of entries worldwide. You can read what people had to say about this book by clicking here.

What is your philosophy as a mentor?

My philosophy as a mentor has always been to support those I teach, supervise and consult with to the point where they far exceed any success that I have been able to achieve for myself. This is why I wrote the Program to Activate your Business Consciousness, so that you may have easy access to information that took me decades to discover because I had to learn through experience. I am hopeful that this course can help you learn through my accumulated decades of experience in private practice and therefore greatly accelerate your journey to success.

What is animal assisted therapy?

Dr. Duanita currently works in her studio and used to have two canine co-therapists and enjoyed dog assisted therapy as a specialization.

Nikki was a character who brought joy to people in seconds. He was a ten year old Jack Russell terrier crossed with a Chihuahua. In the playroom he was especially helpful with children who needed to learn how to laugh and play. He specialized in ‘fetch’ therapy, ‘chase me’ therapy, and ‘Nikki in the middle’. His early training in search and rescue came in handy in the playroom during “Search” games where he gets to find treats. Nikki reported enjoying this work the best.

Angel was an 11 year old golden retriever who spent the first 8 years of her life helping blind people as a formally trained Seeing Eye dog. She came to the playroom upon her retirement several years ago.

Angel was especially gifted in giving love to all those who needed it (whether they wanted it or not). She was phenomenally astute in going up to a grieving person at just the right moment in order to facilitate expressions of loss within a strong container of caring. She gave her body for hugs freely to foster children and children in need of warmth and comfort who were often unable to accept such comfort from people.

HOW DO THE DOGS ASSIST IN THERAPY?
STORIES


An ANGEL THROUGH THE ‘BIRTHING’ PROCESS

A client recently emailed a note of gratitude to Nikki and Angel for the help that they gave her. She and her husband came in for crisis counselling during one of the most difficult times in a domestic adoption process. The baby had just been born and just a little bit early, before any official paperwork had been processed. Though everyone’s intentions in the situation were that the couple was to be the child’s adopted parents, the little one’s early birth and a stay at the hospital all made for a very complicated and highly anxious situation.


As the woman and her husband talked Angel instinctively moved beside her and leaned up against her leg. In her note of gratitude to Angel the woman wrote about how significant this act on Angel’s part was to her. She spoke about how she felt herself ground through the weight of Angel’s body against her leg. He spoke about how comforting the warmth from Angel’s soft, furry body felt to her at a time where she felt she was going crazy with anxiety, despair, fear and concern that her much desired baby girl might not come to her.

She then spoke about how during all of the scary times in the whole process (in the hospital; in bed at night worrying that something might happen to prevent their adoption from going smoothly) she would remember this particular moment she had shared privately with Angel during her time in counselling. It was this kinetic memory of grounding through Angel’s body that she would rely on to keep herself from going crazy with worry and fear through the birthing process of their adoption.

Once the happy ending occurred and their new adopted baby was safely home with them this woman remembered the profound gift that Angel had given her and wrote to thank her for guiding her through the darkness of that part of their journey.

WHAT IS JOY?
ASK A GOOFY CANINE CO-THERAPIST


I remember the very day that a nine year old native girl sat on my couch in the playroom and asked me very seriously: “What is joy?” How do you explain a feeling like joy? How do you assist someone to feel joy when they are from such a deprived and abusive background that joy feels like some alien that they have never experienced.

As I sat there at a loss regarding how I might answer this question, Nikki, my canine-co-therapist jumped into action. Round and round and round he went, just at that moment deciding to chase his tail. I began to clap and sing the song which encouraged him in his silliness.

The young client sat, at first just watching the silliness with very wide eyes. Then suddenly, as Nikki changed directions she began to giggle. As the song and the clapping and the dance continued the child was soon on her feet, laughing and chasing Nikki, who had proceeded to teach her how to play “Chase”.

As she plopped back on the couch after their game and gave a big contented sigh, I smiled back and said “Now there is the answer to your question. That is joy.”

Is everything I say confidential in counselling?

Everything said in sessions is confidential with the following three exceptions:

1. I am required to notify the appropriate authorities in cases where I learn about child abuse.
2. I am required to notify the appropriate authorities if a client makes serious, credible threats to harm themselves or any other person.
3. The courts can subpoena information from me in certain legal situations. If any of these three situations were to occur, I would discuss the need to break confidentiality with you, if possible, before doing so.

What is your theoretical orientation?

Eclectic. I draw on elements from the humanistic (Rogers, Adler), cognitive/behavioral, psychodynamic (Jung), and transpersonal psychology (Groth) schools of thought depending on the situation and client(s) that I am dealing with.

What is art therapy?

Art therapy is a way of working with the creative process of art making in healing on a physical, mental and/or emotional level. Engaging in a creative process can be inherently therapeutic. The images produced are often helpful in communicating emotions and experiences. No artistic skill is required to participate in art therapy. For more information about art therapy please visit the American Art Therapy Association website.

How do I become an art therapist in Canada?

In order to become an art therapist in Canada you must first get a University Undergraduate degree. Students that apply to art therapy programs come from either a background in counselling or a background in the arts.

Once you go to University and graduate with your undergraduate then you can apply for art therapy programs. Completion of most programs results in getting your Masters Diploma in Art Therapy. A program in Canada where you can get a dual Masters degree in counselling and education is at Adler University in Vancouver, BC (MCP: Art Therapy). There are many University degree programs, however, that offer a specialization in art therapy.

For more information on art therapy schools in Canada visit
http://www.arttherapyblog.com/schools/canada-schools-programs/#.VIn6tMJuiUk

When you review programs, ensure that you take note of which programs give you a degree, which are a diploma and which are certificates in order that you enrol in a program that will meet your working needs as a professional.

Is the profession of art therapy ‘recognized’ in Canada?

This is a question that many people ask because the profession is considered a relatively ‘new’ field in Canada. Working with art for purposes of healing, however, has been around for a long time.

Because art therapy is relatively “new” in Canada, usually the best way for you to be recognized as an art therapist is to have a degree as a counsellor as well. Art therapists that are also Registered Clinical Counsellors, Registered Social Workers or have other profession degrees get the most recognition with regard to job opportunities in government agencies, private organizations, health organizations, private insurance coverage for clients, and contract work in private practice.

When you have art therapy training and a degree you are actually very appealing to employers as a counsellor. Meta-verbal skills are really necessary in many settings and having the art therapy training makes you much more employable as a counsellor, especially if this is in combination with another graduate degree. Research in the area of trauma, for example, is now showing that trauma is held in non-languaging areas of the brain which means that meta-verbal therapies may be the best to access and heal such deep wounds.

Do I have to do my own art therapy in order to become an art therapist?

Always remember that one of the very best ways to learn to be an art therapist is to begin to do your own art therapy. Look around for art therapy groups and/or an art therapist to work with where you live. When you do the art therapy yourself, you will get an understanding and experience that far exceeds the academic training you will require.

How do I specialize in sexual abuse/assault counselling?

Regarding specializing in sexual abuse/rape, once again the best way to learn is by actually volunteering to counsel at a place where you will get experience. Wherever you are in the world, just Google up local crisis lines that deal with sexual assault/rape/abuse. Usually they have excellent training programs and then you get to begin counselling immediately as a volunteer and get experience. Another good place to volunteer is at battered women shelters. In both these places you will immerse in the issues with counsellors doing the work around you...and your learning will be accelerated.

What professional associations do you belong to?

I am registered with the British Columbia Association of Social Workers (BCASW);  the British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW), the British Columbia Art Therapy Association (BCATA); the Canadian Art Therapy Association(CATA); and the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). I adhere to codes of ethics of my professional associations, and carry full professional liability insurance through Aon Reed Stenhouse.

What are your fees?

Fees may be paid privately, through employers for supervision/consultation, through agencies (for example, Choices Adoption Services), through government programs (for example, Residential Historical Treatment Program (RHAP), Deaf and Hard of Hearing Well Being Program (WBP), Psychological Assessment and Short Term Services (PASTS), through Employee Assistance Programs (for example, Ceridian Lifeworks, Wilson Banwell Human Solutions, Humanicare), through insurance companies (for example, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia), and/or through Health and Welfare Canada- Native Affairs.

What are your fees for counselling?

Thank you for your enquiry regarding counselling services.

The cost of counselling varies depending on whether or not you have insurance and the type of insurance you have. Always call your Human Resources and ask if you have an Employee Assistance Program. If so, ask if it covers a Registered Clinical Social Worker, how much it covers per year, if it is a calendar year or fiscal year, and what the maximum is that they cover per session. This will give you a good idea of your coverage.

The Private Practice rates for counselling are $196.00 per hour plus GST. There are a limited number of sliding scale spots held for people requiring financial assistance. 

The way the sliding scale works is that you determine what it is that you can afford and you slide it as your circumstances change. The rate is decided at the first counselling session when, after hearing more of your story and needs, I can give you more of an idea about the frequency of visits that you may require. From there, you will be able to determine an amount that can work within your means at this time.

Counselling begins at the first meeting. Payment happens at the end of each session.

If cost or location does not work for you, then I might be able to help by referring you to another counsellor in another location or at a different fee scale.

I hope that this is helpful and answers your question.

Feel free to call me if you have any questions or need any further information at 604-988-5689. More information about Counselling Services

What are your fees for distance counselling through the Distance Support Program?

The rates are $55 Canadian per 15 minute period rounded up to the nearest 15 minute period or $220 per hour. Sliding scale is available. More information about Distance Counselling

What are your fees for consultation?

Consultation is provided by Dr. Duanita for other counsellors, psychologists, clinical social workers, art therapists, play therapists, expressive therapists and other professionals.

Regular in-person consultation rates are $225 per hour + GST.

For Distance Consultations the rates are as follows:

15 minutes = $55 + GST
30 minutes = $110 + GST
45 minutes = $165 + GST
60 minutes = $220 + GST

A limited number of places on a sliding scale for professionals are provided. Please check with Dr. Duanita for availability. The way the sliding scale works is that you determine what it is that you can afford and you slide the rate as your circumstances change. Consultations begin at the first meeting. Payment arrangements are made then.

Cash, cheques, Paypal and credit card payment is available. Payment can be made through the MentoringStore or you can mail in a cheque or provide Dr. Duanita with a credit card number and she will ring it through for you.

Remember to save all of your consultation receipts because they are allowable expenses under "Professional Services" or sometimes under "Professional Education" for income tax purposes.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dr. Duanita at 604-988-5689 or email. More information about Consultation Services

What are your fees for supervision?

Fees for supervision are $250 per hour plus GST. More information about Supervision Services

What are your fees for professional mentoring?

Fees for professional mentoring range from $350 to $700 per hour plus GST. For counsellors that I already have a working relationship with I also provide distance telephone consultations as needed. Often counsellors have only a brief question or two, therefore, 15 minutes consultations are available for $55/each. Sessions are rounded up or down to the nearest 15 minute interval. These can be paid online, over the phone with a credit card or you can mail in a cheque.

A limited number of sliding scale spaces are available. Check with Dr. Duanita if one is currently open. The way the sliding scale works is that you determine what it is that you can afford at this time and you slide it as your circumstances change.

Mentoring begins with the first meeting. Payment arrangements are made at that time.

Remember to save all of your consultation receipts because they are allowable expenses under "Professional Services" or sometimes under "Professional Education" for income tax purposes.

What are your fees for specialized sexual abuse professional consultations?

Fees for specialized sexual abuse professional consultations are $700 per hour plus GST. More information about Specialized Sexual Abuse Professional Consultations

What are your fees for workshops?

Please contact us for details on fees for workshops.

Do your fees slide?

Yes. The cost of counselling varies depending on whether or not you have insurance and the type of insurance you have. Always call your Human Resources and ask if you have an Employee Assistance Program. If so, ask if it covers a Registered Clinical Social Worker, how much it covers per year, if it is a calendar year or fiscal year, and what the maximum is that they cover per session. This will give you a good idea of your coverage. On my private practice caseload a limited number of spaces are available as eligible for sliding scale.

How does your sliding scale work?

There are a limited number of sliding scale spots held on the caseload for people requiring financial assistance. It is important to check for availability.

The way the sliding scale works is that you determine what it is that you can afford at the time and you slide it as your circumstances change. The rate is decided at the first counselling session when, after hearing more of your story and needs, you will receive more of an idea about the frequency of visits that you may require. From there, you will be able to determine an amount that can work within your means at any given time.

If cost or location does not work for you, you can be referred to another counsellor in another location or at a different fee scale.

What insurance information do I need?

There are 6 important questions to ask your insurance company before attending counselling. Please read the section on Insurance Information for details.

Do you have any comments that people say about you?

"Duanita is an educator, a clinical social worker, a registered art therapist, an inspirational speaker and a published writer.

Duanita is my mentor. She is a fire cracker. She has more energy than four of me. She is a straight shooter. She is vibrant, intelligent, elegant and funny.

Duanita is an old soul. She thinks outside the box on many magical, symbolic levels.

Duanita has been a therapist for many years. She has worked with children and their families, individuals and groups using many different approaches, including art therapy.

She has experience with children’s as well as teenager and adult issues.

I trust Duanita whole heartedly. "

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Animal Assisted Therapy
Art Therapy: Conversations in Cleaning
Art Therapy Education: ‘Winter White’ at Adler University
Art Therapy With Children, Visioning Your Practice: An Activity
Child Art Therapy Scribbles And Squiggles
Creating A Healing Art Therapy Space, Five Considerations
Canadian Journal Of Art Therapy, 'Changing The World Through The Arts'
Conference Proceedings, 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference On Education
Dancing For Wellness, Expressive Therapy
Going Into Private Counselling Practice
How Do I Talk To My Children About Going to a Counselor?
The Geometry Of Life by Dr. Evangeline Rand PhD
The Mentoring Store: How the Website Got Its Name
Therapy Guidelines, Handling Disclosures Of Child Sexual Abuse, British Columbia, Canada
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