Fees & Billing for Therapy and Assessment
Fees to See a Psychologist in Halifax
How much does therapy or assessment cost?
- At present, the recommended therapy fee for private practice Psychologists in Nova Scotia is $190 per clinical hour. This fee is set by the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia.
- Fees across Nova Scotia will soon be increasing. Therapy fees will be $210 on September 1st, 2021.
- The fee for couples counselling is $200 per clinical hour.
- Couples counselling will be $220 on September 1st, 2021.
Are you a university or college student?
Tip 1: Most universities in Halifax (including Dalhousie University, Saint Mary's University, and Mount Saint Vincent University) offer 100% coverage for students to see private practice psychologists off campus! Check out the links above, review your university health plan, or consult your student association for more details.
Tip 2: For international students, we also support the Student VIP insurance program through Blue Cross.
What other fees do you charge?
We do not charge any additional fees (e.g., credit card processing fees).
What taxes are charged to see a psychologist?
Simple answer: None. There is no GST or HST charge. You pay only the rate for service - no additional fees, charges, or taxes.
How does insurance coverage work?
In Nova Scotia (and in Canada in general), the fees for psychologists & counsellors are not covered by your general health plan (i.e., the MSI card you use when you visit a physician). However if you have private insurance, insurance from your workplace, or your school, the fees for our psychologists and counsellors are usually covered.
Popular insurance plans offering coverage at Green Leaf Psychological include (but are not limited to):
For our child, adolescent, and adult assessments (e.g., ADHD, IQ, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities) we may be able to offer direct billing to your insurance company.
Depending on what is allowed by your policy provider (e.g., Blue Cross, Green Shield), we may be able to offer direct billing for therapy.
If we are not able to direct bill, our psychologists are all registered with the major insurance providers and our clients report that reimbursement is very fast and straightforward. In fact, if you use your insurance provider's app, we will give you a digital receipt and reimbursement often happens the very same day!
Please check with your insurance provider about your specific coverage for psychological services.
Can I claim fees for psychologists on my taxes?
Yes. Fees for therapy or assessment at our clinic can be claimed as a medical expense when you file your taxes. Save your receipts!