Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve never done counselling before. What can I expect?

Above all else, I am here to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to share your thoughts, feelings, values, beliefs, and experiences. As we build our therapeutic relationship, we will work together to determine your goals for counselling and develop healthy strategies to carry forward into your everyday life.

Who typically seeks out counselling with Malory?

I provide individual counselling services to adults who are residents of the province of Nova Scotia (although I am able to work with some participants from other provinces as well). My typical therapy participants are women in midlife transitions, queer young adults (16+), and those seeking deeper connection to self, others, and the larger universe. I welcome participants from all backgrounds and intersections.

What type of issues do you help address in counselling?

My counselling therapy addresses concerns related to:

Therapist and client having a conversation while sitting on a couch.
  • Women’s issues
  • Healthy relationships
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sexuality and gender
  • Childhood emotional neglect
  • Narcissistic abuse
  • Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs)
  • Relationship breakups
  • Codependency
  • Life transitions
  • Queer issues and identities
  • Boundaries and people-pleasing
  • Sexual violence
  • Self-esteem and self-worth
  • Emotional literacy
  • Spirituality & existential concerns (climate change, late-stage capitalism, etc.)
  • Stress management

To talk more about if we would be a good fit for counselling, visit my Contact page.

What fees do you charge?

Payment depends on the type of service provided and is due via e-Transfer at the end of each appointment. Fees are subject to change without notice.

There are two fee structures depending on services requested:

Type of ServiceFeeDurationIncluded Services
Individual counselling$140 (+HST)50-mins– Counselling therapy
WPATH assessment for
gender-affirming care (NS)
$210 (+HST)50-mins– Psychosocial assessment
– Letter of readiness

For WPATH assessments, additional time is billed at $70 (+HST) per 25-minute block if required.

Is counselling therapy covered by my insurance?

Counselling services are not covered under the Nova Scotia provincial health plan (MSI) but may be covered under private insurance. Check with your health insurance provider to ensure they cover “counselling therapy” (also called “psychotherapy”). I am able to direct bill for Medavie Blue Cross plans. For other providers, I will issue you an official receipt which you can submit to your provider for reimbursement if eligible.

What’s your cancellation policy?

Twenty-four (24) hours notice is required for cancellation. Otherwise, you will be charged a missed appointment fee of half the session ($70 +HST), which you must pay before scheduling another appointment.

Where are sessions held?

Currently, all sessions are conducted remotely by virtual counselling using Zoom. Virtual counselling has many benefits, including providing more access to counselling services for low-income, rural, and disabled people.

What are some of Malory’s world views and perspectives?

Although many counsellors strive to leave their political biases at the door, I believe it is ethically prudent for counsellors to be upfront about the assumptions they bring into the therapeutic relationship. In my view, this empowers clients to have an informed choice when selecting a counsellor and minimizes the risk for oppression in counselling via microaggressions, re-traumatization, etc.

Some of the values, beliefs, and perspectives that inform my worldview and my approach to counselling therapy include (but are not limited to):

  • Radical feminism (trans-inclusionary) and sex positivity (acearo-inclusionary, pro choice)
  • Informed consent model for queer and trans-affirmative healthcare
  • Anti-racism and anti-colourism
  • Indigenous sovereignty (land back), decolonization
  • Fat acceptance and anti-ableism
  • Anti-capitalism and anti-fascism
  • Non-pathologizing approach to trauma and mental health
  • Critical of the mental health industrial complex and the DSM-V
Two women (one white, one Black) raising their right fists in solidarity.

Curious about some of the terms and ideas above? Give ’em a goog!

Why “In the Margins?”

Lots of reasons! Here are some inspirations (although I’d be even more curious to hear about yours). In the margins . . .

sociology | those who are on the margins live outside socially accepted norms

feminist theory | the margin is “a space of radical openness” and “place of resistance’ (bell hooks, 1989)

economics | thinking at the margin is to imagine your next step forward