Selecting a counselor is a highly personal matter. A professional who works well with one individual may not be a good choice for another person. It is important to find a good fit between you and your counselor. Selecting a counselor is a decision that should not be made until you have had a full discussion with the professional about their qualifications, areas of practice and methods of treatment.
This list has been compiled from a variety of sources as a public service and is believed to be accurate. The information is provided to help survivors find a support person they can work with in their path to recovery. Nothing contained in this list should be considered a reference or recommendation for any of the professionals or counseling services listed.
How do I pay for counseling?
One of the most common concerns abuse survivors face is how they can afford counseling
and/or psychological treatment. Money should never be a barrier to receiving appropriate
counseling. However, the sad fact is that most abuse survivors who need counseling are not in a
position to be able to afford it.
Some survivors simply don’t realize that there are different potential sources of financial help that
may enable them to pay for the counseling that they need.
Common Payment Options:
Cash: All health professionals will accept cash to provide treatment. This is of course usually the biggest barrier for most survivors. They simply don’t have the money to pay for the counseling that they need.
Insurance: If you have private medical insurance there is a good chance your policy has coverage for counseling. If you have private medical insurance you should get a copy of your policy and read it, or contact your insurance company to ask if the policy covers the cost of private counseling. Your insurance company will have customer service representatives that can explain the policy benefits to you.
Doctor Referral: If you are referred by your family doctor to a psychiatrist, your provincial medical insurance program will pay for the treatment. However, many psychiatrists do not make a practice of providing ongoing treatment to abuse survivors. Those that do, often have long waiting lists. You may have to wait for several months for an appointment. Before you are referred to a psychiatrist ask your doctor if the psychiatrist specializes in trauma and treating persons who have experienced sexual abuse.
Victims Services: If there has been a police report or criminal investigation regarding the abuse that you suffered, you or your family may be eligible for counseling from a psychologist or social worker or therapist from the provincial Victims Services program.
For example, in Nova Scotia, if you have been the victim of a crime committed in Nova Scotia, you may be eligible for funding to pay for professional counseling through the Criminal Injury Counseling Program.
Counseling is provided by private counselors in the community who have been approved to be part of the Criminal Injury Counseling Program.
Private Agencies: There are many private agencies and organizations that provide counseling to abuse survivors. You may be able to receive counseling through your local sexual assault centre, mental health centre or women’s resource centre.
Maritime Directory of Services
You can find our free Maritime Directory of Services at the link provided.
Educating Survivors About Their Legal Options
John McKiggan wrote Breaking the Silence: The Survivor’s Guide to Abuse Compensation Claims to answer many of the common questions survivors have about criminal charges, lawsuits and what the court can do to help survivors of childhood abuse.
Contact Us If You Need Help!
If you or your family have suffered as a result of childhood sexual abuse, you can call McKiggan Hebert toll free in Atlantic Canada at (877) 423-2050 or contact us online for a free copy of John McKiggan’s book, The Survivor’s Guide to Abuse Compensation Claims. For more information you can also take a look at John McKiggan’s Sexual Abuse Claims Blog.
Sexual Abuse Resources:
- Breaking the Silence: The Survivor’s Guide to Sexual Abuse Claims (Free Book for Abuse Survivors)
- Map of Sexual Abuse Incidents by Priests and Clergy, 1962-Present
- Legal Options for Sexual Abuse Victims
- Repressed Memory
- Sexual Abuse by Catholic Priests: Can a Diocese be Held Responsible for Abuse?
- Statute of Limitations in a Sexual Abuse Case
- The Psychological Assessment: Proving Harm in Abuse Claims
- Who Do I Sue: Vicarious Liability for Sexual Abuse Claims
Cases We’ve Handled:
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit
- Kenneth Estabrooks Abuse Lawsuit
- Kenneth Estabrooks (Saint John NB)
- Reverend Robert Joseph McDougall
- Sexual Abuse by Priests and Other Clergy
- Father Hugh Vincent MacDonald (Antigonish Diocese)
- Father Clair Richard (Antigonish Diocese)
- Father Claude Richard (Antigonish Diocese)
- Father James Mombourquette (Antigonish Diocese)
- Father Raoul Deveau (Yarmouth Diocese)
- Father John Mitchell (Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia & P.E.I.)
- Father Levi Noel (Bathurst Diocese)
- Father Albert LeBlanc (Yarmouth Diocese)
- Rino Deschenes (Edmundston Diocese)
- Rev. Yvon Arsenault (Moncton Diocese)
- Cesar Lalo (former NS probation officer): Lalo is one of Nova Scotia’s most prolific serial sexual abusers. He was convicted of sexually assaulting 29 boys from 1973 to 1989 while working as a probation officer and social worker with the province of Nova Scotia. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.
- Karl Toft (former Boy Scout Leader and former Kingsclear guard): Toft is a convicted sex offender and pedophile who admitted to an estimated 200 sexual assaults while he was working as a guard at the Kingsclear Youth Training Centre in Kingsclear, New Brunswick. Toft also volunteered as a Scout Leader with Boy Scouts Canada. Scouts Canada removed him as a Scout Leader in 1972 after a picture surfaced of a nude scout member taken in Toft’s camper. Toft was convicted of 34 sex-related charges and in December 1992 he was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
- George Totten (former Boy Scout Leader): George Totten was a Boy Scout Leader in Saint John New Brunswick for almost 30 years.
- Walter Larry Belyea: Former Woodstock New Brunswick police officer. Belyea served with the police force for 11 years. Belyea was convicted of three counts of sexual assault and sentenced to 3 months in jail and 11 months probation for sexual assaults against 3 boys under the age of 17.