Let’s be honest. I could give you the formal spiel of Dochas Psychological Services being a site that helps you embrace the complexities of life by taking you on a path of discovery that results in great self acceptance, awareness, and peace. I could also say we are in Spruce Grove, Alberta and there are a few of us in the office now to meet your needs. BUT, what does that mean for you?
Dochas (“hope” in Gaelic) was founded by Kim Long (me), a base brat (military kid) who has a passion for giving back to those that serve. My belief is we are all beautifully warped and unique and, if given the space to do it, would rise to our most genuine potential. Therapy is about the honest relationship you can build with someone who doesn’t judge you or your experiences. These beliefs are echoed by anyone who provides services through Dochas (like Pooja and Jenny Ann – they’re amazing!).
These findings, frankly, anger me. (Ok, I couldn’t be totally frank because this is supposed to be somewhat professional, but you get the picture.) Why are we allowing those who do the most difficult jobs to suffer? What are the limits to First Responders (you) getting care? One of the things I’ve learned is your insurance coverage for mental health services for isn’t great. Yes, you have some coverage, but the yearly coverage only provides for about 3 sessions. Well, if one of those sessions is intake, then you are only getting two sessions of therapy before you run out of coverage, and this doesn’t consider if you have other family members who also need support because of the work you do.
So, what I’d like to offer is the opportunity to get great services at a lower cost so a) your benefits last longer and b) when they do run out, you are able to continue the work you were doing without a lot of financial stress.
This program would be for those First Responders who:
- Are NOT covered by Veteran’s Affairs or Workman’s Compensation (either by choice or because you don’t qualify)
- Only have access to their benefit provider/no secondary coverage (do not have coverage through another source i.e. spousal/partner)
- Have $1000.00 or less of yearly coverage
- Are willing to see a Provisional Psychologist *(see note)
- Are or have been a First Responder (dispatch, firefighter, EMT, Paramedics, Police, Corrections, Active Military/Veteran), or an immediate family member (partner/spouse, child (13 and up)) of a First Responder
Just complete the online form at or call 780-446-0300 to request an appointment as part of Rising From the Ashes. You will need to present some information to verify your First Responder history/status and proof of benefits (if any).
*Note: A Provisional Psychologist is someone who has completed all their training and they are working on completing 1600 hours of supervised practice. Their supervisor is a Registered Psychologist, so you’re kind of getting two psychologists for the price of one! How cool is that?
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