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Frequently Asked Questions



What is a psychologist?
Psychologists complete graduate level university degrees in the study of how people think, feel, and act. Clinical psychologists are specially trained in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological difficulties, delays, and disorders. As a psychologist with a doctorate specific to clinical child psychology, I have completed extensive graduate level training in the area of child and adolescent psychology.

What does it mean that you are a “registered” psychologist?
Upon completion of graduate training, psychologists then become registered in Nova Scotia once they have met post-graduate supervised practice requirements, as well as passed written and oral licensing exams. The practice of a registered psychologist is regulated by the profession’s provincial licensing body (i.e., the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology), which helps to ensure that its members are appropriately trained and meet a high standard of care. I’m a Registered Psychologist in the province of Nova Scotia (Registration # R0595).

Will my family’s information be kept confidential?
Information shared to a psychologist is confidential. Your family’s information will not be disclosed to others without your consent, except in specific circumstances (for example, if there are concerns regarding a child’s safety, if a court orders that records are disclosed). At the first appointment, I will review the limits of confidentiality with you.

Is a referral needed to make an appointment?
No, you do not need a referral. You may set up an appointment by calling 902.802.5391. Although not required, referrals are welcomed from professionals working with your child, such as family physicians, pediatricians, teachers, speech-language pathologists, early interventionists, and other psychologists. Referrals are accepted by phone (902.802.5391), email (melaniekvanier@gmail.com) or fax (902.444.4111). Please note that some Extended Health Benefit plans require a referral from a physician in order to reimburse for services.

What do I need to know about fees and payment options?
Fees are based on the hourly rate recommended by the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS). Most psychologists in Halifax charge approximately the same rate. Payment options include Debit, Visa, or MasterCard. Please note that fees for psychological services are tax deductible as a medical expense. Also, Extended Health Benefit plans often include coverage for services provided by a registered psychologist. If you have an extended insurance plan through your work, it would be worthwhile to inquire about the extent of available coverage. Upon payment, a proper receipt will be issued. You can then use the receipt to submit claims for reimbursement to the insurance provider, if applicable.

Do you offer evening and weekend appointments?
Yes. A variety of appointment times are offered, including some weekday evenings and Saturdays.





Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding concerns about your child and/or the services that I provide (902-802-5391).

If I do not offer the particular service that you are seeking, I can assist you in finding other appropriate service options