Choosing a therapist

Out on a walk today, I ran into my doctor, who I saw last week to discuss the next steps for getting me chest surgery. She told me that she had spoken with Dr. Knudson’s office and that I could get an appointment within about 6 weeks for a surgical assessment. The cost for the session is $360.

In BC, Dr. Knudson is the MSP surgical assessor. This means that if you are having the government health care system pay for your surgery, you HAVE to see Dr. Knudson for an assessment. If you are having the surgery done privately, which I am, you have more choice over who you can see for the required letter of support.

Dr. Melady Preece is a psychologist with a specialization in gender issues. I could see her to obtain my letter. She comes highly recommended. According to her website, her session fees are $120-140.

I’m weighing my options:

Dr. Gail Knudson (psychiatrist)

  • Pros: Located in Victoria, a little closer to me than Vancouver. MSP assessor–if I see her, I could change my mind and pursue government funded surgery.
  • Cons: More expensive. Possibly a more “clinical” approach, rather than therapeutic. Can’t find any info about her online.

Dr. Melady Preece (psychologist)

  • Pros: Highly recommended. Can get an appointment sooner. Suspected to have a more therapeutic approach–I’m totally into getting some counseling in addition to the letter of support. More affordable.
  • Cons: Vancouver is a longer trip.

I told my doctor that I will get in touch with Dr. Preece to find out how soon I could see her, then I will contact my doctor to let her know who I have chosen to see.


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