1. What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a talk-based therapy that supports individuals in improving their mental and emotional health. For a more in-depth understanding of psychotherapy please see the following link to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO): https://www.crpo.ca/find-a-registered-psychotherapist/what-is-psychotherapy/
Here you can find an animated video explaining psychotherapy:
2. How will I know that you are a good fit to support me?
The decision to begin Psychotherapy with a qualified therapist is an important one and one that requires consideration of different factors such as, the presenting concerns, knowledge of evidence-based practices that are considered effective at addressing the concern(s), knowing if the therapist is experienced and trained to address the concern and/or trained in the therapeutic modality that can help you deal with the concern. Along with this, feeling comfortable with the therapist is also an important factor in helping you to reach your goals. Each person and therapist is different. Aside from knowledge of psychotherapy, what we bring to our sessions is a culmination of our lived experiences which can help us connect at a more personal level. To determine if we are a good fit, we offer a free 15-minute phone consultation. This will allow us to discuss questions and concerns that can help you decide if we are a good fit.
Psychology Today article on what makes a good therapist:
3. What types of concerns can be addressed in therapy?
People pursue counseling/therapy for a variety of reasons. Some may enter therapy to address major life changes, such as divorce, and others may seek help in managing mental health conditions, like anxiety/depression. There's a common misconception that people who go to therapy are either 'weak or crazy', when in fact, most therapy clients are ordinary people struggling with common, everyday issues. Together, we will determine the goals of therapy, and if the therapy should be short- or long-term. In many cases, we might end up exploring much more than just the presenting problem. Therapy can also help promote self-actualization, empower self-growth, improve relationships, and reduce emotional suffering.
4. How many sessions will I need?
Although there are no prescribed number of sessions, each person’s experience of therapy will be different and may require varying numbers of sessions. An ideal number of session for ongoing therapy could fall anywhere between 8-16 sessions.
5. What is the cost for services?
15-minute phone consultation: free of charge.
- Single session consult:
45 minutes $100/- + HST
- Individual therapy session:
50 minutes $150/- + HST
90 minutes $180/- + HST
- Family therapy session:
60 minutes $180/- + HST
6. Cancellation Policy
We require a minimum of 48 hours notice to either reschedule or cancel your appointment. If the appointment is cancelled less than 24 hours prior to its start time and/or if you do not show for your appointment you will be charged the full session fee. Kindly, call or email us to inform in case you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment since we do not accept or receive text messages.
7. Do you offer a sliding scale?
Yes, we are able to offer a reduced rate to only a limited number of clients per year.
8. Is the fee for Psychotherapy covered by OHIP or Insurance?
While psychotherapy is a regulated health profession in Ontario, they are unfortunately not covered under OHIP or ODSP.
The majority of extended health benefits from your employer, however, do cover psychotherapy services. We encourage you to speak to your insurance provider to determine your eligibility and approved rates of coverage provided by a Registered Psychotherapist.
You will receive a receipt upon payment (by credit card). All of the information you will need to submit your claim is on the receipt.