Are your services covered by OHIP?
Psychotherapists services are not covered by OHIP; however, some extended health care plans will cover some portion of the cost of clinical counselling services. It is best to consult your particular insurer as to coverage for services provided by a clinical counsellor.
How do I get started?
You do not need a referral to make an appointment with me. If you are considering making an appointment the first step is to give me a call. I will get back to you by phone to answer any questions you might have and to help decide whether I will meet your needs or I how I might refer you based on your goals and your schedule. We can then set up an initial meeting where you will fill in a simple intake form and spend some time discussing your goals.
What will my first appointment be like?
All appointments, including the initial meeting, are 50 minutes in length with the last 10 minutes used for our wrap up and payment. The first appointment allows us to begin to get a sense of you as a person and to become familiar with the issues that you are facing. It also allows you to assess what we call “fit,” or the extent to which you feel you can relax, relate to, and eventually feel comfortable sharing. If for any reason you feel that the fit is not right, I will gladly help you to access other services which may better meet your needs.
How long will therapy take?
Many people want to know how long it will be before they start to realize some improvement. This is hard to assess until I have had a chance to get to know you a bit. In general though, my practice provides shorter term therapy (6-12 sessions) although some therapy may happen in less time. Some clients have continued to come more than 20 sessions. It may also depend on dynamics such as individuals, couples and presenting issue. The most important thing is that the client continues to notice some improvement.
How much will my session cost?
I charge much less then the surrounding area so to make my services affordable. That said, I do feel my services are valuable much like any professional based on my experience and training. My current fee is $80 plus HST per session for individuals and $90 plus HST for couples. I do have a sliding scale approach for those who demonstrate a definable, financial hardship. Call me for more information.