Why might I even consider counselling?

Consider counselling as part of your healthy self-care. Thinking about holistic health, your mental well-being is essential to your overall wellness. And we all need some help at some point in our life since we all experience stress and change and have personal and relational challenges. And you don't need to deal with any of it alone. Just like when you go to your doctor for guidance for your physical health, I can help you with your emotional and mental health concerns.

What's the difference between a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Social Worker and Psychotherapist?

I get that it is confusing. Hopefully this will help clarify.

Psychiatrists are medical doctors specifically trained in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and care of patients with mental illness or disorders. As physicians, they can prescribe medications as part of their treatment options. 

Psychologists assess, diagnose, and treat behavioural and mental conditions. 

A Social Worker is a helping professional who is focused on both the individual and his or her environment. Social workers perform interventions through research, policy, community organizing, direct practice and teaching.

Psychotherapists assess and treat cognitive, emotional, or behavioural disturbances using various methods as talk or experiential therapy. There tends to be a strong focus on the client-therapist relationship. Psychotherapists do not diagnose.

Is counselling covered by insurance?

Only Psychiatrists at this point are covered under OHIP . For my services, please check with your provider to see if you have coverage for Registered Psychotherapists (qualifying). If you are self-employed you may be able to deduct session costs as a medical expense or professional development. You might want to check that as well. 

What are the costs for psychotherapy/counselling?

A 55 minute session for an individual costs $120 + 13% HST. A 80 minute session for couples costs $150 +HST. I offer a sliding scale for those who do not have coverage or can afford the full amount but this will have to be discussed ahead of time.  HST is fully recoverable for those clients with a business number charging HST and claiming it as professional development. 

How do I know counselling will work for me?

To a great extent, it depends on you. Everyone is different but when you feel comfortable with your therapist, the right treatment approaches are used and you are ready for change, there is a good possibility that you will see improvement. 

I am nervous about the first session. What can I expect?

Upon arrival, I will ask you to fill out some forms that help me better understand your particular challenges. At the start of the session, I will do some explaining and have you sign a consent form to indicate you understand the services provided and my legal limits to confidentiality. After that, I will work toward getting to know you and your challenges better and what your goals for therapy look like.  In this initial session, I will also begin to build rapport with you so that you feel safe to begin sharing with me. 

What happens after that?

In following sessions, thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that continue to be challenging for you will be discussed. We will explore ways to cope better, feel better and deal with the issues more effectively in the long term. We will continue to revisit your goals and adjust them as needed.

Since you will be learning new knowledge and skills, practice will help you become comfortable and proficient. Practicing in between sessions will also help you see if you can apply your new skills in the real world. I will encourage you to try tasks between sessions but this is always your choice. 

How long does the counselling process usually take?

The longevity of therapy tends to depend on you and how much guidance and support you need. Each person's journey is different. Some people attend a few sessions and move on, others remain in therapy for a year or more and return as needed. What is important is for us to regularly discuss the topic so that we are collaborating and making a decision together about session frequency and termination of therapy.  

When can I a schedule session?

I hold in-person sessions during the day and evenings on Monday through Thursday and during the day on Friday. I may be able to accommodate occasional sessions outside of this time frame. We can talk about what works best for both of us.