As much as possible, I like you to leave a first session of therapy with at least one new strategy or insight into your situation
1. What can I expect in a first psychotherapy session?
In a first session, I will ask you a series of questions to get to know you and to get to the bottom of what brings you in to see me. Together we will set the goals for therapy, including the number and frequency of sessions.
As much as possible, I like you to leave a first session of therapy with at least one new strategy or insight into your situation.
2. Do I need a doctor's referral to see you for psychotherapy?
I do not require a doctor's referral to treat a client. However, if you wish to access third party health insurance you should check with your insurance policy. Many insurance policies require a doctor's referral to cover psychotherapy.
3. What is a Registered Psychotherapist? How is that different than a Registered Psychologist or Psychiatrist?
Registered Psychotherapists (RPs) have the skills, training and experience to provide psychotherapy. In Ontario, psychotherapy services are controlled under the Regulated Health Professions Act. RPs are regulated by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). The CRPO has a strict code of ethics and professional standards that all RPs must adhere to. The services of RPs are not covered by OHIP.
Registered Psychologists and Registered Psychological Associates are also regulated health professionals, but are regulated by the College of Psychologists. They are also able to provide psychotherapy services in Ontario. As well as being able to provide psychotherapy, they are also regulated to diagnose mental health conditions. Registered Psychologists typically have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Psychologists are not covered by OHIP.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors with a specialization in psychiatry. They are licensed to prescribe medications. As medical doctors, their services are covered by OHIP.
4. What are your fees?
I offer two fee options:
- As a Registered Psychotherapist, I offer psychotherapy services on a fee for service basis. Some extended health plans now reimburse the services of a Registered Psychotherapist. Please check with your insurance provider. Psychotherapy is now recognized as a medical expense by the Canada Revenue Agency and is eligible for a tax credit.
- As a Clinical Associate, supervised by Registered Psychologists, I can offer Psychological Services for a fee that can be reimbursed through many extended health plans.
5. Is everything we discuss in counselling confidential?
In accordance with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Clinical Practice of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, I respect confidentiality at all times and will not disclose any confidential information to a third party without your written consent.
There are a few situations where I am legally and ethically required to break a client’s confidentiality, including: when there is a clear and imminent danger to the patient or others; if the client's file is subpoenaed in a court case; if there is information disclosed about current child abuse; and if there is information disclosed about sexual misconduct of a registered health professional.