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  • How do I get started?
    The first step is to book a free, fifteen minute consultation call so that we can talk about what you're hoping to work on in therapy, and I can answer your questions. After that, we'll schedule an initial appointment, where I'll ask you about what is currently going on, and also about you and your life in general, so that I have a sense of who you are as a person. We'll talk about your goals, and we'll collaboratively determine the best path to achieve them.
  • Will therapy help me?
    While I'm, of course, a big advocate of therapy, I acknowledge that it's not the right option for everyone. In my experience, people who really benefit from working with me: • are aware that they have to put in the work and show up consistently • want to feel better, and also understand how they came to feel this way to begin with • aren't just looking for strategies (I get it, those are great), but also want to learn how to develop deeper self-awareness • are willing to get comfortable with some discomfort • see therapy as a valuable investment in their self-care
  • How often will I need to come, and how many sessions will I need?
    This, of course, depends on why you're coming to therapy. Ideally, people will attend sessions weekly to begin with, as this allows people to feel a sense of progress and momentum. We will re-evaluate for frequency (whether to continue with weekly sessions, or move to bi-weekly) after the first few sessions, depending on your needs. Anything less frequent than bi-weekly is generally for maintenance or preventative work, and is not recommended for people who are hoping to make changes. Most people report that they begin to feel an improvement in mood after three to four sessions, however, many people recognize that there is deeper work to do to truly feel that they can change what is not working and heal what is hurting. I meet you where you are at, whether that means you see me for a few sessions, or a few years.
  • What are your fees?
    Sessions are $160+HST/50 minutes, and are usually scheduled on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. EMDR treatment may require longer sessions: 80-minute EMDR appointments are $225+HST. Services may be covered by extended health insurance. Please contact your insurer to determine if you have coverage for Registered Psychotherapists. R.P. services in Ontario are also tax deductible if you are eligible for the medical expense tax credit.​
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    I ask for 48 hours notice to change or cancel appointments, as that may allow me time to schedule another client in the spot. Any missed appointments or changes with less than 24 hours notice will be charged the full session fee. While I depend on appropriate notice to be able to sustain my practice, I also understand that emergencies happen, and will take these into account on a case-by-case basis.
  • Is therapy confidential?
    Yes! Everything you say to me, and that is written in your file is completely confidential -- with some strict legal limits. Confidentiality may only be breached if there is a concern that a client may harm themselves, or others, or any concerns regarding child or elder abuse, the misconduct of a regulated healthcare professional, or if a judge subpoenas their records.
  • What is the difference between a psychotherapist, psychologist, and psychiatrist?
    Ah, good question. These roles each have a different scope of practice. In Ontario, psychotherapists are trained exclusively in providing therapy, while psychologists can also diagnose, and psychiatrists, who are medical doctors with specialized psychiatric training, can provide therapy, diagnose, and prescribe medication. While it can vary, psychotherapist and psychologist services are primarily accessed through insurance benefits, or out-of pocket; while most psychiatrists are accessed through OHIP covered services (in hospital or by referral from a G.P.).
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