first steps | fees | insurance
There is evidence that psychotherapy is most effective when you feel like you have a good relationship with your therapist. An initial consultation can help you get a feel for whether a therapist is a good fit, and for the therapist to make sure that they have the right skills to meet your particular situation. A good therapist will refer you to someone with the right skills and experience if they don’t feel able to meet your needs.
You may also want to research different therapeutic approaches. You can read more here about my training and approach, and here about the kinds of issues I most commonly work with.
When you first contact me by email, I will set up a time with you for a telephone consultation. This will take about ten minutes, where we will briefly go over what is bringing you to therapy, what you are looking for in a therapist and any other questions you have. We will also discuss fees and scheduling. There is no cost for this process.
As a second step, we will schedule an initial appointment, which is a time to get to know one another further. I will work to understand your situation and we will collaborate on a plan for the focus and length of therapy. You will get a sense of how I will work with you and if that approach feels right.
Frequently clients come to therapy once per week, but many choose an alternate schedule. You are entitled to information at any time about the cost, length and methods of therapy, and can of course end therapy at any time.
FEES & INSURANCE
The fee for a standard 50-minute psychotherapy session with me is $160 including HST.
Sessions with me will be covered by many private insurance plans. I do not provide direct billing to insurance, you will pay at the time of service and submit a receipt for reimbursement. Check that your plan covers the following: I provide the service of Psychotherapy as a Registered Psychotherapist under the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I have an M.A. in Counselling Psychology.