After you book online or email to connect, you will receive an email with links to consent forms. Our first session is an opportunity to make sure you understand your rights, limits to confidentiality and the therapeutic process. I welcome any questions you have.
I will be asking you a lot of questions about your current circumstances, your hopes for our time together as well as questions about your past.
We will go at your pace and stop to check in with how you are feeling and calm your nervous system if needed. Tears and laughter are welcome.
Together we will work to better understand your strengths and struggles and co-create goals in this session or the next. I will likely direct you to some resources or coping strategies to support you in between sessions.
Therapy can be as long or short as you desire.
Scheduling is based on your needs, resources, therapist's schedule and client's stage of change.
Prebooking a few weekly or bi-weekly sessions in the beginning is ideal for consistent support and accountability. Then usually sessions can be spread further apart.
There is very little difference. Both can perform the protected act of psychotherapy. They belong to different regulatory Colleges but adhere to similar codes of ethics with clients' safety and confidentiality number one priorities.
I have worked with, been supervised by and provided supervision to both social workers and psychotherapists.
Psychotherapists have graduate degrees (Masters) level training while psychologists have their PHDs or PsyDs. Only psychologists, medical doctors and psychiatrists can make a diagnosis. Psychotherapists work with the symptoms described by the client. All levels are required to do ongoing training and education.
No. You can refer yourself if you feel you are struggling in some way, having trouble coping or simply desire support to make improvements in your life at home or at work.
No. Therapy is not covered by OHIP. Limited coverage is included in many group insurance plans. Check your plan for credential requirements (must include RP to qualify) and annual amount.
If you are looking for free or subsidized counselling, check out the non-profit counselling agencies in your area or call 211 in Ontario. I have listed links to 24 hour support lines here.
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