*For women currently residing in Ontario Canada.*
You can book online to easily start your journey with a psychotherapist. Our first individual session will always be virtual (video or telephone) and we can do a combination of both virtual and walk' n' talk therapy near Cambridge Ontario.
Rate for a 50 minute individual session is $130 plus 13% HST ($146.90). Payment is required before or immediately following the session.
Many Group Insurance Plans and University Student Health Benefits cover counselling with a Registered Psychotherapist and you may be eligible for tax credits as well. Check your coverage BEFORE you book online and then you will need to submit your receipt for reimbursement, where possible.
Workshops are customized to meet the unique needs of your organization or group. Pricing varies depending on length and location. Virtual workshops are available globally. In person workshops for the Waterloo Region and surrounding area. Learn more.
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What can I expect from a first session with a psychotherapist?
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 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.
How long does therapy last?
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.
What is the difference between registered social workers and psychotherapists?
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.
What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?
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.
Do I need a diagnosis or referral from a doctor for therapy?
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.
Is therapy covered by OHIP?
Therapy is not covered by OHIP. 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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I look forward to continuing to work with Nicole in future programs I produce."- Rosalia Rivera, Consent Parenting; Consent Educator, Abuse Prevention Specialist, TedX Speaker, Podcast Host and SAGE Chair