- How does therapy help?
- Can I come alone or with my partner?
- What are your rates and does insurance cover visits?
- What is your cancellation policy?
- What days and times are appointments available?
- What is the difference between counseling and psychotherapy?
- Is therapy confidential?
- What can I expect in a therapy session?
Participating in psychotherapy or psychological services can bring a fresh perspective to an ongoing problem and point you in the direction of a new solution. Often clients can resolve the impact of past hurts and abuses. The benefits you obtain will depend on how well you use the process and what you learn. Therapy can also help you discover new ways to cope with stress and anxiety and improve your self esteem and boost self- confidence.
I provide both individual and couple counseling. If you have a concern for your relationship and your partner is reluctant or unwilling to come, you can still make changes on your own. A systemic approach recognizes that changes in one part of the system will affect the rest of the system.
My rate is $175.00 dollars per clinical hour. Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis. My services at Toronto Psychological Services (TPS) may be covered fully or in part by your workplace benefits. My clinical practice is supervised by J. King, M.Ed., C. Psych Assoc., a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
If you do not show up for your appointment, and you have not notified me at least 48 hours in advance, you will be expected to pay for the cost of the missed session. The fee for services is waived if you need to cancel due to an emergency or illness.
I have day and evening appointments available Monday through Thursday. I work at the Oakville Fe/Male Health Centre on Thursdays only.
Counseling refers to taking a short-term problem focused approach toward solving a client’s concerns, whereas, psychotherapy is often more in depth, including exploring underlying issues. Both counseling and psychotherapy involve conversations designed to facilitate personal growth, improve communication and promote healthy relationships.
In general the law protects the confidentiality of all conversations between a client and a psychotherapist. I do not disclose information without your written permission. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule, such as:
- A therapist must report suspected child abuse to the appropriate authorities
- If a client suggests intent to harm him or herself, a therapist will make every effort to enlist your cooperation to ensure your safety. If you do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without your permission to ensure safety.
- If a client is threatening bodily harm to another person, a therapist must notify the police and the intended victim.
During sessions, we will be talking about the primary concerns and issues in your life. Each session is 60 minutes long. Some people request longer sessions and this can be arranged. In your first session, we will talk about the nature of your concerns, how they affect you and what your hopes are for the therapy process. Between sessions it is useful to reflect on our discussions. At times we may agree that you will take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, or read a book. Therapy works best when you are an active participant both in and outside of the therapy sessions.