Here are some Frequently Asked Questions. If your question is not answered here please contact me directly so I can answer it for you.
Are session fees covered by OHIP or Health Benefits?
OHIP does not cover the services of Psychotherapists (only Psychiatrists are covered under OHIP). Many insurance companies cover Psychotherapy in their extended health-care plans so you can claim these benefits and get reimbursed for your session fee. I will provide you with the receipt needed to submit to insurance at the end of each session.
Some plans specify that you must see a Registered Psychologist for Psychotherapy in order to claim benefits. Because I have a practice supervised by a Registered Psychologist you can use your benefits in this case. The best way to determine what your insurance plan will cover is to contact me directly so I can help you navigate all the details.
What happens in our first session?
In our first session we will have a chance to meet face-to-face and you will get a sense of what it would be like to work with me. I will explain more about my services and we will sign some paperwork. Then I will try to understand what you want to work on in therapy and what difference you would like to see in your life as a result of our sessions together.
How long do I need to come to therapy?
Often people see good results and may be ready to end therapy or see me less frequently after eight to ten sessions, other clients meet with me for a longer period of time. This time-line will depend on the issues we are working on. I will regularly check-in with you to discuss how we are progressing and I will share my views if I believe our work together could be nearing an end. You will always be welcome to contact me again in the future if you want to continue our work together down the road.
What makes psychotherapy different from talking to a friend or loved one?
As a professional I am bound by confidentially which means I will not talk about what we work on in our sessions with others (there are legal exceptions to this which we will cover in our first session). You don’t have to worry that something you say in confidence will be shared without your permission and knowledge.
Another distinction is that in a psychotherapy relationship I am here entirely for you, and I do not get my emotional needs met through our relationship. I am a professional with skills which allow me to listen to you, understand you and provide you with insight based on my psychotherapy training and expertise.