Does psychotherapy work?

Yes, there is ample evidence that psychotherapy can be beneficial to many individuals.  A good therapist can help you deal with difficult feelings, build self-awareness, and change behaviour patterns to help cope with symptoms and work towards your goals.  Talk therapy is not just for talking about your problems, but also for finding ways to move forward.  


Are services confidential?

All services are strictly confidential and uphold legal regulations as well as high standards of ethical conduct. Limits to confidentiality include risk of harm to self or others, child abuse/neglect, or court subpoenas. 


Do you offer free consultations?

Yes, I offer free 30 minute initial consultations.  Walking through the door for counselling can take a lot of courage.  Consultations give us an opportunity to connect and see if we are a potentially good match to do some very important work together.  I will do my best to ease the anxiety about counselling and give you as much information as possible to see if we are a good fit, as well as giving my initial thoughts on the potential direction of therapy. This is a time to ask questions, and can be done in person or over the phone. 


How often and how long are the sessions?

Sessions are usually once per week or every other week.  Each individual session is usually one hour (60 minutes), couple and family sessions are usually one and a half hours (90 minutes).  Session length and frequency can vary based on your needs and preferences. 


Do you offer online therapy?

Yes, I can offer telephone or video counselling within the province of Ontario. 


What are the fees?

My hourly rate (60 min) is $115.   


How do I get coverage through my health benefits?

Fees for therapy may be covered in part or fully, depending on your work coverage. In your health benefits package, check the mental health section for the maximum coverage allowable. 


Do you see children one-on-one?

I regularly see youth ages 12 and older for one-on-one session, in which we might decide to include parents in some sessions if appropriate.  Children under the age of 12 are generally seen by me as part of family therapy.