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About Psychotherapy

A little something about Counselling and Psychotherapy...

People come to psychotherapy when they have moods, feelings, thoughts, or behaviours that adversely affect their relationships, job, physical health, ability to function day-to-day, or to enjoy life. Maybe you or family members have noticed a change in your behaviour or how you're feeling.

The journeys that lead people to work with a psychotherapist are unique, and working together, the results we will strive for are too. When we meet, we will have a conversation about the goals you are trying to achieve or the challenges you want to overcome. Together we will develop a plan and work on closing the gap between where you are and where you want to be.

The work we do is driven by you – you decide what is most important to explore, what feels most productive, and how fast or slow we go. It may be a journey through troublesome thoughts, feelings, and experiences, and we will walk that path together. I will stick with you, even if it gets uncomfortable or complicated.

Therapeutic Approaches

Psychotherapy is an umbrella term applied to a wide range of treatments. We will use one or a combination of the following types of psychotherapy approaches when we work together:

  • Do I need a referral?
    You do not need a referral. Just contact me!
  • What happens in session?
    An individual session is 55-minutes in duration. You decide what you want to focus on and explore during each session. Therapy is tough work. You may find yourself facing what may not be working in your life and examining the forces shaping your thoughts and actions. A therapist won't advise you or impose insights on you, but with curiosity and compassion, will use creative questioning to give you the opportunity for self-discovery.
  • Free consultation
    It is important to me that you are confident that I am a good fit for you. Contact me to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your hopes for therapy. Afterwards, we can determine next steps.
  • Confidentiality
    Confidentiality is considered a cornerstone of the profession of psychotherapy. You come to me with sensitive, personal information, and keeping that absolutely private is essential to build trust in our therapeutic relationship. I can only disclose your personal health information with your consent. However, in law, there are a limited number of circumstances where disclosure of personal health information is required, even without consent. We will discuss these limits to confidentiality before we begin working together.
  • Location
    My practice is virtual. I offer services online through a secure platform called OWL Practice (compliant with the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004). All you will require is a private space, a computer with a camera and microphone, and a stable internet connection.
  • Fees
    55-minute individual psychotherapy sessions are $200 + HST The Canadian Revenue Agency allows fees paid to Registered Psychotherapists to be deducted on your personal income tax return. Click here on the Canada Revenue Agency website for full details.
  • Extended insurance coverage
    The services of a Registered Psychotherapist are covered in part by many insurance plans. To confirm, contact your provider with these specific questions: Does my plan include mental health benefits? What professional designation must my service provider have? Can she be a Registered Psychotherapist? Is there a maximum dollar amount covered per session? What percentage of each session am I covered for? What is the annual maximum?
  • What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
    The terms "counselling" and "psychotherapy" are often used interchangeably, but in law, they are not the same. In Ontario, counselling is not a legislated act (there is no restriction on or educational requirements for who can perform it.) In counselling, the focus is on providing information, giving advice, encouragement or instruction. For example, a counsellor may work with you to foster life skills, teach you techniques for coping with immediate causes of stress or anxiety, or offer crisis intervention. Psychotherapy however, is a legislated act that only qualified individuals may perform. This is similar to other health procedures that may have serious consequences like injecting a substance, diagnosing a condition, or prescribing medication. All psychotherapists registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario who use the title Registered Psychotherapist, a well as Clinical Psychologists, are specially trained and authorized to provide psychotherapy. Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Nurses are also legislated to be able to provide psychotherapy if they have appropriate training in psychotherapy and comply with certain conditions. The defininitions of appropriate training and specific conditions is specific to each of those three professions. Not every social worker, occupational therapist or registered nurse has specific psychotherapy training. Psychotherapy is an active process to increase an individual's sense of their own well-being, improve psychological functioning and promote adjustment to life. Psychotherapy occurs when a psychotherapist and client enter into a psychotherapeutic relationship where both work together to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. Psychotherapy requires more training than counselling does.

Let’s Simplify Mental Health Care

Canadians pride themselves on being open and progressive, yet there is still so much stigma associated with mental health. This stigma makes many who have mental health issues reluctant to get help. It seems anyone will go to a dermatologist for a rash or to a dentist for a toothache, but many people would not even consider going to a mental health practitioner. Much of this relates to negative framing in society where labels such as mental problems, mental disorders, and mental illness  are often used disdainfully. It is important to understand that mental health conditions are part of being human and health care professionals treat mental health issues with compassion and care with positive outcomes.

When you make the difficult decision to take care of your mental health, there are so many kinds of therapists and even more types of therapy. Where do you start? Since figuring that out is often the last thing on your mind when you're feeling overwhelmed and in need of support, let’s clear up some of the questions about mental health care right here.

  • Do I need a referral?
    You do not need a referral. Just contact me!
  • What happens in session?
    An individual session is 55-minutes in duration. You decide what you want to focus on and explore during each session. Therapy is tough work. You may find yourself facing what may not be working in your life and examining the forces shaping your thoughts and actions. A therapist won't advise you or impose insights on you, but with curiosity and compassion, will use creative questioning to give you the opportunity for self-discovery.
  • Free consultation
    It is important to me that you are confident that I am a good fit for you. Contact me to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your hopes for therapy. Afterwards, we can determine next steps.
  • Confidentiality
    Confidentiality is considered a cornerstone of the profession of psychotherapy. You come to me with sensitive, personal information, and keeping that absolutely private is essential to build trust in our therapeutic relationship. I can only disclose your personal health information with your consent. However, in law, there are a limited number of circumstances where disclosure of personal health information is required, even without consent. We will discuss these limits to confidentiality before we begin working together.
  • Location
    My practice is virtual. I offer services online through a secure platform called OWL Practice (compliant with the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004). All you will require is a private space, a computer with a camera and microphone, and a stable internet connection.
  • Fees
    55-minute individual psychotherapy sessions are $200 + HST The Canadian Revenue Agency allows fees paid to Registered Psychotherapists to be deducted on your personal income tax return. Click here on the Canada Revenue Agency website for full details.
  • Extended insurance coverage
    The services of a Registered Psychotherapist are covered in part by many insurance plans. To confirm, contact your provider with these specific questions: Does my plan include mental health benefits? What professional designation must my service provider have? Can she be a Registered Psychotherapist? Is there a maximum dollar amount covered per session? What percentage of each session am I covered for? What is the annual maximum?
  • What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
    The terms "counselling" and "psychotherapy" are often used interchangeably, but in law, they are not the same. In Ontario, counselling is not a legislated act (there is no restriction on or educational requirements for who can perform it.) In counselling, the focus is on providing information, giving advice, encouragement or instruction. For example, a counsellor may work with you to foster life skills, teach you techniques for coping with immediate causes of stress or anxiety, or offer crisis intervention. Psychotherapy however, is a legislated act that only qualified individuals may perform. This is similar to other health procedures that may have serious consequences like injecting a substance, diagnosing a condition, or prescribing medication. All psychotherapists registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario who use the title Registered Psychotherapist, a well as Clinical Psychologists, are specially trained and authorized to provide psychotherapy. Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Nurses are also legislated to be able to provide psychotherapy if they have appropriate training in psychotherapy and comply with certain conditions. The defininitions of appropriate training and specific conditions is specific to each of those three professions. Not every social worker, occupational therapist or registered nurse has specific psychotherapy training. Psychotherapy is an active process to increase an individual's sense of their own well-being, improve psychological functioning and promote adjustment to life. Psychotherapy occurs when a psychotherapist and client enter into a psychotherapeutic relationship where both work together to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. Psychotherapy requires more training than counselling does.
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I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.

– Helen Keller

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