Frequently asked questions
Are these sessions covered by insurance?
Great question! Right now, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) does not cover the cost of the services of a psychotherapist in private practice. The good news is that there are more and more private health insurance companies that offer coverage.
I would encourage you to get in touch with your insurance provider to find out what mental health coverage is included in your benefits package. Specifically, inquiring about coverage for mental health services provided by a Registered Psychotherapist and/or a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist. (I am registered as both).
As I am not able to directly bill your insurance company, payment for the session comes from you first. I will provide you with an official receipt to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement and/or for taxation purposes.
How will I know you're the right therapist for me?
This is such a great and important question - and I can promise you that you're not the only one to ask!
The short answer here is, instinctively you'll know. You'll know in the same way that you get along better with one coworker than another.
Though some may say "the right therapist is one who practices the right model of therapy", research doesn't really back that up. In fact, research shows that there are more important things at play in order to make therapy work - which are client extratherapeutic factors and the therapeutic relationship.
In other words, if you're willing and motivated to do the work while in therapy and you also feel comfortable, safe, and supported by your therapist, we're more likely to do good work together and meet your therapeutic goals.
To get a feel for the therapist, ask for a free phone consultation. Consultations are short (about 15 minutes) where you can just chat, ask a few questions, but most importantly get a feel for the therapist. Trust your gut.
Can you diagnose or prescribe medication?
No - Conveying a diagnosis and prescribing medication are known as controlled acts which only certain health care providers are legally allowed to do. Registered Psychotherapists can not convey a diagnosis or prescribe medication. I also do not provide psychological assessments.
Do you offer online therapy sessions?
Absolutely! I try to make my services as accessible as possible. I do have online therapy sessions available via a secured portal. For online sessions, payment for the sessions has to be sent via email transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org before your session.
What if I can't afford therapy?
I genuinely don't think that there should be a barrier for people to access health services, be it physical or mental. However, as it stands, psychotherapy in private practice is not covered by public health insurance (OHIP).
If you have private insurance benefits through work or school, you may be covered for therapy with a Reigsted Psychotherapist. Get in touch with your insurance provider and ask!
I also have a limited amount of sliding scale (or reduced fee) spots available - get in touch with me if this is something that may be helpful for you.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes - If you need to cancel for any reason, please do! I only ask that you provide as much notice as possible. At least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment. If you provide less than 24 hours notice, you'll be charged the full session fee.