What are your fees?
Individual counselling (60-minute session): $120
Couple Counselling (90-minute session): $175
Couple Intensives are also available for half-day, full-day and 2-day sessions. Full details including costs are on the Couple Intensives page.
Please note that as a Registered Social Worker my services are exempt from HST.
Do you offer a sliding scale?
Unfortunately, I am not able to offer a sliding scale. If you are looking for lower-cost options, 211 is a central directory of community and social services in Ontario. This is a free call in Ontario, or you can search online at 211 Ontario.
Do you take insurance?
Services from a Registered Social Worker may be covered under your extended health benefits. Please check coverage limits with your provider before booking your first appointment. You do not need to disclose the issues you wish to address in therapy to your benefits provider.
You are responsible for payment at the time of the session. For your convenience I accept both Visa and MasterCard for payment, in addition to cash, cheques or e-transfers. You will be provided with a receipt for submission to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Please note that Registered Social Work services are also considered a medical expense by Canada Revenue Agency. You may be able to deduct this expense on your taxes. Please consult a tax professional for more information on your personal tax situation.
Do I need a referral from my doctor?
No referral is required to access services. Your insurance provider may, however, require a doctor’s referral to approve payment. Please check with your insurance provider before booking your first appointment.
Is therapy confidential? How do you protect my privacy?
Given the highly personal information shared in therapy, it is critical that you feel confident your privacy will be protected. It is my professional, ethical and legal responsibility to hold all information provided to me in strict confidence. No information about you will be disclosed to anyone without your permission in advance.
My office setting has been selected for privacy and discretion, including a private waiting room for my clients’ exclusive use. If we meet outside the office, my policy is to allow my clients to make the first contact. If you do not wish to acknowledge me, I will not be offended. I would be happy to greet you, but I want clients to have the privilege of choosing this contact.
How long will it take? How long does therapy last?
There is a wide range of the number sessions clients attend. It depends on the complexity of the issue and the amount of effort you are willing to put in between sessions. We will discuss your goals at our first meeting. I will explain how I can meet your goals within the limits of your schedule and budget.
A typical course of couple or sex therapy is 8-20 sessions, again depending on the complexity of the issues, how long the problems have existed, and how much personal responsibility for change each partner will take. There is more variation in the length of individual therapy, from a single session to an ongoing relationship as part of a commitment to personal wellness.
Normally I see clients more often at the beginning of therapy on a weekly, bi-weekly or in an intensive schedule. We gradually extended the space between sessions to monthly or longer as changes take hold.
My partner refuses to attend therapy. Can I attend on my own?
Absolutely! Individual therapy can be very helpful in this situation. It only takes one person to make a change in the relationship. Therapy can be a place to learn new skills to improve the relationships, or to come to a decision about your future.
Does couple counselling work?
If both partners commit to the relationship and commit to making personal change, there is good reason to hope they will be able to improve their relationship and stay together. That said, there are no guarantees. It is not possible to rescue every relationship.
Research on couple therapy reports that about 75% of couples stay together and report a more satisfying relationship. Of course, this also means that about one in four couples that come to therapy will not have a positive outcome. This is not necessarily a failure. Some relationships are past the point of saving or are unhealthy for the individuals.
I’m thinking about separation. Is counselling right for us?
Unlike traditional couple counselling that assumes both partners are willing to work on the relationship, Discernment Counselling helps people decide whether to work on the relationship or keep moving towards separation. This process is helpful for people who want to take one more look at their relationship before making a final decision. Click here for more info on Discernment Counselling.
Do we have to be married to attend couple counselling? Are same-gender couples welcome?
All couples are welcome regardless of gender, sexual orientation or marital status. All I require is a genuine commitment to each other and to the relationship.
Do you see people individually for other issues besides relationships?
Yes! While the focus of my practice is relationship issues, I also see clients for individual counselling. I have expertise in anxiety, grief, compassion fatigue, assertiveness and workplace conflict. Please contact me to discuss if I would be the right fit for you.