Congratulations on taking the first step on making positive change. I look forward to meeting you. Here is some information to help make our first session go smoothly:
My office address: 9170 County Road 93, Suite 303 Midland, Ontario L4R 4K4
from Barrie/Orillia: 30 minutes
from GTA: 90 minutes from 400/401 interchange
from Sudbury: 2.5 hours from 17/69 interchange
from Muskoka: 75 minutes from 11/118 interchange
County Road 93 is exit 121 on Hwy 400. Drive north approximately 20 minutes to the intersection of County Rd 93 and Balm Beach Road.
My office is located in the “Full Line Electronics” building. Access to the parking lot is at the rear of the property via Sundowner Road.
Driving north on County Rd. 93, turn left onto Balm Beach Road.
Take an immediate (<50 m) right onto Sundowner Road.
Take the first right (100 m) onto Reid Crt which leads into the parking lot for the building.
Enter the building via the glass stairwell near the entrance to the electronics store. Offices are on the upper level via stairs or elevator. The elevator operates on a key system, so if you require access, please let me know in advance so I can unlock it.
When you arrive, please have a seat in the waiting room. A unisex washroom is available in the hall immediately outside my waiting room. At your appointment time, you will be invited into the counselling office.
There will be some forms for each person to fill out in advance of our meeting. You may want to arrive a few minutes early to complete them. Please take the time to read the full Conditions of Service document. I want you to understand your rights and responsibilities before we begin.
If you prefer, you can download the forms to fill out in advance. For your privacy protection, please do not email me the completed forms–just bring them with you to the session.
The most important question on the form, and also the most challenging, is “what is your goal for therapy?” Your answer will help me tailor therapy to your needs to make the best use of your time and budget.
Fees are collected at the beginning of the session, to get the business part of our meeting out of the way. I can accept cash, cheques or credit cards, but not debit/Interac.
You may also pay via e-mail transfer through online banking. Please use my main email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for e-transfers. No security question is required.
In all cases, you will get a receipt suitable for insurance or income tax at the session.
For details on my current fee schedule, please visit my FAQ page.
What to expect
Our first session is an opportunity to get to know each other. We will discuss your concerns and explore how counselling could be helpful to address those concerns.
All questions are optional. You can provide as much or as little detail as you desire. Of course, your honesty and openness will help us make faster progress. If you would like to proceed, we will decide together how often to meet and what issues you will work on.
This first session is also a chance for you to assess the ‘fit’ between us. People vary, so it is normal and expected that my style and approach will not work for everyone. If you don’t feel that I am the best fit for you, please let me know. I will be happy to suggest other colleagues who might be more helpful. I want you to get the help you need.
Any other questions that I can answer before we meet, please contact me. I look forward to meeting you.