FAQs


What is psychotherapy?
When should I seek counselling?
How many sessions will I need?
What will the first session be like? What should I expect?
What is your policy on confidentiality?
What are your fees?
Does insurance cover my sessions?
How can an appointment be arranged?


What is psychotherapy?

Every individual experiences personal difficulties at one point or another. Sometimes, our support systems (i.e., friends or family) are unable to adequately help us overcome these difficulties. Psychotherapy is an effective means of guiding individuals in a safe and honest environment to develop the tools needed to surmount obstacles and achieve personal goals. A professional can offer you different ways of viewing yourself, others, and the world, in order for you to gain a richer understanding of your environment and lead a more satisfying life.
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When should I seek counselling?

People generally seek professional help when they feel that the problems they are experiencing are interfering with their work and personal life, and are preventing them from functioning adequately. Therapy can be a tremendous source of help to overcome these problems and move forward. Remember that there is no right or wrong time to seek therapy, though the earlier you realize that you need support, the better. No problem is too insignificant to seek professional help if it is preventing you from living your life the way you want. Counselling may also be sought for purposes of personal growth, to understand yourself better, and to add richness to your life.
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How many sessions will I need?

The duration of therapy depends largely on the nature of the problem and what the client wishes to accomplish. Some problems can be worked through in a course of brief therapy. For other individuals, therapy is an ongoing learning process, and they choose to be involved for a longer period. Sometimes, when clients sense an improvement and feel more confident in the tools that they have, they may decrease the frequency of sessions, (i.e., seeing their therapist on a biweekly schedule). It is essential to gauge your own comfort level and to be clear about what you are hoping to gain from therapy; clear aims will be a yardstick against which you can track your progress.
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What will the first session be like? What should I expect?

When you arrive for your first appointment you can have a seat in the waiting room and I will come out at the designated time to receive you. Before we begin, I will need to collect important demographic information for your file, and together we will go over a standard consent form. It is mandatory by law to complete this form before we can begin therapy, as it details guidelines pertaining to matters such as confidentiality, credentials, fees, scheduling, and other related affairs.

During the first session (and possibly a portion of the second), we will work on the intake, where I will try to better understand the nature of your problem and why you are seeking therapy. I will ask you questions about your family, social history, other counselling experiences, health, and other related matters in an attempt to learn as much as possible about you, and to ultimately develop a treatment plan. However, you are more than welcome to ask your own questions at any time, and to share any concerns.

You may feel uncomfortable or anxious discussing certain topics with me; this is normal, and I encourage you to let me know. You may not be ready to answer some personal questions, which is fine; we can come back to them. However, it is important to remember that I am here to help you, and that we need to have an honest and comfortable relationship in order to collaborate effectively.
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What is your policy on confidentiality?

As a licensed psychologist, I am required to follow specific confidentiality guidelines. Anything pertaining to our sessions will be retained in a secure and protected environment which can only be accessed by me. This information will not be released to anyone unless written consent is provided by you. The only exception to this guideline would be in situations mandated by law, such as imminent danger to self and/or others, and situations involving child abuse and/or neglect.
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What are your fees?

Fees are available upon request. The accepted forms of payment are cheque and cash. A sliding scale of fees may be negotiated in some cases.
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Does insurance cover my sessions?

Psychotherapeutic services are covered by most health care insurance plans. However, each plan is different. It is important that you check with your health insurance provider in order to determine what your annual maximum may be. I will provide you with a receipt at the end of each session.
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How can an appointment be arranged?

You can call me directly at 514-967-7428. If I don’t answer immediately, please leave me a message and I will return your call within 24 hours. During our conversation, I will ask you to briefly describe the types of difficulties you have been experiencing that have led you to seek help. In most cases, an appointment can be made within one week.
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Can I reschedule an appointment?

Certainly. You may reschedule your appointment to a more convenient time. However, please be aware that in order to reschedule or cancel an appointment, you must give at least 24 hours notice by phone or you will be required to pay the regular session fee.
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