Frequently Asked Questions

What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a licenced healthcare professional who has a Master’s degree or PhD, and has received 6-10 years of training. Psychologists have extensive training in assessing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health conditions. Psychologists are unique from other registered professionals who provide therapy services both in the level of training received, as well as their ability to assess and diagnose mental health disorders.

How do I know if I need professional help?

It is a common misconception to think that you need to be in crisis or really struggling before seeking professional help. In fact, most people can benefit from psychological intervention in some way or another, regardless of distress level. Don’t wait until you’re overwhelmed, please complete the contact form to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation to see how we can help.

What will the first session be like?

The first session is focused around getting to know you and the presenting problems that you are seeking help for. Having an understanding of your history, presenting issues, and goals for therapy will better assist your psychologist in devising an effective treatment plan, which is often established by the end of the first or second session.

How long will therapy take until I notice results or start feeling better?

Oftentimes people report noticing improvements in their symptoms or emotions after the first few sessions, as they begin talking about their experiences, and getting things off their chest. However, it typically takes longer as one progresses through therapy to begin noticing more permanent shifts in perceptions and emotional experiences. The number of sessions depends on a variety of factors, including the problems that the patient is hoping to address, and the background/history of the patient. Some people benefit from as little as a few sessions, while others require longer-term therapy.

What therapy approaches will be used?

Our general approach to therapy is integrative and patient-centered, meaning that therapy is tailored to fit the needs and presenting issues of the patient. We have training in a variety of modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT).

What are the fees and do you direct bill my insurance company?

The fees for both assessment and therapy services are $225.00 per 50-minute session; reports, letters, and consultations are also billed at the same rate. We accept cash, cheque, or Interac e-Transfer; once payment is received, a receipt is provided to be submitted to your insurance. We do not offer direct billing.

Do you accept WSIB patients?

Yes, we are on the WSIB registered/approved psychologists list.

Do you provide professional consultation services?

Yes, we do!

Please complete the contact form to request a professional consultation service.