Q. How much do you charge?
A. My usual hourly rate is $100. I have reduced rates for clients whose annual income is less than $75,000. Payment may be made in cash or by cheque or credit card.
Q. Are your services covered by OHIP or by my benefit plan?
A. OHIP coverage is available if you are a patient of a family doctor in the Stratford Family Health Team. Ask for a referral from your family doctor to see me through RGA Psychological and Counselling Services. If your doctor agrees to refer, you may see me for a limited number of sessions paid for by the Stratford Family Health Team.
Benefit plan coverage is available if you work for FAG or FIO in Stratford. You may ask to see me through your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which uses RGA Psychological and Counselling Services. Ask your Human Resources department for information about how to arrange a referral.
Otherwise, you may book an appointment on a fee-for-service basis.
Q. Are my sessions confidential?
A. Yes. The therapy you have with me is strictly private. I don't share anything about you with anyone without your written permission. That said, however, there are legal limits to that privacy that you should be aware of:
I also consult regularly with other therapists and clinical consultants. Those consultations are to help me maintain and improve the quality of my work. If you prefer not to have my work with you included in those consultations, please ask.
Q. What happens in a therapy session?
A. I'll want to know a little bit about your history and your current situation. I'll invite you to describe the relationship or situation that you're asking for help with. And then over a series of appointments we'll look at practical solutions and tools to help, and just as importantly we'll look at the underlying reasons for your distress. Being aware of "why?" and "how?" is a first step in creating change for the better.
Q. How long is an appointment?
A. Each appointment is for one hour. When I work with families, or see couples for the first time, I may suggest that we extend the session to 75 minutes.