Are your fees covered by OHIP?
While psychotherapy and social work are regulated health professions in Ontario, unfortunately they are not covered under OHIP. The majority of extended health benefits/employer benefits, however, do cover psychotherapy and social work services (typically in your health and dental insurance package). I encourage you to speak with your insurance provider about counselling services provided by a registered social worker and psychotherapist to determine your eligibility and approved rates of coverage. Furthermore, as of 2012 psychotherapy services provided by registered social workers are now recognized as an income tax deductible medical expense by Revenue Canada. Please consult this list for more information.
What are your fees for service?
The fee per therapy session is based on the standard rates for psychotherapists in Toronto, which tend to range between $100 and $250 per session depending on the therapist's education and experience. Fees are payable at the beginning or end of each session, unless we make other arrangements. Requests for additional documentation or reports are charged at my usual hourly rate.
SLIDING SCALE FEES
Due to the high demand for my services, I do not offer sliding scale at this time.
But my awesome colleagues at Shift do! For those that have extremely limited incomes, university students or teenagers paying out of pocket, my colleagues do offer a limited amount of "sliding scale" or special fee arrangement. Please email or call to inquire about this option should you be interested. Please note, due to high demand of sliding scale, we can not guarantee that a spot will be available.
What if I need to cancel an appointment ?
I require a full 24 hours notice for the cancellation of an appointment. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice, you will be charged the full rate of the session regardless of the reason, including for no-shows.
Are your services confidential?
Confidentiality is very important to me. It is paramount that you feel like you are able to talk openly and honestly in our therapy sessions knowing that all information discussed will be kept private.
My professional code of ethics, under the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, clearly defines that all information you share with me is confidential and will not be communicated, directly or indirectly, to anyone without your informed and written consent. The law states that there are rare exceptions to this rule, which we will discuss during our initial consultation. Although our therapy sessions will be kept confidential, I do not object to you revealing anything that we have discussed in therapy to anyone you want.