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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a Registered Psychotherapist?

A registered psychotherapist is a regulated practitioner in psychotherapy in good standing with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). In Ontario, therapists who are registered with the CRPO, use the title or designation of Registered Psychotherapist and have the abbreviation RP after their name.

What to expect when I call or send an email?

Once we receive your request, we will contact you to set up a time and date for a Free 15 minutes phone consultation during which you will have a chance to speak with your treating therapist, and any ask questions you might have about our services. The goal is to make your feel more confident in your decision to come in for your initial sessions.

What I should expect in the first appointment?

The initial appointment involves a detailed intake to understand your background, your strengths, and your presenting problems.  Our aim is to get to know each client better as a person, and within their family/relational system. Based on the information you provide and in a collaborative process we will start to formulate a treatment plan that would meet your specific psychological needs.  At the end of the consultation, you will have a better idea on what are the imminent issues that needs to be addressed, what type of treatment you would receive (eg. CBT), and what would be the long-term outcomes for your therapy. Sometimes an individual’s primary concerns or symptoms are not within our area of expertise. If this happens, we will refer you to another professional who can help.

How often should we meet and how long would be the course of my treatment?

Treatment sessions typically take place once per week which could vary depending on client’s condition. Depending on your specific needs and goals, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to focus on more in-depth personal journey. While most clients start to experience some positive change with (6-8 sessions), generally treatment length could ranges from 12-20 sessions for issues such as moderate anxiety or depression. Therapy is a collaborative process and your progress and goals will be reviewed and discussed during the course of treatment.

Are the services covered by OHIP?

No, services of psychotherapists are not covered by OHIP. However, many extended health benefit plans offer some yearly coverage for Psychotherapy services. Please check your insurance policy for further details.

Do you prescribe medications?

As registered psychotherapist we do not prescribe medications. We are fully respectful of individuals’ decision to use or not to use medications and we are happy to work collaboratively with family physicians and psychiatrists in this regard.

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