What is Psychotherapy?
The Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (the “RHPA”) defines the controlled act of psychotherapy as follows:
“Treating, by means of psychotherapy technique, delivered through a therapeutic relationship, an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgement, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning.”
What this means, in practice, is working with a qualified therapist who uses evidence-based therapeutic interventions, to support positive change in your life. Psychotherapy is often a process of learning, unlearning and relearning – to help you become your best self.
Psychotherapy is also used to facilitate optimal adjustment, either to situations of ongoing stress, such as chronic mental or physical illness, or in acutely stressful situations, such as divorce or bereavement.
Who can Benefit?
Our clients come to therapy because they are experiencing a challenge and are looking to feel better. Therapy can bring a new perspective to the difficulties you are experiencing and can provide you with the direction and confidence needed to achieve your goals. If you are experiencing any of these issues and/or are feeling stuck and unsure of where to turn, therapy can help.
- Depression, sadness, loneliness
- Anxiety, panic, fear, shame
- Grief, bereavement and loss
- Low self-esteem or self-confidence, shyness
- Feeling stuck or wanting more
- Anger/aggression/communication problems
- LGBTQ issues
- Managing expectations of family members, friends, self
- Motivation and procrastination
- Life transitions
- Personal development and growth
- Stress management
- Relationship problems, instability, conflict or communication issues
- Work related issues
- Illness or disease diagnoses
- Death or sickness of a family member
Our Nurturing Health therapists are Registered Social Workers who provide services to individuals, couples, children, and teens, to address a variety of concerns. We use evidence-based practices to provide informed and effective therapeutic treatments for all of our clients. Our approach is compassionate, supportive, nonjudgmental, and strengths-based. Our style is gentle, with insight-based and thought-provoking questions that help shift perspective and find meaning. We look forward to working with you!
Our therapists are members of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).
While psychotherapy and social work are regulated health professions in Ontario, they are not, unfortunately, 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). We encourage you to speak with your insurance provider about counselling services provided by a Registered Social Worker to determine your eligibility and approved rates of coverage. Further, as of 2012, Psychotherapy services provided by Registered Social Workers are now recognized as an income tax deductible medical expense by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
The fee per therapy session is based on the standard rates for Registered Social Workers in Ontario, which range from $110 and $150 per session depending on the therapist’s education and experience. Our rate is $120 per 50 minute individual session and $140 per 75 minute couples session. Fees are payable at the beginning or end of each session, unless other arrangements are made with your therapist.
Sliding Scale Fees
For those who have extremely limited incomes, and are paying out of pocket, we do offer a “sliding scale” or special fee arrangement. Please speak with your therapist about any barriers to treatment, during your initial consultation session.
We 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.
Confidentiality is very important to us. It is paramount that you feel like you are able to talk openly and honestly in therapy sessions, knowing that all information discussed will be kept private. Our professional code of ethics, under the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, clearly defines that all information you share with your therapist 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 will be discussed during your initial consultation.
Waitlists for publicly-funded local programs can be quite long, which can feel like a lifetime when you are experiencing distress. Our services are specialized and tailored to the needs of the individuals and couples with whom we work. Wait times to start treatment with us are minimal to non-existent. Many people come to the conclusion that immediate, personalized and comprehensive treatment is a worthwhile investment. Moreover, many times the cost of private therapy is covered, or partially covered by extended health benefit plans.
This is a difficult question to answer, as every person comes into treatment with a different set of problems, a different pace, and a different level of commitment. That said, very few people who work with us need long-term treatment. If they do, we are likely not the appropriate resource for them. You will work collaboratively with your therapist to set goals and timelines that best fit your schedule(s), budget and desired treatment outcomes.
Although we do have had a lot of experience and training related to treating a diverse range of mental health concerns, there are some problems that can be better addressed by individuals or agencies that specialize in these areas. We would be happy to speak with you to see how we might be able to help or, alternatively, connect you with an appropriate resource in the community.
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