WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Psychotherapy is primarily a talk-based therapy and is intended to help people improve and maintain their mental health and well-being. Registered Psychotherapists work with individuals, couples and families in individual and group settings. Psychotherapy occurs when the Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and client enter into a psychotherapeutic relationship where both work together to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. Individuals usually seek psychotherapy when they have thoughts, feelings, moods and behaviours that are adversely affecting their day-to-day lives, relationships and the ability to enjoy life. (CRPO, 2020)
HOW CAN WE MEET FOR APPOINTMENTS?
I know life can be hectic - or we can't meet for safety reasons - so I offer my clients the flexibility to meet in three ways: in-person, online or by phone.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL?
No - private individuals don't need a referral; you can contact me directly.
Active RCMP and CAF clients must obtain an internal referral prior to meeting with me in order to facilitate direct billing through Blue Cross. Veterans can contact me directly. Refugee claimants can also contact me directly but Government of Canada regulations state the need to obtain a referral for psychotherapy from a physician or Registered Nurse.
WILL I HAVE A SPECIALIZED TREATMENT PLAN?
Yes! I create tailor-made therapy plans for every client to meet their individual goals and needs. I strive to create a safe environment where clients feel free to explore their thoughts. emotions and experiences, and I help clients develop specific skills and new ways of thinking or behaving to that will help create positive changes in their lives. I have training and expertise in a range of evidence-informed therapeutic approaches and interventions and I usually integrate what works best for specific clients. Additionally, I bring specialist expertise in anxiety disorders, trauma, PTSD, and hoarding/clutter behaviours.
WILL MY INSURANCE PAY?
My fees are covered by many extended health care benefit plans. It is clients' responsibility to check with their insurance providers for coverage for Registered Psychotherapists and to submit all receipts for reimbursement (note: late cancellation fees are usually not covered by insurance plans).
I provide direct billing for RCMP, Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans and IRCC clients.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FIRST APPOINTMENT?
The First Appointment is different from other appointments because we'll review the terms of therapy service together and then I'll ask you a series of questions to better understand your concerns, needs and goals for therapy. The first appointment lets me understand what you're looking for and assess whether and how I can help you. It also gives both the therapist and client an opportunity to see if they think this will be a good fit for working together.