$120 per 50 minute session for individuals
$90 per 50 minute session for students
$180 per 90 minute session of couples therapy
Do you offer a free consultation?:
For individuals, I offer a free 15 minute introductory consultation to allow you to meet me in person, to ask questions about the therapy process, and to get a sense of your potential "road map". This consultation gives you a chance to decide if I would be a good fit for your needs.
For couples, I offer an initial shortened 45 minute session at $90. It is a chance for me to hear about the relationship problems, a chance for you to meet me before working together and for me to give you a sense of what our "road map" might be moving forward.
Yes, many do. Please check with your insurance to see if they reimburse any of the cost of therapy with a Registered Clinical Social Worker or a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I am happy to assist in the process if necessary.
I accept cash, cheques, e-transfer & credit card.
I give receipts upon payment at the close of each session. We will discuss your form of payment in the first session.
This varies from person to person. There are a number of factors going into this decision and it is a shared decision. I often recommend starting with weekly sessions. This allows you to get used to therapy and is a decent amount of time to let new concepts and feelings bubble inside you between sessions. Some clients continue on with weekly sessions while others choose to slow down to every other week. During times of crisis, I often recommend coming in twice a week until the crisis has settled down.
Once you have been in therapy with me, I always keep my door open. So, when you have something new pop up in life, you are welcome to come back for a session now and then or resume therapy at any time.
I have studied and worked with a number of theories and techniques making it impossible for me precisely define my style. But, I consider myself to be rooted in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory. Basically, I consider the relationships you had with your primary care providers (usually mother and father) to be the "blue print" for lessons on how you relate to others as an adult.
No. That is a technique used in psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis involves the therapist sitting in a chair listening while the client lies on a couch and cannot see the analyist's face. Often clients come daily for therapy for several years. If you are interested in psychoanalysis, I can refer you to a therapist that works in this style.
Clients can find excellent therapy in both private practice and public care. However, private practice provides a level of individualized care, privacy, continuity of care, and flexibility that often surpasses public care. Public systems often don't have the time and space to accommodate the many people seeking care.
I wrote a blog post on this topic because I get asked this question frequently. You can read my answer here.