WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PSYCHOLOGIST AND A THERAPIST?
A psychologist has a doctoral degree in psychology and is required to register with the College of psychologists in their province to receive a license to practice. The term “Therapist” covers a broader umbrella of positions that is often used to encompass social workers and counsellors. Therapists may have degrees in various fields and their function depends on their level of expertise and qualifications. The main difference between a psychologist and therapist is that a psychologist is a trained social scientist who can diagnose mental disorders and provide appropriate specialized treatment. Therapists are those who can counsel, advise and help you with various feelings or decisions but are not always bound by licensure or codes.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT MY FIRST VISIT?
During the initial consult, an assessment of your needs and the main presenting issues will be done. Together, we will decide how to go forward with an individualized treatment plan.
HOW DOES COUPLE THERAPY WORK?
Typically, in the initial consultation, I will do an assessment of the couple’s presenting issues and the couple’s history. Then, a needs assessment of each partner will be offered individually. With the couple, we will discuss how to go forward with an appropriate treatment plan.
HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?
Sessions last 50 minutes and may be scheduled weekly, bi-weekly or as needed. Scheduling is flexible and will be discussed during the initial consultation and may be reassessed at any time.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?
My fees are consistent with the guidelines recommended by the Ontario Psychological Association. Rates will be discussed in more detail upon contact by telephone, email, or in person.
WHAT METHODS OF PAYMENT DO YOU TAKE?
Payment for services is due at the end of each session wherein an itemized receipt will be issued to you. Please retain this receipt for your insurance and income tax claims. Fees may be paid in cash or credit card.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
Please note that 48 hours’ notice is required to cancel your appointment without charge. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel or reschedule. The full-rate will apply to non-attendance or for a cancellation less than 48 hours prior to the start of the session.
IS THERAPY COVERED BY OHIP?
While not covered by OHIP, most private health insurance plans provide some coverage for psychological services. Fees are tax deductible as a medical expense, and possibly as a business expense or as an employee benefit by your company.
IS THERAPY CONFIDENTIAL?
All services are confidential in nature, with a few exceptions, as outlined by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. These will be reviewed in our first session or earlier if requested.