Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychotherapist?
In Ontario, psychotherapists and psychologists are mental health professionals but have different training and qualifications. Psychotherapists specialize in providing therapy and counselling services, while psychologists often have additional training in psychological assessment and testing.
2. How do I know if I need therapy?
Deciding if therapy is right for you depends on your personal circumstances and needs. Some common signs that therapy may be beneficial include feeling overwhelmed, experiencing persistent sadness or anxiety, difficulty coping with stress, relationship problems, or a desire for personal growth and self-exploration. A therapist can help you determine if therapy is appropriate for your situation.
3. Is therapy covered by insurance or OHIP?
Psychotherapy services are not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). However, many private insurance plans offer coverage for therapy services. It's advisable to check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage and any reimbursement options for therapy.
4. How long are therapy sessions?
Therapy sessions typically last around 50 minutes to one hour, although the duration may vary depending on the approach and your specific needs. Longer sessions may be arranged for couples or specialized therapies.
5. How often should I attend therapy?
The frequency of therapy sessions depends on your individual needs and goals, as well as the recommendation of your therapist. Initially, sessions may be scheduled weekly or biweekly to establish rapport and work through immediate concerns. As progress is made, sessions may be spaced out to every few weeks or once a month.
6. Is therapy confidential in Ontario?
Yes, therapy is confidential in Ontario. Psychotherapists are bound by legal and ethical obligations to protect the privacy and confidentiality of their clients. However, there are legal exceptions to confidentiality, such as when there is a risk of harm to yourself or others. Your therapist will explain the limits of confidentiality during the initial sessions.
7. What is a Cancellation Policy?
Your appointment time is reserved just for you. A late cancellation of less than 24 hours or missed visit leaves a hole in the therapists’ day that could have been filled by another client. As such, I require 24 hours-notice for any cancellations or changes to your appointment. Those who provide less than 24 hours-notice, or miss their appointment, will be charged a cancellation fee. Cancellation fees are the amount of the full regular private fee for the service.
This cancellation fee cannot be claimed and reimbursed by your extended health plan. My receipt for the charge will state that it is a cancellation fee.