Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I pick the right therapist?
Picking the "right" therapist can be daunting, especially with all of the options.
After you have done a search, write down a few therapists that catch your eye and ask them if they offer a free consultation. Consultations are a great way to break the ice and determine if you and the therapist are a good match.
I offer free 20 minute consultations with clients over the phone, or virtually- to determine whether it would be a good fit.
With that said, I have excellent client retention and believe I have the ability to create a customized approach for the majority of clients that come my way.
If I do not think we will be able to work together, I will happily refer you to colleagues in my network who potentially could.
Lastly, try and follow your gut. If it feels right, there's no harm in booking a session and seeing where it goes.
How many sessions do I need?
I wish I had a universal answer to this question. It depends on the reason for service, the goals, and willingness to go within. I will facilitate and hold that space for you, gently guide you where you may feel stuck, and offer reflections and perspectives to explore.
I suggest a minimum of three sessions to get a feel for the process. I always make sure I check in before and after every session to get a sense of where you are at, and proceed accordingly. We will work together towards your goals.
Sessions and rates:
Sessions are 50 minutes long
Adult rate is 160$
Student rate is 125$
Please note sliding scale rates are reserved for clients who do not have access to insurance and are struggling financially to pay the full rate. If you feel you qualify for a reduced rate, I would be more than happy to discuss how I can make my services accessible for you.
Are you covered by Insurance?
I am registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Most insurance companies do cover my services, and you will be provided a receipt after each session.
Double check with your insurance provider to see if and how much they cover for a Registered Social Worker.
I do not do direct billing at this time.
Do you only offer individual therapy?
Yes. I am only taking on individual clients at this time. I hope to offer couple's counselling in the near future.
Do you work with kids?
I do not work with children/youth at this time. If you would like to be connected to a therapist who does, please let me know and I can refer you.
What does intersectionality mean?
The term intersectionality honours the complexities of the various facets of our identity and how they impact our experiences. These facets include (but are not limited to); race, class, gender, ability, sex, sexuality, and religion.
Can you fix me?
You may laugh at this question, but trust me, this question is asked! Even IF I had a magic wand that could erase all of the uncomfortable experiences you've been through, I wouldn't use it.
You're a masterpiece. Your canvas tells a story, one that needs no fixing. It is all a reminder of what you've been through, a testament to what you have survived. It tells a story, YOUR story. Some parts painful, some parts hopeful. I would be honoured to help you discover the wisdom in all of it, even the parts that hurt.
Will I feel happy after every session?
If you were to go to the gym and lift weights, chances are you might feel sore the next day. The process might be painful, in fact, you might not want to show up sometimes. Over time, you notice results, you feel better, stand taller, and your body acclimates.
I like to think of therapy this way. When you first begin, you might feel raw and exposed. You might dive into some painful memories that need to be unearthed in order to grow. You might resist the urge in loving the parts of yourself that are hard to love ( Carl Jung refers to those parts as our "shadow").
The experience may feel heavy at times; in fact, it might bring up repressed memories, feelings you are not familiar with, and it may feel new. You could expect feeling shifts in mood, you might need more sleep, you might need more rest. Be kind to yourself. We will plan around your sessions. On the flip side, you might feel lighter, you might feel a little less misunderstood, and we might even find ourselves laughing in session.
Therapy is a vulnerable, intimate experience that will give you the tools to thrive. Much like working out, consistency, discipline, and commitment to the work is the only way to yield results.
With that said, my goal is to help you reach a level of radical acceptance and highlight your resilience, so you can move through discomfort with grace, humility, and hope.