What is the difference between a Psychotherapist, Psychologist, and a Psychiatrist?
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in psychiatric medicine and focus on the malfunctioning of the human body such as chemical imbalances in the brain. They are able to diagnose, treat and prescribe medicine.
Psychologists typically have a PhD, are trained in the science of psychology, which explores the predictable relationships between individuals and their environments in order to understand or influence the functioning of them. They are trained in assessment and treatment. They are not able to prescribe medicine.
Psychotherapists are trained in talk and experiential therapy to help improve the quality of life, satisfaction in relationships, functioning in society, performance in work or play, general health and well being of individuals. They are not qualified to diagnose or prescribe medicine to individuals.
In Ontario, there is a new College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. This body oversees the conduct of all who practice psychotherapy in the province.
- Therapist-in-Training (students who have completed studies and are seeing clients): working on completing 125 client contact hours and 50 hours of supervision. Not able to issue official receipts for insurance purposes.
- Registered Psychotherapist Qualifying (RP–Qualifying): are for those who are registered with the College and are being supervised until 450 client contact hours and 100 hours of supervision are completed.
- Registered Psychotherapist (RP): still has to be supervised until 1000 hours of client contact hours are completed but even then it is suggested.
CRPO also ensures ongoing continuing education, quality assurance, and ethical standards are met by all those practicing psychotherapy.
As a therapist-in-training, I have completed all my required client contact hours and am currently applying for registration. I am being supervised, which does not affect the overall therapeutic relationship or affect confidentiality.
How often do I need to come?
This depends greatly on your ability and current issues. It is recommended to come weekly for the first few months and then when ready every 2-3 weeks or as needed. It is helpful to have a regular schedule so that you can continue to process and make movement forward. Therapy is a commitment to your self and to your healing process.
Is there a minimum number of sessions I need to commit to?
There is no commitment to the number of sessions. You are welcome to come and go as you please.
Is Psychotherapy covered by my benefits plan?
Psychotherapy is not covered by OHIP, however, many insurance companies offer coverage. You will have to check with your plan for details.
I am currently registering with the College and not able to offer official insurance receipts. Many insurance companies still do not cover psychotherapy. I offer accessible rates. You can keep all your receipts to be used as medical receipts when doing your income tax.
Do sessions have to be in person?
We can conduct sessions online via skype/Google Hangouts. Please note that for best results ensure that you are in a private setting with headphones so that we can communicate most effectively.
In some cases, I am happy to come to you if accessibility is an issue (especially for those who are ill, suffer from a chronic illness that makes mobility an issue, or you are caring for someone who is). I do home and hospital visits as needed and if I am able. Please contact me for more information.
What can you expect?
I offer a free 30-minute consultation. This allows us a chance to meet and discuss therapy, your goals, and see if we resonate with each other. This is not an active therapy session.
Our first active session will be the intake session where I gather your history, sign any paperwork, and give us a chance to set some goals for our time together. At that time, we will determine the schedule for sessions (weekly or bi-weekly). Regular sessions are 60 minutes.
All regular sessions are client-centred and focused on your therapeutic goals. As the relationship develops and time goes on, goals are re-evaluated as needed.
Location, Rate and Hours
Tuesdays & Wednesdays I practice out of a location near Bloor and Christie (Christie Station). There is free street parking during the day.
Regular rate of $75/hour.
Hours: 12-8pm (Tuesday)
Hours: 12-5:30pm (Wednesday)
Thursdays I practice out of Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre on College and Dovercourt.
Regular rate of $75/hour.
Hours: 12pm to 8pm
Sliding Scale available – please email for details and availability.
What is your rate?
I believe therapy should be accessible and available to anyone who wishes to explore and heal. My hourly rate ($75) includes Energy Sessions, Life Coaching, Private Yoga, Meditation, and Doula Support. Please note for yoga I only offer Kundalini and Restorative now. I am not currently teaching hatha-based classes (but I have some amazing recommendations if you want one)!
I also have doula packages available for Fertility (8-week session), Post-Partum (based on package number of hours), and End of Life Care (package of hours and day rate). Grief Circles are 10-week rotations and are closed groups. All packages can be found in the store.
How do I pay?
You will be invoiced within 24 hours of your session. You have the option of paying via credit card, sending an e-transfer, or pay cash at the session. Late cancellations (less than 24 hours notice), unless extreme emergency, are charged for a full session fee.
Contact/Book a Session
If you would like to start therapy with me, please contact me or set up an appointment.