Frequently Asked Questions
Are Social Work services covered by OHIP or Extended Health Insurance Policies?
Social Work services are not covered by OHIP can can be covered under many workplace extended health benefits. Please contact your insurance company to find out what services are covered under your plan. All Social Work services can be claimed as a medical expense for income tax purposes.
What are the expected costs of counseling?
My fees are within the guidelines recommended by the Ontario Association of Social Workers and in keeping with my years of experience and training. The cost of counselling can be a major consideration in the length of counselling and can be determined by budget, availability of insurance, and types of issues to be addressed. Some issues can be resolved within 4 to 12 sessions, whereas other issues may be more deep rooted and need a longer term approach. We will discuss your needs to come up with a plan that works for you.
Are services confidential?
People come to counselling to discuss sensitive issues so it is important to emphasize the importance of maintaining confidentiality of your personal information. There are some limitations to confidentiality which I will outline in our first meeting. In some cases I may ask for written permission to consult with other relevant health professionals or other third parties who request information regarding your care.
Do you provide a free initial consultation?
I provide a free 20 minute phone consultation for us to get some background and determine if I can address your needs for counselling. At our initial meeting we will explore your issues in more detail and see if it is a good fit to work together.
What can I expect in a session?
Each session is 50 minutes in length and I will create a safe and supportive space our therapeutic conversations. For couples counselling, I recommend 90 minute sessions which are charged at the regular hourly rate for 1.5 hours.
What form of payment to you accept?
I accept cash, cheques, e-transfer or credit cards payments. Payment is required by the end of the session.
What is your cancellation policy?
My cancellation policy is 48 hours notice. This gives me enough time to offer this appointment time to another person.