Frequently asked questions.
How much does therapy cost?
Sessions with our Registered Psychotherapists range from $170-$300 (tax included) and our therapist-interns offer a sliding scale based on financial need ($40-$115). When contemplating service costs, it might might be helpful to ask yourself what it might cost not to take the next step in caring for your mental health. If you were having a problem with your car, you could try to fix it on your own, but it would cost you in precious time, emotional energy and unnecessary frustration. The same thing applies to your mental health.
How long does therapy take?
The short answer is that it really depends! When dealing with complex, long-lasting issues, treatment may take longer. When the issue you have been working on has been resolved, and you no longer need therapy (i.e., you have significantly reduced your performance anxiety), then treatment can end there. You can think about going to therapy like going to the gym, except instead of building physical muscles, you are building mental muscles that will help you to become stronger, healthier and more flexible. We may need to work on motivation, and exploring and finding your "why" before we get momentum going. You may be asking, does that mean I have to go to keep going to the "mental gym" (i.e., therapy) for the rest of my life to keep up results? Absolutely not! We do not want you to stay in therapy forever. We will work together on supplying the right tools, perspectives and mindsets that you will then apply in every day life and practice, making this habit. And if things get tough again, and you need new strategies to adapt to your life circumstances, you can always come back. You are also more than welcome to access therapy as a way of maintaining your mental health with ongoing, but perhaps less frequent sessions.
Do you accept insurance?
We do not offer direct billing, however, most extended health plans do cover services provided by Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), and therapist-interns supervised by Registered Psychotherapists. We recommend that you call your insurance provider to inquire about your coverage. Many insurance companies are happy to take your call during business hours and will provide you with specific information about your coverage in a timely fashion.
What is the difference between therapy and coaching?
To become a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario you need to complete an educational or training program accredited by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) or an equivalent from another country, which often requires completing several hundred hours of direct client experience, undergoing supervision, and successfully passing the registration exam. Coaches, on the other hand, are self-regulated professionals.
Coaching often has an energetic, directive, and solution-focused feel to it. A coach helps increase accountability, teaches new skills and mindsets, provides resources, and offers many creative and varied ways to support a client goals, which can be personal or professional in nature. Psychotherapy, on the other hand often focuses on meaningful personal and relational challenges or goals. It tends to be centred on developing deep trust between the therapist and client so that the deeper work of healing can be facilitated. This may require greater vulnerability on the part of the client than in coaching, and tends to often be a challenging but highly rewarding experience (for both the therapist and the client).