I've had a private practice in both Toronto and the Niagara Region for more than 25 years. Currently, I have two office locations, one in Niagara-on-the-Lake and one in St. Catharines.
In our first meeting, we'll spend a few minutes on administrative details, such as confidentiality (see below) and the responsibilities of a regulated health care professional. But my primary goal will be to develop a thorough understanding of the issues you're up against in order to help you develop some fresh ideas moving forward.
Entering therapy can make a person feel vulnerable given the personal nature of our discussions, so I also strive to create a sense of safety and a respectful place.
I'm sometimes asked how many meetings are typical. While it varies from person to person given everyone's unique circumstances, I aim to make your experience efficient, thorough and results oriented. We review this on an ongoing basis. Overall, my goal is to help you to connect with your voice, wisdom, and desire to create the changes you're seeking.
I work with a number of agencies, providing assessment and therapy for youth, families and adults who have experienced complex trauma, physical and sexual abuse, and neglect.
The work we do together is confidential. At the same time, there are legislated limitations to confidentiality which I clarify with clients when we commence our work.
While psychotherapy is not covered by OHIP, I offer a competitive hourly rate. A percentage of my practice is dedicated to sliding scale fee. Please speak to me about these arrangements. Some employee assistance programs (EAPs) and insurance plans reimburse the cost of therapy by a registered psychotherapist. Ask your provider if you are covered.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.