What can I expect to happen at my appointment?
Counseling appointments are about 45-50 minutes. The first appointment is often a bit longer (allow 1.5 hours) and it is spent assessing the issue with which you would like help. We will start to create goals. I will also want to know about your history and you as a person.
What type of therapy do you do?
There are many different types of psychotherapy that have proven to be effective for different issues related to mental health challenges, and food and eating related problems. I only use evidence-based therapies, which mean that there is a body of evidence to support effectiveness. We will work together to determine the best fit for you with the highest probability of success. A collaborative approach will be used to determine this, given your goals, and how they can be reached in a time and cost effective manner.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
Please phone or email as soon as you know you won’t be able to make your appointed time. There may be someone waiting for your spot. If you fail to show up to your appointment, it is your responsibility to re-schedule.
Do you take insurance?
Many insurance plans provide coverage for psychotherapy services. Please contact your insurance company prior to your first appointment to understand your benefits. I will issue you a receipt at the end of your appointment which you will submit to be re-imbursed.
What type of payment do you take?
Cash, Cheque, Visa and MasterCard, are all currently accepted. Unfortunately I am not set up to take debit at this time.
Is everything we talk about confidential?
Your privacy is of paramount importance and the cornerstone of the therapeutic relationship. All of your data is kept paperlessly in a PHIPA compliant, double backed-up secure facility on Canadian soil. Records are kept for a period of 10 years.
As much as you are assured confidentiality, you should be aware that there are limits to confidentiality and these include the following:
- ) If you reveal intent to commit suicide or homicide your mental health practitioner has a duty to violate your confidentiality in order to ensure the safety of you or another party.
- ) If you reveal that a minor under the age of 16 is being abused physically, sexually or verbally, or being neglected your mental health practitioner has a duty to report this to the Children’s Aid Society.
- ) The relationship between client and therapist is not privileged, and records can be subpoenaed by a court of law.
- ) If you reveal that another regulated health professional has engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a client your mental health practitioner has a duty to report the professional in question to their college or regulating body.
Do you do Skype appointments?
Under certain circumstances, yes.
Do you see children?
I do not treat children under the age of 12, however I have had good success with helping parents of children under 12 understand and help facilitate positive body image, emotional well-being, relationship with food in minors.
Are you available in a crisis?
If a crisis develops, you may try to contact me, however this is not the nature of my practice, and I CANNOT GUARANTEE MY AVAILABILITY. Instead, I suggest you IMMEDIATELY phone of the following:
Community Crisis Centre: 519-973-4435
The Distress Centre: 519-256-5000
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Or go to your nearest Emergency Room. In the Windsor Essex Area you will want to proceed to WRH-OC at 1030 Ouellette Ave if you are aged 17 or above, or WRH-MC at 1995 Lens Avenue if you are age 16 or below if you are feeling like you cannot keep yourself, or your loved one safe.