Are your services covered by insurance?
Most large insurance companies provide coverage for Mental Health Service or Professional Services such as Social Worker, Master of Social Work, of Psychotherapist. My credentials are as follows:
Bachelor Degree in Social Work (BSW)
Master Degree in Social Work (MSW)
Registeration with the Alberta College of Social Workers (#7250)
Registration with Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (#844179)
Psychotherapist in the Province of Ontario. I am also a Certified Hakomi Therapist, internationally. Your services should be covered as long as you insurance company covers any of these professional designations.
What kinds of problems do you work with?
I work with people of all walks of life and who experience diverse problems including:
grief and loss (including support for families in palliative care and MAID)
the challenges of immigrant experience
addiction and recovery
religious trauma and healing
parenting (children and adolescents)
supporting women in pregnancy
neonatal & postpartum mood disorders
gender identity and sexual diversity
sexual orientation (LBGTQIS2+ ally)
sex and relationships
marital and couple relationships
How long does therapy take?
Typically, sessions are 60 minutes long. Longer can be 1.5 hours and are available on request. Sometimes Couples' and Family Therapy Sessions are best when we have more time together to work through things. Longer session are pro-rated based on the hourly fee.
The course of therapy varies between clients and clients issues. In most cases anywhere between 3-10 sessions on a weekly or bi-weekly basis is sufficient to address acute situations.
Will therapy make me feel worse?
A central guiding principle in my practice if "non-violence", which means that
I offer ideas, support, encouragement, and mindful facilitation in a safe and constructive space for all people and all relationships to engage the deep personal work of healing. The process of therapy is intended to help you connect with the courage to address any mental, emotional, and interpersonal relationship problems.
The process of starting to come face to face with our issues and beginning to connect with our Selves in a new way can feel vulnerable. As your therapist, I track closely your system's responses to our work together to make sure that we are managing feelings of overwhelm and discomfort, and to gently explore without causing any unnecessary pain.