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  • How long will I be in Therapy?
    The short answer is: it depends. The length of therapy is variable and can be influenced by the strength of the therapeutic relationship, the type of therapy being used, as well as factors unique to you (the client), such as character, goals, issues faced, life circumstances , etc. Ultimately, therapy is a collaborative process and progress and goals will be discussed throughout the course of treatment.
  • Is it covered by OHIP or private insurance benefits?
    We are a private practice, therefore, we are not covered by OHIP. Many employee benefit insurance programs cover some or all of the costs associated with seeing a Registered Social Worker or a Registered Psychotherapist; however, not all do. It is important to inquire with your insurance plan to determine the exact type of coverage and how much. If your insurance plan does cover therapy services you will need to submit a copy of your receipt to them to be reimbursed.
  • How much does therapy cost and how do I pay?
    Individual Therapy: $160 + HST per 60 min Group Therapy: $65 + HST per person per 90 min Individual Clinical Supervision: $160 + HST 60 min Dyadic Clinical Supervision (2 participants): $120 +HST per person per 60 min Group Clinical Supervision (3-4 participants): $65 +HST per person per 90 min Payment can be made via cash, e-transfer or credit card at the time of your session.
  • How long are sessions? How often do we meet?
    Our standard therapy sessions are 60 minutes in length. In terms of frequency, weekly sessions are a great place to start when beginning therapy in order to build trust and momentum with your goals. That said, determining frequency is a collaborative process that requires the consideration of many factors, like finances, goals, availability, type of therapy to be used.
  • What is the difference between a Registered Psychotherapist and a Registered Social Worker?
    Both of these regulated titles refer to professionals who are trained in and experienced with providing counselling and psychotherapy services. The main difference between these designations is the educational path taken. Registered Social Workers: are registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). The OCSWSSW regulates the ethical standards of their practice and allows registered social workers to practice the controlled act of psychotherapy. Registered social workers have a master's degree in social work, which requires the completion of supervised hours in a therapeutic setting. Registered Psychotherapists: are registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). They have varying educational backgrounds, but most have graduate degrees in psychology, psychotherapy, divinity, or counselling. The CRPO has their own registration requirements and all practitioners are required to complete exams on ethics and jurisprudence in addition to a number of post graduate supervised hours. Both are Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Social Workers required to complete ongoing professional development training and continuing competency practice reviews.
  • How does confidentiality work?
    As therapists we have a legal and ethical responsibility to protect our client's privacy by holding in strict confidence all information about clients. Therefore, we cannot disclose any information to a third party unless we have our client's consent to do so or it is required by law. The following are circumstances where there are limits to confidentiality: 1. On reasonable grounds that disclosure is necessary to eliminate or reduce significant, imminent risk of serious bodily harm. 2. Where disclosure is required under the Child and Family Services Act (e.g. when there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is in need of protection due to harm) 3. Where necessary for particular legal proceedings 4. To facilitate an investigation or inspection if authorized by warrant or by any provincial or federal law. 5. To contact a relative, friend or potential substitute decision-maker of the client,if the client is injured, incapacitated or ill and unable to give consent personally.
  • What are your areas of expertise?
    At healing space therapy our therapists are all trauma informed and have additional training in trauma. Each therapist has their specific areas of expertise. We welcome you to read about the unique expertise of each of our therapists in their bios!
  • What is your theoretical orientation?
    Each therapist has their unique approach; however, the basic guiding principles at healing space therapy emphasize taking a holistic approach as well as adopting trauma-informed practice principles when working with clients. This means that our therapists draw on multiple traditions and techniques to best address a person's needs. Additionally, values of safety and trust are crucial in building a strong therapeutic relationship.
  • What is evidence-based therapy?
    Evidence-based therapy means that the therapist is guided in their approach with clients by current and relevant research on effective treatment for the presenting issue or concern as well as clinical expertise and experience on what works for each unique client needs, characteristics and preferences. All of the therapy approaches used at Healing Space Therapy (e.g. EMDR, emotion focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, internal family systems therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy) are all evidence based treatments.
  • How do I get started?
    Finding a therapist can feel like a daunting task. You can start by asking friends and family for recommendations/referrals. You can also ask your family doctor for a list of names or look on Psychology Today for a list of qualified practitioners. Things to consider when selecting a therapist are: location (virtual or in-person), type of therapy, areas of expertise, insurance coverage, and the cost. Be sure to read the therapist bio's to get a sense of whether they resonate with you. From there, most therapists offer a free 15-minute consultation so that you can ask questions and get a felt sense for the goodness of fit. It may take a bit of time to find the right therapist for you but a good therapeutic relationship hugely impacts the success of therapy, so it is worth the initial leg work!
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