Frequently Asked Questions
What is the point of therapy?
Therapy can serve different purposes for different people. For some it is a confidential and safe place to work through things in their lives with the support of a professional trained in the psychology of mental health challenges, inter-relationship conflicts, child development, and any number of other specific areas. For others it is a place they can come for practical support: someone to help them stay accountable, to challenge them without bias, and to set and meet goals that will lead to a more stable or fulfilled life.
If you're wondering if therapy would be a good fit for you or your children, feel free to connect with me to schedule an initial appointment for free to see how you feel about it.
How long do I have to be in therapy for?
The answer to this is going to be different depending on the person and needs, but generally at minimum it takes 6 sessions for an individual to start to notice changes. We can meet every week, every other week or once a month - whatever works for you and meets your needs. Therapy appointments can continue to be booked for as long as you need, and can also draw to a close as soon as you are ready.
How much do therapy sessions cost?
What is the process if I want you to see my child?
Your initial information session is always free, so if you want to see how therapy feels but aren't sure if you are ready to commit please feel free to make an appointment with me to talk about your needs and goals, and how therapy might be able to support you. This initial session will last 30 minutes.
After the initial session, currently my individual sessions cost $120 per one clinical hour with 50 minutes of that being therapy time. My fees are the same no matter how our sessions are done - in person, via online video chat, online text, or phone. Home sessions cost $145 per one hour clinical session with 50 minutes of that being therapy time. Family therapy sessions are $150 per clinical hour with sessions being 50 minutes long, and depending on your needs may involve me including a second therapist to manage group dynamics and/or involve participating in individual therapy prior to meeting in therapy as a complete family unit.
If the only thing keeping you away from seeking support via therapy is the financial burden, please let me know and we can see if we can figure something out. I do offer a number of client spaces every week on a sliding scale so please feel free to ask me for more information about that if it would make therapy more accessible for you. I may also have some half hour sessions available for a reduced fee, though priority is given to those booking the full hour.
A lot of parents or guardians who have never been in therapy themselves have questions about what they can expect when I am working with their child. For our intake appointment I would request to see both you and your child, and that appointment will involve talking to each of you alone as well as talking together as a group.
If we decide to move forward with booking future sessions I will most likely request to see your child individually one-on-one so we can build a connection and identify my office as a safe space for them to work through whatever is going on. I may also request for you to attend monthly or bi-monthly appointments with your child so that you can be part of the process directly.
My policies state that children under the age of 16 require parental permission to participate in therapy. Above that age individuals can book appointments with me independently if they desire, though ideally the family would still be involved in some capacity. If you are a parent wondering about these policies or are a youth yourself who would like to know more, please don't hesitate to reach out and we can talk.
Are your services covered by my health plan?
Many private insurance plans and extended health benefits plans cover the cost of sessions with an RSW. To find out if my services are covered by your benefit provider you can contact them and ask directly "Does my benefit plan cover appointments with Registered Social Workers?"
If you will need a receipt after our appointment (whether you are planning to use it to claim insurance benefits or not) please let me know ahead of time whenever possible so that I can have it prepared for our session. Receipts can be provided on paper or electronically.
What is your cancellation policy?
I require 48 hours notice to cancel an appointment, otherwise you risk being invoiced the fee for that session. As I only have so many hours available any week an unexpected cancellation can mean that not only do I have a vacant session but also another person who may have wanted support during that time was unable to book an appointment. If you need to cancel you can send me a text, an email or call me directly.