ABOUT PSYCHOTHERAPY

Psychotherapy is a collaborative effort between you and a Psychologist.  

It provides a supportive environment to talk openly about your concerns and feelings. Every client brings their own unique history into sessions, and therapeutic work is tailored to your situation, goals and needs. 

Psychologists assist by applying their knowledge and experience in the areas of human behaviour, behavioral change, as well as mental health assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

Information about the clinic is described below. You may also wish to consult What to Expect and FAQs.

 

REFERRALS

Self-referrals and referrals from health care professionals are welcome. If you are a health care provider and would like to make a referral, please use confidential voicemail or fax to send private health information.

CANCELLATIONS

Clients who cannot attend their scheduled appointment are asked to contact the office by telephone at least 48 hours before. Charges are levied for missed appointments, except in exceptional circumstances.

FEES

Unlike appointments with a family doctor, an Ontario Health Card is not presented during visits.  


Payment is due at the time of service via cash, cheque or e-transfer.

SERVICE HOURS

Toronto

Wednesday, 9 am to 2 pm

and 5 pm to 9 pm

&

Saturday, 9 am to 2 pm

Pickering

Tuesday, 9 am to noon

Friday, 9 am to 2 pm

 

YOUR FIRST VISIT

During your first session, you will be interviewed for about 1-1.5 hr and asked to complete questionnaires. The interview is focused on learning about your history (employment, education, physical health, medications, relationships, and self-care patterns), as well as about the current concern(s) that led you to seek out therapy. 

Depending on the complexity of the questionnaires you completed, you'll receive feedback about your test results in the first or second session. A treatment plan is developed collaboratively, which includes setting specific goals, and making an agreement about the duration and frequency of sessions, areas to explore in-depth, and types of change strategies to be used.

 

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

Anyone who is in danger of harming themselves or someone else is asked to go to the closest hospital emergency room or call 911. Crisis lines offer assistance to persons who are not in imminent danger, but who need support urgently:

Toronto

Toronto Gerstein Mobile Crisis Unit:  416-929-5200

Toronto Distress Line:   416-408-4357

Durham Region

Distress Centre Durham Crisis Line:  1-800-452-0688

Durham Mobile Crisis Team:  1-800-742-1890

 

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