Psychotherapy Frequently Asked Questions
Is Psychotherapy covered?
Psychotherapy May be covered by your extended health care benefits. Please feel free to check in with your insurance providers to determine coverage for Social Work (MSW, RSW) or Psychotherapy. If you do not have benefits, you can include your receipts when filing your annual taxes. This service is not covered by OHIP.
How long will I be in Therapy?
Therapy can be both short-term (6 sessions) and long-term. The length of treatment will be a conversation between yourself and your therapist. Clients are also welcome to re-engage in Therapy throughout their lifespan, as we understand that life can be more stressful at times than others.
How often should I have a session?
Engaging in regular sessions creates momentum. Having time in between session to practice new strategies and skills is also just as important. Thus, engaging in weekly or bi-weekly sessions is typical. A conversation between yourself and your therapist around frequency will take place.
When will I start feeling better?
Connecting with a therapist is the first step to feeling better. Building trust and safety with your therapist is essential to this process. Engaging in Psychotherapy and sharing emotional vulnerabilities varies from person to person. Everyone’s process and journey is unique to them, and your therapist will regularly check-in with you to assess change and improvement in your emotional well-being and functioning.
Can I be a part of my child’s individual therapy?
Parents are an essential component to improving their children’s mental health. Parents are welcome to share their experience and observations of their children with their child’s therapist, and children and adolescents are encouraged to practice their communication skills with their parents. See confidentiality below.
Is what I talk about confidential?
Confidentiality is the responsibility of the therapist and client. Information disclosed in session will remain confidential, unless a client is suspected to be at risk of harming themselves or others. Health care professionals also have the responsibility to report any suspected or reported cases of child abuse (emotional, physical, psychological) or neglect as outlined by the Ontario Child and Family Services Act (CFSA). In cases of group therapy and family therapy, participants are informed of their responsibility in regards to respecting the confidentiality of others.
Personal Health Information Privacy Act (PHIPA)
Child & Family Services Act (CFSA)