FAQ

Answering your questions about therapy & counselling.

In general, sessions are $150.00 inclusive (social workers are exempt from charging HST on counselling services). Sessions are 50 minutes long.

Payment occurs at the end of a therapy session directly with your counsellor, by cheque, cash, or e-transfer. Receipts for insurance or personal tax reasons are sent via email.

Danielle is a graduate-level registered social worker (MSW, RSW). This service is covered by many student and employee extended health benefit plans. Check with your insurance provider to find out about your coverage.

If you don’t have benefits and are paying for counselling, when you file your taxes you can submit your receipts for clinical services provided by a social worker under the Medical Expense Tax Credit (METC)

By law, information that is shared between a client and a health care provider cannot be disclosed without the client’s consent. In general, the following exceptions to confidentiality apply:

  • The counsellor is concerned about suspected child abuse or neglect
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person
  • If a client discloses an intent to commit serious harm to themselves, we will make every effort to work together toward safety. However there may be times when a counsellor may need to take measures to ensure a clients safety (e.g. calling a family member).
  • Under special circumstances, we may be required by law to disclose personal health information (e.g., under a court subpoena).
  • If a client reports a past incident of abuse by a health professional and discloses the health professional’s name, we are required to report that individual to their governing college.

Your counsellor will discuss privacy and confidentiality with you in your first session and you will be asked to sign a digital waiver stating that this has been explained to you and that you understand it.

Therapy can look so different for everyone. Here is one sense of what it could look like:

Relationship building

  • the feeling that you are heard, understood and validated by your counsellor
  • the feeling that you are safe(r)
  • the feeling that you like and trust your counsellor

Therapy goals and plans

  • naming of the ‘problem’ or experiences and the development of a plan together
  • the feeling that you and your therapist are working toward your goals
  • feeling gently supported and challenged

The Work/Integration

  • a sense of feelings, thoughts, and/or behaviours shifting or the sense that your feelings make sense to you
  • noticing a shift in your relationships with family, friends and/or partners (or people in your life noticing a change in you)
  • noticing greater clarity in your sense of self and how you see yourself in the world

Checking in on therapy goals and plans

  • where is the ‘problem’ now?
  • is a new or updated plan needed?

Integration

  • possibly greater clarity about needs
  • possibly increased comfort with fear, anxiety, sadness, shame, grief
  • possibly continuing to grow around boundary setting
  • possibly the on-going development of a self-care plan that fuels mental/emotional wellness (and not shame!)

Closing

  • treatment will end when it feels right for you
  • once therapy goals are met, many clients like to book sessions on an in “as-needed” basis – the door is always open

Session frequency is often determined between client and therapist. It can look differently for different people, and it can fluctuate throughout different periods of time. It’s based on a person’s current needs, as well as on-going plans and goals for emotional wellness/mental health.

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