Our fees are not covered by OHIP, however many extended health insurance plans provide reimbursement for our therapists who are working under the supervision of our registered psychologist. When working under the supervision (supervision meaning the registered psychologist oversees the work by reviewing of notes and meeting with the therapist and/or client on a regular basis) of the psychologist, a receipt will be provided that can be submitted to insurance companies for reimbursement.
a) This allows you to get to know the therapist to determine whether or not the therapist is a good fit for your child or family before your child is asked to begin a therapeutic relationship with them.
b) This allows the therapist to collect all the necessary background information to complete a thorough assessment. Some information may be sensitive, and not appropriate for your child to be present while discussing.
Generally, we will request that teens and children younger than 16 do not attend the first session. Some exceptions may be made in the case of mature teens who are requesting, or initiating the counselling process. We will request that teens 16 and over be present at all first sessions, as we require their informed consent in counselling. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask us personally.
Our therapists are not designated custody assessors, nor will our therapists provide an opinion to the courts on custody arrangements. Parents will be asked to sign a consent form which speaks to the confidential nature of counselling, and how parents can maintain the therapeutic benefits of counselling.