Frequently Asked Questions
- What can I expect at a first session?
Many people feel nervous about starting therapy but you don’t need to be anxious. The first session is typically a chance for us to get to know each other. I will ask you a little bit about yourself and what you’re looking for help with. I’ll tell you about what I can offer and any thoughts I might have about which therapeutic approach may be most helpful for you. You’ll have the opportunity to give me your impressions and ask any questions you’d like. If the conversation is brief, we may move on to some therapy, but most often, the first session is sharing information and making a tentative plan for next steps.
- Do I need a referral from my doctor?
Nope, no referral needed! Just give me a call or send me a text or email and I can get you booked, asap.
- How do I know if a therapist is the right fit for me?
Research shows that more than any specific technique, it is the relationship or connection between the therapist and client that makes therapy effective. For this reason, it is very important to find a therapist you feel comfortable with. You may wish to speak to several different therapists before you make your choice. Ask them questions about their approach, qualifications, and experience. Get a sense of who they are and if you feel comfortable with them. A good therapist won’t be offended if you tell them the fit doesn’t feel right. In fact, they’ll probably give you the names of a few other therapists who might be a better match.
- How long does therapy take?
There is no one answer to the question of how long therapy takes. Length of treatment depends on things like the nature of the presenting problem (i.e., what you’re seeking help with), the severity of your symptoms, your treatment goals, current life stressors, and available supports outside of therapy. Sometimes people only need a few sessions to work through a specific issue. Other times, longer-term therapy is needed for effective treatment.
- What is the difference between a psychologist and other types of therapists?
A Clinical Psychologist is a regulated health professional governed by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. In Ontario, psychologists must go through three levels of examinations and a year of post-doctoral supervision to register with the college. As well, doctoral-level psychologists are among the most highly educated and trained mental health professionals, typically having 7-10 years of post-graduate schooling before engaging in the process of registering with the College. Psychiatrists are physicians (MDs) who have additional training in psychiatry. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication whereas psychologists cannot.
There are many excellent therapist from all different backgrounds. Regardless of initial education, it is critical that therapists continue their education through workshops, conferences and seminars. An important part of interviewing a potential therapist is asking not only about their degrees but also what additional training they have undertaken.
- Where are you located and how do I get to you?
For location, maps, and directions, please see my contact page.
- Is there free parking?
Yes, there is free parking in the building parking lot and on surrounding side streets.
- Is your office wheelchair accessible?
Yes! The ramp is on the south side of the building and there is an elevator to the second floor.