Frequently Asked Questions
• What is indicated by the credential "R.S.W." following the counsellor's name?
• What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
• How will I know if there is a good working relationship between myself and the counsellor?
• How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?
• Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
• How do I pay?
• Are these services covered under OHIP?
• What is meant by confidentiality?
• Where can I park?
• Do both partners have to attend the sessions for marital/couple counselling?
• What should I expect at the first session of marital/couple counselling?
• Do you prescribe medications?
• My question is not answered here.
What is indicated by the credential "R.S.W." following the counsellor's name?
A Registered Social Worker is governed by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) which regulates its members to protect the public from professional misconduct. Social Workers who are members of the College follow certain standards of practice and a Code of Ethics adopted by the College.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy and counselling are often used interchangeably, but there are some differences as well. Counselling involves two people working together to find resolution to a problem. Whereas, psychotherapy is generally longer treatment that focuses on insight into chronic physical and emotional problems. The focus typically is based upon the patient's thought processes and perception of being in their environment, and not necessarily on a specific problem.
How will I know if there is a good working relationship between myself and the counsellor?
Within two to three sessions you should know if you have a good working relationship with the counsellor. This knowledge is based on the sense of connection with the counsellor, whether or not you felt heard and understood, and whether or not the counsellor was responsive, focused and attentive to your concerns.
How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?
The most important process in creating change is based upon he relationship you have with your therapist. Researchers studying various techniques found that no matter the approach used with your clients there was one important criteria that seemed to determine success or failure. That criteria was whether there was a good connection between the therapist and client, which was the most important determinant for a positive outcome. You need to trust your gut-feeling when you meet your the therapist. Am I the person you will trust to share your most personal thoughts and insights? Do you respect and feel comfortable with me? Do you feel I will be beneficial in helping you?
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
No, you can phone or e-mail to book an appointment.
How do I pay?
You can pay by cheque or cash, either before or immediately after every session.
Depending on your need I will either provide you with a receipt upon payment or a monthly printed receipt with a summary of your sessions.
Are these services covered under OHIP?
Services are not covered under OHIP. However, they may be covered under your workplace Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or covered by your insurance company.
What is meant by confidentiality?
In most instances, counselling information is kept confidential, meaning it is not shared with a third party unless written and informed consent is given. However, in some cases counsellors are legally and ethically bound to share information with appropriate individuals and agencies without consent. These instances involve abuse of a minor, a person who is at risk of injuring him or her self or others, or when information is mandated by the courts.
Where can I park?
There is free parking in the lot beside the office.
Do both partners have to attend the sessions for marital/couple counselling?
No, but having both partners present is usually preferred.
What should I expect at the first session of marital/couple counselling?
During the first session, I prefer to see the couple together for a brief introduction, and then I see the individual partners separately to complete an assessment. After both partners are assessed, I see the couple together for the remainder of the session to discuss how we will proceed with counselling. The couple is seen together in the remaining sessions. Occasionally, additional individual sessions are required for one or both partners.
Do you prescribe medications?
No, only a physician or a psychiatrist can prescribe medications. However, counsellors will work with physicians and psychiatrists to monitor the usefulness of medications. The combination of medication and counselling can provide optimum treatment in some situations.
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