Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect when I come to counselling?
Counselling is a place where you come to discuss issues that have been impacting your life. We will collaborate together and use your strengths to develop a detailed plan to create positive change!
What issues do you treat?
I work with very diverse people suffering from a range of issues. Some common examples include:
Anxiety and Depression
Sports Specific Mental Health Work
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Family and Relationship Issues
Academic or Career Issues
Grief and Loss
If you do not see your specific issue here please contact me to discuss if I have experience and would be a good fit for your needs.
What happens when I contact you?
If you contact me I will respond to you as quickly as possible and arrange a mutually agreeable time to have a phone conversation. During the phone conversation, I will assess your needs and strengths. We will discuss your goals to support the development of a treatment plan.
This phone conversation is also a good chance or you see if you think we would be a good fit to work together and ask any questions you may be curious about.
If we both decide that the fit is a good one sessions would start typically within a week depending on my volume. Sessions usually take place in my office centrally located at 563 Gladstone Ave. in Ottawa. If this is not agreeable to you I also offer Video Counselling to accommodate different locations and needs.
Where can I get help immediately?
If you find yourself in a crisis situation where you are concerned about your safety please contact 911 immediately or attend your nearest hospital right away.
If you need to connect with someone right away you can contact the Distress Centre of Ottawa at:
613-238-3311 or 1-866-676-1080
My service does not operate on a 24/7 basis. I attend to my clients' needs and requests during my scheduled business hours from 10am to 8pm Monday to Thursday and 10 am to 4 pm Friday to Saturday.
How much does counselling cost?
My rate for Individual Counselling is $150 for a 50-minute session.
My rate for Child and Youth Counselling is $ 150 for a 50-minute session.
My rate for Video Counselling is $150 for a 50-minute session
My rate for Couples Therapy and Family-Based Therapy is $ 165 for a 1-hour session
If my rate is not feasible for your finances please contact me to discuss what options are available for you.
What are your qualifications?
I am a Registered Social Worker with Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers Registration #: 827305.
I am a Master of Social Work graduate from the University of Toronto.
I have certificates in:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Can you refer me to other professionals?
I will always make the best possible effort to ensure that you have access to the best possible professional for your specific issue. If I genuinely feel I am able to help you in a meaningful way I will. However, if your issue is beyond my scope of practice I will refer you to another professional whom I know will be better able to meet your needs.
Is our conversation confidential?
I always keep everything we talk about completely confidential. The only limitation is if there are safety concerns where I feel that your safety or another person's safety are at risk.
Does OHIP cover counselling?
OHIP does not cover counselling and psychotherapy at this time.
However, many Extended Health Care plans DO cover service from a Registered Social Worker. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider and inquire about their requirements for your coverage.
I will write you an Invoice that you can submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement.