Frequently Asked Questions
What type of therapist are you?
I am a change focused therapist, using therapy that is experiential. I am trained in Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy and I also integrate Internal Family Systems, Energy Medicine, Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion.
Do I need a family doctor’s referral or can I contact you directly?
You will need to have a doctor’s referral. I only accept clients through a doctor’s referral. A referral can be made via fax, or email. You can advise your family doctor of this website. Once the referral is made you will be contacted by phone (please ensure that your family doctor has your correct contact numbers) and a confidential intake questionnaire will be provided to you to fill in prior to your first appointment.
If you do not have a family doctor then you can go to Health Care Connect.
How much time should I anticipate for a consultation? Is the first longer than the following ones?
Every appointment will be 50 – 80 minutes long, unless otherwise arranged.
How many sessions will I need?
There is no hard and fast rule about the number of sessions as long as change is occurring. If no progress is being made then I will help you to find someone else who may be a better fit to work with you on your journey. We will know when we are near the conclusion of counseling.
How often are appointments scheduled?
Most clients will be seen weekly, especially in the initial process.
Can you prescribe medications?
Yes, however, I will be working with your family physician in order that medications are kept in their name.
Can I email you between sessions?
Email can be used to cancel and change appointments once you have been accepted into my practice. I am unable to give advice or manage your case via email as it is not confidential and may not be answered in a timely manner. We will mostly communicate by phone once you have been accepted into my practice.
Are you a registered psychologist?
No, I am a Medical Doctor trained in family medicine and psychotherapy. I belong to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and am accredited with the Canadian College of Family Physicians , The Medical Psychotherapy Association of Canada and the Satir Institute of the Pacific.
What is your cancellation policy? (or What if I miss an appointment?)
If you have not given me 24 hours’ notice then there will be a $125 fee for a no show appointment.
What if I am late, will you still see me?
I generally run on time, so if you are late I will see you but for a shorter appointment. If this becomes a pattern then we will discuss together how best to manage this situation.
What should I expect during the appointments?
We will do some mindfulness, to centre ourselves and connect with what you really need for the session. Exploration will be through inquiry from Virginia Satir’s Model in which you will experience your own inner wisdom and through the detection of your inner world of parts and how these may be helping or hindering you. (Have you ever been in a struggle where a part of you says this and another part says something else? This is what I mean about an exploration of our internal world of parts). We will also look at how you relate to not only your outer world but also your inner world. We will work together on what is needed in the session and how to get there. You can then make new decisions for how you want to use these parts, integrate them and be in your life.
What are your fees, and how do I pay them?
The fees for the appointments are covered by OHIP, so you must have a valid OHIP card or the fee will be $125 ( and can be paid by cheque or etransfer).
Is your office wheelchair accessible?
My main office, at The Westend Family Care Clinic is wheelchair accessible with parking, ramp, door and washroom facilities. Service animals and support persons are also welcome.
Can you come to my house?
I do not make house calls.
Do you offer evening and weekend appointments?
At the moment I do not.
What is the best way to reach you?
The best way to reach me is by phone, fax and/or email.