FAQ

ARE YOUR SERVICES COVERED BY OHIP OR INSURANCE?

Unfortunately, Psychotherapy provided by either a Registered Psychotherapist or a Social Worker are not covered by OHIP.

Registered Psychotherapists are specialized in providing psychotherapy. In 2015 the government of Ontario proclaimed the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) ensuring the competency and qualifications of Registered Psychotherapists. Psychotherapy services provided by Registered Psychotherapists (RPs) are sometimes excluded from coverage in group benefits plans and private health plans. Some group benefit plans do not cover RP services because no one has asked for inclusion of this benefit.

If your insurance company does not cover for therapy by a Registered Psychotherapist, there are a few things you could do in order to get your therapy services covered.

  1. If you work in a unionized setting, ask your union representative to add RPs (Registered Psychotherapists) to the list of professional services included in the group benefits plan during the next contract negotiations.
  2. If you work in a non-unionized setting, ask your employer or human resources department to add RPs to the list of professional services included in the group benefits plan.
  3. If you have a private health plan, ask about adding coverage of RP  services to your plan. RP  should be a benefit in all private health plans.
  4. Ask your Family Physician to write you a referral letter for psychotherapeutic treatment by a Registered Psychotherapist. Some insurance companies accept this and could reimburse for the therapy sessions.
  5. Do you have a Health Spending Account included in your private health plan? Check to see if this would cover for therapy treatment by an RP.

 

HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO WAIT FOR A FIRST APPOINTMENT?

There is no waiting list to start working with me. I will schedule a free phone consultation with you within 2 days of you reaching out to me. You can reach me by email (info@pmptherapy.com), by phone ( 905.681.7359) or by filling out the contact form to the right of this page.

When the appointment will be scheduled for, depends on your availability and your therapist's availability.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THERAPY?

Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the therapist and client, and the particular problems you bring forward. Each of our therapists use different kinds of psychotherapeutic techniques that they will tailor the needs of their clients.

Psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. It calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to actively work on things we talk about, both during our sessions and at home. During the session we will discuss exercises for you to do during the week. This enables you to put the learned coping strategies and techniques into practice and learn from your experiences.

For more information on what to expect from therapy sessions, please visit the “Services” section on this website.

WILL PSYCHOTHERAPY MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A DIFFERENT PERSON INSTANTLY?

No, not instantly. Working on yourself takes time, motivation and persistence. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. These feelings may arise after a therapy session, or may take longer to manifest themselves.

If you are willing to put in the work, you will notice positive changes after therapy sessions. Therapy is about changing your mindset, putting newly learned coping skills into practice, and remembering that there is no such thing as failure only experiences to learn from.

Therapy is not a magic wand and it certainly does not change a person over night. It will give you long-lasting and positive changes you can use to manage stress and anxiety, reduce feelings of depression and anger, and may lead to a happier and healthier outlook on life.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF THERAPY AT PMPTHERAPY IS “THE RIGHT FIT”?

A mutually respectful and non-judgemental relationship is key for any psychotherapeutic relationship to blossom. This is the reason why I offer you a FREE phone consultation before booking a therapy appointment. In this way, we can get to know each other a little better and the therapist can give you more information about their sessions. This would also be the right opportunity for me to answer any questions that you may have and to see whether I would be the right therapist for you. If I feels that we are not a “right fit”, for example due to conflict of interest or the nature of your inquiry, I will give you names of therapists that would be a better match.

For your free phone consultation, call us at 905.681.7359.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “SOCIAL WORKER”, A “PSYCHOTHERAPIST”, A “PSYCHOLOGIST”, AND A “PSYCHIATRIST”?

This get’s so confusing! So here is the simplified answer.

Psychiatrist is a medical doctor, and therefor their services are mostly covered by OHIP. A Psychiatrist can prescribe psychiatric medication, clinically diagnose a patient (i.e. assess whether a patient fits the diagnosis of depression, anxiety, or another mental health illness) and sometimes they will also offer psychotherapy.

Psychologist usually has a PhD in Psychology and is covered by (most) insurance companies in Ontario. They can clinically diagnose a client, but cannot prescribe psychiatric medication. A Psychologist usually offers psychological assessments and psychotherapy.

Psychotherapist may be covered by personal insurance benefits. They treat people using different psychotherapeutic techniques.

Social Worker can also use psychotherapeutic techniques to help a client and use a biopsychosocial approach in their sessions.

I WORK FROM 9-5, CAN I COME AFTER WORKING HOURS?

Yes! I understand that working late, or working out of town may mean that some people prefer to schedule appointments in the evenings. I reserve several evening slots for those who work late and are unable to make a daytime appointment. Often these slots get filled up fast, so please make sure to call in advance to make sure your time is available.