Frequently Asked Questions
WHY CHOOSE PRIVATE THERAPY?
Waitlists for publicly-funded local programs are up to a year long, which can feel like a lifetime when it comes to the healthy development of a child or youth. In these programs, priority is typically given to young people who are experiencing severe mental health issues, leaving the majority of youth to fall through the cracks. My services are specialized and tailored to the needs of the youth and families I see. Wait times to start treatment with me are minimal to non-existent. Many families come to the conclusion that immediate, personalized and comprehensive treatment is a worthwhile investment.
HOW LONG WILL THERAPY TAKE?
This is a difficult question to answer, as every young person comes into treatment with a different set of problems, a different pace and a different level of commitment. I am a strong believer that very few children or youth need long-term treatment and, if they do, I am not the appropriate resource for them. I work collaboratively with families to set goals and time frames that best fit your schedule(s), budget and desired treatment outcomes.
ARE THERE PROBLEMS YOU DON'T TREAT?
Although I have had a lot of experience and training working with young people on a variety of different issues, there are some problems that can be better addressed by individuals or agencies that specialize in these areas. For instance, if you are looking for help with a child or youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, an addiction or an eating disorder, I would be happy to speak with you to see how I might help and/or connect you with an appropriate resource in the community.
DO YOU OFFER PLAY THERAPY?
Many therapists working with children and youth call themselves "play therapists", but this is actually a very specific approach that requires specialized training. I am trained in the use of CBT, TF-CBT and Mindfulness with young people, all of which have strong research evidence supporting their effectiveness. That said, I do have an Fine Arts background and I use a creative and play-based approach in my work with young people as a means of engaging them in treatment.
THE YOUTH I AM SEEKING HELP FOR IS FEMALE; WOULD A MALE THERAPIST MAKE HER UNCOMFORTABLE?
I would encourage you to ask that young person about her feelings before making any assumptions. Sometimes working with a same-gendered therapist feels safer and more comfortable, but sometimes the opposite is true. I have done successful work with both boys and girls, even around sensitive issues such as trauma and sexual health. If you decide that a female therapist would be more appropriate, please contact me and I would be happy to connect you with women working with children and youth in the area.
IS THERAPY PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL?
Confidentiality of my clients is very important to me and something I take very seriously. At the same time, there is certain information that ethically or legally I cannot keep private. I need to report any disclosures of abuse or maltreatment of a child under 16. I also need to inform appropriate supports when my clients express an intention to seriously harm themselves or someone else. A discussion of my confidentiality policy will always be a part of our initial meeting.
HOW MUCH DOES TREATMENT COST?
I charge $110 per 50-minute session .
Some families have additional medical coverage that can help offset the costs of therapy. Have a look to see if "registered social work services" are covered under your plan. If you are interested in service, but concerned that the fees will be a barrier, please contact me to discuss payment options.