A clinical psychologist provides interventions for emotional and behavioural problems. In most parts of North America, including Ontario, a psychologist is required to complete a Masters and PhD in psychology during which time they complete several years of supervised clinical training before they can be registered as a psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. For more information, visit the following link http://www.cpa.ca/public/whatisapsychologist/
Is it confidential?
Seeking help is a very personal matter and I take your privacy very seriously. I have an ethical and legal responsibility not to disclose any information about the therapy session to third parties without your permission. I do however have a legal responsibility to disclose client information without prior consent in certain cases to protect clients and others (eg. child abuse). It is standard for me to discuss rules of confidentiality with you prior to commencing psychotherapy.
How long are your sessions? How frequently are they scheduled?
Psychotherapy sessions are one hour in length. For those seeking couple psychotherapy, I recommend sessions longer than one hour, and this is typically negotiated in the first session. Sessions can be weekly, biweekly, or even monthly.
How much do you charge?
I have set a fee that is representative of clinical psychologists in supervised practice that are currently building their practice. My fee is therefore on the lower end of the average rate that psychologists charge. OHIP does not cover these fees. However, extended health care benefits and most employment insurance plans reimburse fees for a registered psychologist.