Policies and Fees
Psychological sessions are 50 minutes, with the remaining 10 minutes of the hour being set aside for file maintenance.
Psychological services are not covered by OHIP. However, under many extended health insurance or employee benefit plans psychological services can be partially reimbursed, and can be claimed against income tax as health expenses. Most insurance plans provide coverage for psychological services ranging from $500 to $2000 per year. Please check your insurance coverage by asking questions such as:
- Does my insurance plan include psychological services / mental health benefits?
- Does the insurer require a physician’s referral to psychological services in order to reim burse psychological services?
- What is the deductible and has it been met?
- How much coverage for psychological services am I provided per year?
- What is the insurer’s year-end? That is, in what month of the year does my annual allow able coverage begin?
My fees are set based on the Guidelines and the Fee Schedule provided by the Ontario Psychological Association. Please contact me directly if you have any questions regarding therapy and the costs for therapy. I offer a free phone consultation to answer your questions and address any concerns.
I ask that clients pay at the end of each session by either cash or cheque, at which point a receipt is issued that you can submit to your insurer for reimbursement or use for medical expenses on income tax. If you miss your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be charged the full session fee.
Your personal and health information will remain private and confidential unless you give explicit written consent for me to share specific information with a particular person, which we would discuss in advance. However, there are some circumstances where I am required by law to disclose information even if you do not wish me to do so, such as when a child is being abused or neglected, a regulated health professional has been inappropriate with you sexually, there is risk of harm to yourself or someone else, or if the courts subpoena the records. I discuss these circumstances with each client when we first meet, and answer any questions or concerns regarding confidentiality and its limits.