Frequently Asked Questions2019-04-10T03:03:13+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

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Get answers to commonly asked questions about my services below.


How Does Counselling Start?2019-04-10T03:11:30+00:00

To begin your counselling simply book your initial session online here. During this first session we’ll explore what your current issues are, when they started, and how you would like to improve things going forward. Together we’ll discuss:

  • What can be expected from counselling.
  • What the limits to confidentiality are.
  • The length and cost of sessions.
  • Policies about cancellation and lateness.
  • Emergency contact information.
  • Your hopes and goals.
  • A general treatment plan.
  • Any other important agreements or considerations.
What Are Your Fees and Methods of Payment?2020-02-02T16:47:05+00:00

My fees are set according to current professional rates in Ontario:

  • Individual Sessions: $135/60min. (plus HST)
  • Psychologist insurance rate: $187.00/60min* (incl HST) (*Applies only if your insurance requires a Psychologist and doesn’t cover a Psychotherapist).
  • Sessions may be extended past 60min at a fraction of the hourly rate.
  • Payment by cash, credit card, or e-transfer.
  • Payment is provided at the end of sessions.
  • Group counselling fees as stated in the posting of that group. Groups require a 50% deposit prior to the beginning of the group with the remainder owing at the first group session.
Will My Insurance / Health Benefits Cover Your Services?2017-12-30T19:46:49+00:00

I am covered by most health insurance plans that cover the services of a Registered Psychotherapist or Registered Psychologist. It is best to call your insurance provider ahead of time and ask the following questions:

  • Do they cover psychotherapy or psychological services?
  • What is the total amount of coverage you are eligible per year (e.g., $300/year)
  • What are the necessary credential requirements of the provider (e.g., a Registered Psychotherapist or a Registered Psychologist)
  • How much is covered per session (e.g., 100%, up to a certain amount, etc.)
  • Is a physician’s referral/note required?
  • University of Guelph student benefit plans may cover up to 80% of the cost with a physician’s referral. Contact your student services to verify.
  • Conestoga College student benefit plans may cover up to 70% of sessions. Contact your student services department to verify.
What Are Your Hours?2020-02-02T16:46:20+00:00

My current hours are below:

  • Monday: 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am to 8:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
How Do I Schedule An Appointment?2019-04-10T02:54:42+00:00

The easiest way to book is to do so online here. My online booking calendar will show you my availability in real time and allow you to pick a time that works for you. You will get an instant e-mail confirmation of your appointment in addition to email reminders. No phone-tag or back and forth e-mails!

You can also schedule a session by calling or emailing me your preferred time to meet.

  • Book instantly online here.
  • Call locally from Guelph 226-780-0825
  • In your message please include your name, phone number, and a time when I can contact you
  • Alternatively, e-mail me at with a choice of two different times to meet.

I will return your call or reply to your e-mail within one business day.

Where Are You Located in Guelph?2017-12-30T19:48:14+00:00

My office is located in the Guelph Counselling Centre in the TD Canada Trust Professional Building in downtown Guelph. The Guelph Counselling Centre provides a relaxing and quiet environment specially designed to maintain your privacy and comfort. Our offices are specially sound proofed and used exclusively for counselling purposes.

  • 55 Cork St. E., Unit 302, Guelph, Ontario (Guelph Counselling Centre).
  • Located in the TD Canada Trust Professional Building at the corner of Wyndham St. and Cork St.
  • Free 2hr street parking along Cork St. and Macdonell St.
  • My office is open only for scheduled appointments so please call first to arrange your meeting time.
What Services Do You Offer?2017-12-29T22:40:24+00:00

I offer counselling, psychotherapy, and art therapy services in Guelph, Ontario for both adults and youth ages 16 and up. My services are available to any individual regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion, gender, disability, or sexual orientation.

What Kind Of Issues Can You Help With?2017-12-30T19:07:08+00:00

I have experience and training in helping you with the following types of issues:

  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Postpartum Issues
  • Emotional Self-Regulation
  • Suicidal thoughts and self-harm
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Life Purpose and Identity
Which Types of Therapy Do You Use?2017-12-30T19:08:46+00:00

I use both talk and art therapy approaches and will work with you to find an effective combination to match your preferences and distinct issues. These approaches include:

  • Art Therapy
  • Person-Centred Therapy
  • Mindfulness-based Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt Therapy
What Are Your Qualifications and Credentials2017-12-30T19:48:48+00:00

I hold a Masters level diploma in art therapy from and I am a qualifying member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. My education and professional responsibilities include the following:

  • Registered Member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Qualifying) (#006255)
  • Professional Membership with the Canadian Art Therapy Association
  • 2 year Masters Level Diploma in Art Therapy (VATI), Vancouver Art Therapy Institute (Vancouver, BC)
  • 4 year Honours Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts with specializations in Psychology and Philosophy, University of Guelph
  • I abide by the College of Registered Psychotherapists Code of Ethics
  • I am professionally insured
  • I undergo continuing education
  • I receive ongoing supervision
Is What I Share With You Private and Confidential?2019-01-08T22:16:54+00:00

All information shared in a counselling session is private and confidential except in the following instances:

  • There is a risk of imminent danger to an identifiable third party or to self.
  • There is suspicion of child abuse or neglect.
  • A disclosure is ordered by a court.
  • There is reasonable belief that a health professional is guilty of sexual abuse.
  • There is reasonable belief that abuse or neglect of residents living in Long-Term Care Facilities or Retirement Homes is taking place.
  • You have agreed to share information with another person (e.g., physician, family member, etc).
How Long and How Frequent Are Counselling Sessions?2017-12-30T19:49:32+00:00

The length of your counselling can be adjusted based on your needs. Generally speaking,

  • Sessions are 60 to 90 minutes in length.
  • Sessions often initially begin on a weekly basis.
  • As you start to feel better it is common to space your sessions out over time (e.g., every two weeks).
  • After reaching your initial counselling goals, we can set up follow-up sessions a month or more apart to help you maintain your changes.
  • We can adjust the frequency of sessions at any time, particularly if you’re struggling and need a session sooner than later.
  • There are no session caps unless we’ve agreed upon a sliding scale.
How Many Session Are Required?2017-12-30T19:50:06+00:00

The number of sessions required depends on the kind of issue you’re struggling with and how you’re experiencing progress in art therapy and counselling. Because this is highly individual, I do not set predetermined limits or expectations on the number of sessions you receive. Research shows that on average,

  • People experience rapid decreases in emotional distress within 3-4 sessions.
  • Significant and lasting improvement is most likely to occur after 8 or more sessions.
  • People can continue to see benefits in longer term counselling particularly for severe depression, addictions, trauma, and personality issues.

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