Our Services

What To Expect When Seeking Help

In our practice, we provide assessment, consultation and treatment services.

We work with a wide range of presenting concerns and assist people individually, as couples, or within family contexts. We bring to our work extensive training and experience in a number of theoretical models and perspectives. This enables us to work in a way that is individualized and responsive to peoples’ unique and specific needs.

We normally like to start by meeting with you for one or two assessment sessions. These initial sessions serve two purposes: (1) to give us an opportunity to get to know you and gain an understanding of your concerns and current circumstances and (2) to allow you the opportunity to get to know us and learn about how we work.

Usually after the second appointment we are able to have an informed discussion. Please note that these first steps are the same, whether you are asking for an assessment or treatment. We can tell you whether we think we can help and outline how we would proceed. You have a chance to discuss whether you feel comfortable working with us, whether our observations and recommendations make sense to you, and whether you wish to proceed. If you are considering treatment, you also have a chance to clarify how you think our work together may help you.

The decision to proceed is mutual, in that together we decide whether this process can be helpful to you. We also decide together how often and when we will meet.

If we are meeting for purposes of a psychological assessment, then the assessment details will be discussed with you in advance. The work required for psychological assessments varies greatly and depends on individual circumstances.

When we are providing treatment, we usually work with individuals on a once-a-week basis. Our work with couples and families frequently starts with weekly sessions and then progresses to sessions spaced two or three weeks apart, depending upon the circumstances. All sessions are 50 to 55 minutes long. The remaining minutes of the therapy hour are spent writing brief notes so that key information is retained.

About Confidentiality

Confidentiality is respected at all times. No information will be communicated, either directly or indirectly to a third party without your written, informed consent. For couples, the consent of both partners is necessary in order to release information from their common file.

Exceptions to confidentiality include legal obligation to:

Our psychologists may also consult with one another regarding your treatment for the purpose of enhancing client care.

Concerning Fees

All psychological services are charged on an hourly basis, according to the actual time involved. Should you require letters, reports, or the completion of forms, an additional fee will be applied based upon the time necessary to prepare these documents.

The hourly rate is set by the treating psychologist and will be discussed in advance of your first appointment. The fees can vary according to specialty and experience however, all psychologists at Main St. Psychological Centre are presently charging below the current Fee Schedule set out by the Ontario Psychological Association. Psychological services through this office are GST exempt.

Many people have extended health benefits which include coverage for psychological services. Please note that extended health plans do not offer direct payment to practitioners. Once you have paid for psychological services, you will be issued a receipt by our office which you then submit to your extended health insurance carrier. Any services not covered by an insurance plan can be claimed as a medical expense on your income tax.

In the case of a Motor Vehicle Accident, we follow the Fee Guidelines set up between the Ontario Psychological Association and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

Accessing psychological services requires considerable personal and financial commitment. With respect to the financial aspects of our work together, it is very important that all matters relating to fees and payment be discussed in an open and honest manner. It is important that clients discuss any concerns directly and promptly.

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