What is the Fee?
We know that therapy is a financial commitment. It is also a place where you can grow and heal in a way that can truly change your relationship and your life.
We are proud to offer a wide range of fees to help meet the needs of our communities.
Psychotherapy Fees by Practitioner Type:
Psychotherapists in Independent Practice:
Individual: 60 min $165.00 (Includes HST)
Couples: 90 min $247.50 (Includes HST)
Psychotherapists in Supervised Practice:
Individuals: 60 min $155.00 (Includes HST)
Couples: 90 min $232.50 (Includes HST)
We are please to offer Reduced Fee Counselling Services with our Clinical Interns.
Clinical Interns in Supervised Practice:
Individuals or Couples: 60 min
Psychotherapy service rate- $100 (includes HST)
Psychology service rate-$170 (HST exempt)
These fees include HST. Payment can be made by cash, credit card or etransfer.
Social Work therapy sessions are HST Exempt.
We ask that you let us know at least 48 hours in advance, if you need to cancel or reschedule a session. The charge is 100% of the fee where there is less than 48 hours notice. This policy applies to first sessions as well as subsequent sessions.
Do you Provide Coverage for Insurance?
Our services are fee for service and not covered by OHIP. While many clients pay out of pocket for their sessions, most prefer to use their extended benefits. Recently with the official proclamation of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), a growing number of private insurers are beginning to provide coverage for Registered Psychotherapists.
Since plans and coverage can vary greatly amongst providers, it is your responsibility to check directly with your benefits provider for coverage BEFORE the first session. We do not offer direct billing to insurance companies. We can provide you with a receipt for psychotherapy services. You can submit the receipts to your insurance provider for reimbursement.
Some members of our team (Master's Level Clinical Interns) are also able to be supervised by a Psychological Associate and therefore can also offer psychology/psychological services. The receipt is issued by the supervising Psychological Associate in her name. This supervision provides an enhanced level of care in more complex situations. When the psychologist is supervising our work, she is not present with us for counselling sessions. She reviews and gives her input into the cases she is supervising during Clinical Supervision meetings with the therapist. Please check details of your coverage PRIOR to the first session as once a receipt is provided, we cannot send another receipt for the same session.
Some of our therapists are also enrolled with the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program, which provides eligible First Nations and Inuit clients with coverage for a range of health benefits, including mental health counselling. Did you know that every 12 months, an eligible client can receive up to 22 hours of counselling performed by an eligible provider on a fee-for-service basis (such as, individual, family or group counselling)? Additional hours in the same 12 month period may be provided on a case-by-case basis. You can access mental health counselling benefits from our therapist Danielle Labranche, who is an eligible provider.
If you have coverage for another type of practitioner, we are able to provide referral suggestions.
When calling your insurance company to inquire about services, please note when your coverage year starts and ends (it is not always the calendar year) and how much coverage you have per year to budget your sessions.
You will be expected to pay for the fee in full at the time of the session and we will provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company for later reimbursement.
What Can I Expect from Couples Therapy?
Some of the reasons couples have come to see us include:
Life changes such as becoming a new parent, new job, mid-life crisis, retirement, illness
Lack of trust or affairs
Blended Families and In-laws
The goal of couples therapy is completely determined by you and will depend on your circumstances. Most couples wait 6 years before coming to therapy. Oftentimes, the negative patterns are deeply entrenched by then and the relationship is on the brink of collapsing. Some couples we've seen already know it's over and attend counselling in order to break up as smoothly as possible. We can work together to determine your goals in session or you may already have your goals for therapy in mind.
During the first session we'll get to know the two of you to gain a better understanding of the problems hurting your relationship and your individual stances. If continued therapy is agreed upon, we'll then move on towards individual sessions for each person in the relationship. This allows us to get to know each of you separately and gain a better sense of the underlying issues. We’ll then move back into couples sessions and begin to attentively and carefully piece together how to recover and strengthen your relationship with one another.
Some couples may be afraid to come to couples therapy for fear that the therapist will take one side or the other. This will not happen. Our role is not to be the judge and determine who is right or wrong. We will listen to each side equally and never shame you. However, if there are unhelpful behaviors, we will bring them to your attention. We will provide honest feedback and guidance to both you and your partner.
The long-term goal of couples therapy is for each partner to feel loved, connected and empowered in their relationship.
What if my Partner Does not Want to Attend Couples Therapy with Me?
If your partner is not willing to come to therapy with you, we can still see you individually. Together, we can examine your strengths and how you manage conflict in your relationship. Your personal feelings, needs and boundaries will become more clear to you and you will develop ways to express them to your partner in loving ways. As you learn to stop acting in anger or distancing yourself, you will notice that both you and your partner are handling problems in a more respectful way. What often happens is that the other partner will see the progress you have made, and will then be more inclined to attend therapy with you.
How Many Sessions Will We Need?
The number of sessions you will need depends on the nature of your problems. The Emotionally Focused Therapy model we use often requires anywhere from 12-20 sessions. Exploring painful subjects in therapy can be challenging for couples but can be extremely helpful in understanding your relationship and where things might be stuck. We will make concrete suggestions and give you homework tasks to do on your own or with your partner between sessions to keep the momentum going. Being open about the difficulties you have with each other and being motivated to make changes will improve the speed of improvements in the relationship.
Do you Offer Therapy for Individuals only?
Yes we do. We provide counselling services to couples as well as individuals (adults, children, teens, and parents). You do not have to be in a relationship to work with us. Common goals of individual therapy can be to inspire change or to improve your quality of life. Individuals may seek therapy for help with issues that are hard to face alone such as anxiety or depression. Therapy man help you overcome obstacles to your well-being. It can increase positive feelings, such as compassion and self-esteem. You may learn skills for handling difficult situations, making healthy decisions, and help you reach short or long term goals.
Do you Offer Online Therapy?
Online therapy is a new way of delivering couples therapy via the Internet or the telephone. Video therapy is like using FaceTime or Skype, is very easy to set up, and studies show that it is just as effective as face-to-face therapy for many of life's challenges. Online or telephone therapy may be more convenient for you if you have to travel often, if you or your partner have limited mobility, or if you have children and finding childcare is a challenge. There are no extra costs.
Do I Have to Share my Secrets with My Partner?
As EFT therapists, we inform clients that we cannot work effectively with partners to make their bond more secure if either partner is holding secrets. If a client shares anything that seems relevant to repairing the relationship, and that they are uncomfortable sharing with their partner, we will encourage them to share it with the other partner prior to continuation of therapy. Also, we assure our clients that we will support them throughout this process. This is done in a collaborative manner, such as exploring the impact on the partner and the relationship.
When is EFT for Couples NOT recommended?
As with any type of mental health treatment, indications and contraindications for beginning couples therapy are important to consider. To ignore these is not only unwise but also unethical and even risky in certain situations. At Couples Therapy Centre, we undergo a thorough assessment of each couple we meet. The assessment process helps us determine readiness for effective relational repair work.
Couples therapy at Couples Therapy Centre is not appropriate when there is:
An active risk of abuse or violence between partners (can include emotional, physical or sexual abuse).
An untreated mental illness or addiction with one (or both) partners.
One or both parties are engaged in infidelity and lack the motivation to give those outside relationships up for the good of the primary relationship.
One or both parties have made the decision to separate or divorce.
When there are complex disorders and mental health diagnoses with one (or both) partners.
When these conditions are present, couples therapy tends to be less productive, emotionally unsafe, less cost effective and unsuccessful in helping couples repair or establish a healthy bond.
We highly recommend you partake in a free consultation to determine if couples therapy is right for you.