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How much do CBT sessions cost?

Our standard rate/fee is $225.00 per session (45-50 minutes). This is the fee recommended by the Ontario Psychological Association for individual psychotherapy sessions. Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) does not cover treatment with private psychological services. However, there are a number of ways to have your treatment costs reimbursed. You can find out more details on our Fees page.

Do you work with individuals with wsib claims?

Through our First Responder Program, we can bill directly to WSIB if you have an active claim number. However currently it is only first responders with psychological injuries we treat, and not other individuals with WSIB claims.

do you have evening or weekend appointment available?

Yes, we have some appointment times to offer during evenings and weekends. Get in touch with us to find out who is available in the next couple of weeks.

What can i expect from cbt sessions?

If you and your psychologist agree to work together, then therapy can begin. The direction of treatment will largely depend upon the difficulties you are having. In therapy we will focus on how you think (cognitions) and what you do (behaviours). Although therapy sessions are far less structured than the assessment phase, sessions may feel somewhat structured in that each one will attempt to address the following:

  • Review of homework (e.g. questionnaires, monitoring forms, behavioural exposures etc.)
  • Check-in to see if any major new developments have occurred (e.g. significant stressors, or major changes)
  • General discussion of the issues on which you have been working on
  • Introduction of new material/strategies
  • Plan of action (collaborative discussion of homework for the week)

What happens in the first appointment?

Therapy always starts with an assessment. This may last between 1-3 sessions. We need to have a clear understanding of what your difficulties are before we can make any treatment recommendations. The goals of the assessment, from the point of view of the psychologist, are to:

  • Discuss confidentiality
  • Gather relevant background information (e.g. family of origin, past history of difficulties)
  • Hear a description of the difficulties in your own words (especially important if you have been referred by a doctor or family member)
  • Determine if your presenting difficulties fit within the psychologist’s scope of practice (if not, a referral will be made to another clinician or clinic)
  • Set some preliminary treatment goals
  • Explain CBT and how it applies to your specific difficulties
  • Answer any concerns you have about the therapy process

The assessment phase is a little more structured than subsequent therapy sessions. It is the psychologist’s role to guide you through it, so you do not need to worry about what to say.

How long does the treatment take?

The answer depends on a number of variables: the nature of the problem, financial limitations, your availability, your own preferences about the pace of the work, and your therapy goals. Using these variables, we can tailor a CBT program specific to your needs. Typically we see individuals anywhere from 4 to 20 sessions. The standard length of a session is 45-50 minutes long. We usually refer to the appointment as an hour, with the final 10-15 mins used for the psychologist to write his or her notes and copy materials that will be useful for subsequent sessions.

What is a psychologist?

Psychologists and psychological associates are trained in the assessment, treatment and prevention of behavioural and mental conditions. They are trained to accurately assess problems and diagnose disorders, and they use a variety of approaches directed toward the maintenance and enhancement of physical, intellectual, emotional, social and interpersonal functioning. Psychologists and psychological associates are registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, a regulatory body that ensures high ethical standards and practice.

do i need a referral?

You do not need a referral to make an appointment with us. If you are planning on using your extended health benefits plan, you may wish to check with your insurance company as sometimes they require that you be referred.

Do your psychologists prescribe medication?

Psychologists and psychological associates registered in the province of Ontario are not permitted to prescribe medication. We are aware that some individuals may benefit from medication in addition to therapy. Medication advice can be sought through a family doctor, walk-in clinic, or a psychiatrist. If you are working with a psychologist/clinician at Archways, you can be referred to our onsite psychiatrist for a Psychiatry Consultation.

Can I choose which psychologist to work with?

Once you have made contact with us, you will have a brief confidential conversation with our clinic administrator. She will find out from you what you are hoping to talk about with the therapist, and if you have a preference for a male or female therapist. She will also find out when you are available to come in for an appointment. Based on this initial conversation you will be paired with a therapist. If you have a specific preference on who you would like to meet with, we will do our best to accommodate your wishes.

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