FAQ

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Counselling is a process in which you and a trained psychological professional will co-create a therapeutic direction to meet your counselling goals. During this process, you will be given feedback and be supported to develop a new understanding of issues that you are encountering as well as finding the best solution for these issues.

In attending your first session, your therapist will gather information about you, and about your circumstances and family background. You and your therapist will get to know each other. Based on the information gathered, your therapist will provide you with a professional assessment of issues you presented. In some cases, you may be asked to fill out psychometrically tested questionnaires to establish a baseline for a particular issue to track its changes.

We are mandated by the Regulated Health Professional Act to ensue your confidentiality in counselling. You will be provided with a copy of our privacy policy in your first session. You may also wish to go to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to learn more about this issue.

Fee-per-session is based on the rate within industry standard. It is between $100 to $140 per 55-minute session. Fees are not covered by OHIP. However, coverage is available through some extended health benefits and Employee Assistance Programs. Contact your insurance provider for more details of coverage.

 

Green Pastures Counselling Services aim at delivering affordable and attainable services to everyone. Therefore, sliding scale fees are available. Payment is accepted by cash, cheque, and ACH bank transfer.

As a courtesy, you will cancel your appointment by given us a 24-hour notice except that there are extenuating circumstances, such as an emergency or unusual weather conditions that prevent you from attending. If you do not show up or cancel your appointment as required, you will be required to pay the session fee.

Self-harming thoughts or behaviours can mean hurting self physically or ending one’s life. In facing such a crisis, you are advice to call 911 for emergency support. You may also call your family physician, or your local crisis hotline for assistance. In York Region, please call 310-COPE(2673), and in Toronto, please call 416-929-5200 Gerstein Crisis Centre.