35 B 5330 Canotek Rd.
Ottawa, ON K1J 9C4

Tel: 613-293-5262

Practice and Policies

Therapist information:

My approach to therapy is to use evidence-based techniques built upon a humanistic foundation and is tailored to each individual and may draw upon a variety of theoretical orientations. While the environment will be safe, it will also be a challenge as it will provide the platform from which you can explore yourself, your challenges and resources to foster personal growth. This is done through insight and awareness into your unique personal experience. Together, we will navigate your inner landscape to try and understand what is working and not working for you and how your values align with your actions and relationships.

You are in control of this therapy and it is essential that you know you can withdraw from any session or any particular technique being used at your own discretion.

I attend regular supervision with Dr. Judith Malette, Ph.D., C.Psych., registered with the college of psychologists – registration number 3617, in accordance with professional regulations.

Therapeutic Risks and Benefits:

During the process of therapy you may experience uncomfortable and intense emotions associated with your current situation or aspects of your life history. Sessions do not always end with you feeling your best and sometimes things may seem to get worse before they get better.

It will seek to help you better understand yourself, your emotions, and your inter and intra personal relationships which, in turn, increases your psychological flexibility and allows you to make clearer decisions regarding the direction of your life.

While I cannot anticipate the consequences of your therapy, my commitment to you is to provide a safe and compassionate environment in which we can explore you.

Appointments, Fees, and Cancellations:

Individual therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length and it is my policy to collect payment immediately before each session and to provide you with a receipt for services rendered at the end of each session or on an as needed basis.

The fee is $ 135 per session.

Many extended health insurance plans cover a percentage of the cost of therapy. Please check carefully what your plan includes. Receipts are issued which may be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement or maintained for your tax record (i.e., tax deductible as a medical expense).

If you are late for an appointment, I will see you for the remainder of the scheduled time and you will be charged for the full session.

If you cancel an appointment with less than 24 hours advance notice, you will be charged in full for that appointment.

Should I be unable to meet with you due to absence or illness, I will provide you with alternative contacts.

Professional Ethics

I adhere to the highest professional standards of professional and ethical conduct.

Client Rights:
  • Participation in any interventions is at your discretion and I will at all times maintain a transparent atmosphere open to any questions you may have.
  • You may have access to your file at any time and I will be available to answer any questions.
  • Should you wish to terminate our therapeutic relationship, you are free to do so at any time.
Confidentiality:

A safe therapeutic relationship is based upon respect and trust that personal issues shared during the therapeutic process will be held in confidence.

Consent by you is required for communication with others, including receiving or providing information with other professionals. This can be either verbal or written, however, it is my practice to obtain your signed consent whenever possible.

All verbal and/or written exchanges will be maintained in confidence with the following exceptions. I will always endeavour to inform you of the need to break your confidentiality:
  1. If there is a danger of you seriously hurting yourself;
  2. If there is a danger of you seriously hurting someone else, the individual at risk of harm will need to be alerted;
  3. If there is any indication that a child (under 16 years of age) and/or an elderly person (over 65 years of age) is at risk from sexual, physical, emotional abuse and/or neglect;
  4. In some cases, a file could possibly be subpoenaed by the court or reviewed by a regulatory body;
  5. In the case where you have been sexually abused and/or harassed by a health professional, a report must be made to the appropriate college (e.g., College of Physicians and Surgeons).
  • Information is released to a third party only with your written consent and only to those individuals in need of information in order to provide you with care.
  • To maintain your confidentiality, if we encounter each other in a public or private setting, I will not initiate contact. Rather, I will leave any initiations up to you based on your comfort level. If you or I are engaging with others, it may be advisable not to initiate contact in order to protect your confidentiality. If you and I are alone in these settings and you initiate contact, I will be open and receptive to your initiation.
  • During my supervision sessions, I may discuss matters pertaining to our sessions together. In these cases our confidentiality agreement extends to my supervisor and to colleagues sharing the session.