647.239.7337 debbi@aspiretherapy.ca

There is a lot to consider when choosing a Psychotherapist and committing to the process.  I will strive to be as transparent as possible in answering any questions you may have.

What Does it Cost?

Here are some standard session rates: 

  • Meetings in my office :  $160.00 per session
  • Meetings at your home or in the community $120.00 per session
  • Sliding scale for people on ODSP or OW: $100.00
  • Virtual meetings via ZOOM:  $100.00

Weekly sessions gradually moving to longer intervals are the ideal way to work on your recovery.

If you are disabled, a long way from my service area or emotionally unable to cope with meetings, video sessions are available to using the ZOOM video conferencing software which is free to use and will allow us to work on documents or exercises together.

Visits with Registered Psychotherapists are ususally covered by your health insurance benefits but unfortunately not by OHIP.

Plans and coverage are different from one benefits provider to  another, so please check directly with yours for coverage specific to ‘Registered Psychotherapists’ who are members of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

I will give you a detailed invoice that you can submit for reimbursement if you are covered. Please take note of how many sessions with your Psychotherapist will be covered and whether for one hundred percent of the cost or less.

Occasionally a group treatment module will be scheduled by Aspire when enough people are ready at a time.  This will offer a way to get more sessions for less.

If you are on government benefits such as ODSP or OW, or just a very tight budget in general, I can refer you to local services that are provincially funded and therefore free to you. Whether these services will meet your needs depends on your goals. If you aren’t comfortable with that, we can talk about a reduced rate based on your income.

What if the problem is with someone close to me?

I also support the partners and family members of people who whose challenges are causing pain and conflict.  We can work with issues of clear communication, co-dependence, boundaries, legacy trauma, polarities and more.  I can help you gain the strength and insight to accept what you cannot change and change what you cannot accept to paraphrase the serenity prayer.

What if I need detoxification or to go to residential treatment?

Sometimes it is unnecessarily hard to stop using your substance of choice or it’s just unsafe to do so  without first having medically supervised detoxification or without going to residential treatment. 

If this is the case for you, I can support you in referring you to the services you need.  I am certified to provide the provincially standardised assessment you will need and in completing admission packages for inpatient treatment.

What if I need to start drug substitution therapy such as Methadone or Suboxone?

Methadone and Suboxone can make all the difference sometimes for people who have been using drugs for a long time, in high doses, who suffer severe withdrawal when they cut down or stop, or who relapse frequently with progressively worse consequences.

These replacement drugs do not get you high but they keep you from getting sick with withdrawal, help control your cravings and in some cases help to manage chronic pain.

Aspire is connected with several clinics and doctors providing this service, who are compassionate and ready to help.

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