1How do I make an appointment? Do I need a referral from a physician?
The Centre for MindBody Health does not require a referral from a physician or from any professional, you can self-refer. To schedule an appointment, contact us.
2Are your services covered by extended health insurance plans?
Our services are covered under most health insurance plans and most often extended health insurers do not require a physician’s referral for coverage. We encourage you to check with your benefits provider to determine the scope and amount of your coverage.
3Are your services covered under OHIP?
Unfortunately, our services are not covered under OHIP.
4What should I expect in the first appointment?
The purpose of the first session or two is to give you and your therapist a chance to know each other better. Most importantly, it is an opportunity for your therapist to understand your current situation and what led you to pursue psychotherapy. Your therapist will complete an assessment so that you can receive a clear statement of impressions and recommendations for treatment that includes goals and an approximate time frame to achieve them. The first session or two is also an opportunity for you to determine if your therapist is a good fit for the work you hope to do in treatment. We want you to feel comfortable and safe to talk about your concerns and that requires a comfortable relationship with your therapist.
5How long are sessions? How often would we meet?
Individual sessions are usually 50 minutes long and typically occur once each week. Depending on the nature of your therapy, they may be more or less frequent. Weekly sessions help to develop a strong therapeutic relationship and establish momentum towards your treatment goals. Session frequency may be tapered as you become more comfortable applying in your day to day life what you have learned in therapy.
6How long will therapy last?
This is a reasonable question and difficult to predict. Research shows that the duration of therapy is variable and is influenced by the specific interventions, the strength of the relationship with your therapist, as well as factors specific to you. These may include your goals, personal characteristics, the nature, severity, chronicity, and complexity of the problem(s) you are experiencing, other things that are happening in your life and your available social support, and the comfort you develop in making changes. Depending on your specific needs and goals, therapy can be short-term for a specific issue or longer-term to deal with recurrent life patterns or a desire for more in-depth personal growth.
7How will I know which therapist is right for me?
We understand that a good fit between client and therapist is essential to therapy. The clinic director will review the information you provide to us during your intake interview and you will be referred to a therapist who has training and expertise in the specific areas of your life for which you are seeking support. Another factor to consider is the fit between your schedule and the therapist’s availability. If there is a particular therapist with whom you would like to work, feel free to let us know during your conversation with our staff.
8How do I know which therapeutic modality is correct for me?
Certain therapeutic modalities are recommended for certain presenting problems. For example, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is the gold standard of treatment for BPD or high-risk emotional dysregulation. Emotion Focused Therapy is often recommended for couples counselling, depression and anxiety and trauma. Most of our therapists are trained in multiple approaches and could recommend an integrative approach that combines from various approaches. Your therapist will be very well informed on what approach/skills are suitable for you. This will also be evaluated in an ongoing way to ensure that you continue to thrive with the very best that the right treatment offers.
9What is the difference between your social workers, psychologists, and psychotherapists?
All three provide psychotherapy. The difference lies in their licensing body and educational background. All also meet regularly with the Clinic Directors for profession development and oversight. All of CMBH’s therapists have extensive training in counselling and psychotherapy.
Psychologist: Typically has a PhD in Clinical or Counselling Psychology. Can complete a psychological diagnosis according to commonly accepted diagnostic manuals.
Social Worker: Typically has a Master’s degree Social Work. Our social workers are clinical social workers with extensive training in psychotherapy. All of our social workers receive supervision/consultation from the Clinic Directors.
Psychotherapist: Typically has a Master’s degree in Psychotherapy, Counselling Psychology, or Counselling. Psychotherapists all receive supervision/consultation by the Clinic Directors.
10Will therapy be private and confidential?
Confidentiality is a core principle in psychotherapy and is the responsibility of the therapist. Client information is kept strictly confidential except for rare circumstances where disclosure may be required by law. Your therapist will discuss the specifics of confidentiality with you during your first meeting.