© 2019 Trish Stephens, Psychotherapist - Ottawa, Canada

Therapy Cost & FAQ's

What are the fees?
Fees are $135 + HST per session.  Please check with your extended health benefits to find out the coverage available to you; most insurers allot a portion of coverage for mental health services.
Payment is due at the time of each session.  Cheque, cash, e-transfer, and VISA/Mastercard are currently accepted.
How long is one session?
Sessions run for 50 minutes.  Please arrive a minute or two early for your appointment.
How many appointments will I need?
The answer to this question depends on a number of factors including your availability/schedule, the severity of your experiences, and your personal desire to continue in therapy.  You and your therapist will discuss this topic throughout your time together, and collaboratively develop a plan that you are comfortable with.  Sometimes, an individual may only want one session, every few months, and sometimes they may want one session, every week.  The bottom line is that your therapeutic process is always dictated by one person: You.
What can I expect during my first appointment?
The first appointment is a good opportunity for you and your therapist to get to know one another.  This is your opportunity to ask as many questions as you like about the therapeutic process, how you and your therapist will work collaboratively, how future scheduling of appointments will happen, and anything else you can think of that you would like answered. 
What questions will I be asked?
The first appointment is often an information gathering session for your therapist.  You may be asked your reasoning for the appointment, how long it has been affecting your life, and what your goals are for therapy, as well as questions about your support networks, family history, current lifestyle, personal environment, etc.  It is always up to you, the client, to decide what you are comfortable talking about and when.  The conversation between you and your therapist is a team-effort and collaborative decisions are made about which topics to explore.
What if I know that something isn't "right", but I do not know what it is or have a hard time explaining it?
This happens frequently and is completely normal! The job of your therapist is to ask you the right questions, listen with a trained and empathetic ear, and to join you in your journey of exploration.  If you find it difficult to communicate from a verbal perspective, your therapist can help by introducing different tools to aid in the discovery of your thoughts and feelings.  These tools can be as simple as using a pen and paper, a wheel of emotions card, a book, or a video to help you to communicate your experience.  When in therapy, you will never be alone; your therapist will provide you with the support necessary for success.