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Telephone #: 613 599-0937
Email address: kpc@genian.net


Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy with an experienced and trained psychotherapists is a collaborative enterprise between the client and the psychotherapist dealing with psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, humanistic-existential and sometimes transpersonal issues that effects our lives. A broad knowledge-base and experience about the human condition is applied in the assessment and use of appropriate tools for treatment.

This practice maintains the right to refer anyone that has different needs to what we feel we can offer.

 

Consultations

Consultations are short term practical, professional advise or information using tools and knowledge that are appropriate to the client's short-term specific needs and problems. Counselling is about supporting people with decisions and problem-solving of everyday life stresses.

Please notice that crisis intervention is outside of the boundaries of psychotherapy and counselling. If you experience a crisis of any nature and need immediate assistance, please go to your nearest emergency hospital or crisis clinic for the appropriate help.
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Fees

Insurance Reimbursement and third Party Payments:
Psychological services are not covered by the provincial government but can be reimbursed by private insurance plans and may be tax deductible in certain cases. Most Health Insurance Agencies at employment firms, cover the fees for psychological services done by registered service providers like this practice.
Payment of services is due at each session by Cash or Cheque.
Clients are responsible for the penalty fee of $20 with each “Non-Sufficient-Funds” cheque, on top of outstanding money. There is a no tolerance policy for dishonored cheques and therapy may be terminated immediately. The client is responsible to settle the outstanding fees regardless.

Fees are assessed and adjusted every January.

 

Office Hours

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, By Appointment Only.

Timeslots: 1 pm., 2 pm., 3 pm., 4 pm., 5 pm.

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How to Proceed

  1. Request an appointment: 613-599-0937 or kpc@genian.net
    • You will either get a therapist on line who will briefly ask you about the nature of your problem (whether it is individual, couple or family related) and set up a time for your first consultation
    • Or you will have to respond to an answering machine by leaving your name and telephone number so that a therapist can contact you. Be assured that voicemail is dealt with by therapists only. All information given is ALWAYS Confidential unless otherwise stipulated or agreed upon.
  2. First Consultation
    • The first consultation is usually an assessment of the nature of your concerns. A thorough history is usually necessary to give the therapist clarity about the development and factors involved with your concerns.
    • Now the therapist can evaluate and plan an outline of the therapy procedures and estimate the amount of sessions (time) involved for the therapy.
    • A crisis is always dealt with immediately through crisis intervention techniques. The formal assessment in these cases could be done at a later stage after the crisis is dealt with.
  3. Treatment plan begins
    • The therapy process begins with weekly sessions where there are usually "homework" tasks to complete between sessions. It is usually recommended that clients complete the advised therapy plan, because therapy is like building blocks. The process takes you through a series of emotions and psychological issues that need to be completed. Be sure however to always communicate your concern with procedures and make sure the therapist explains and prepare you for psychological processes that you undergo.
  4. General Advice about psychotherapy and psychotherapists
    • You should be able to trust your therapist.
    • You should know that you are respected and feel safe with your therapist.
    • Your therapist should be competent and have the expertise to deal with your problems.
    • Your therapist should behave professionally towards all clients.
    • There should be mutual respect for each others time. Your therapist and you should both be on time.
    • Consult a service-provider who is trained and registered.
    • If you cannot relate to your therapist or feel uncomfortable for any reason, don't doubt your own instinct, seek another therapist. Sometimes it is more important to get to a therapist that understands you and have experience in the area of your specific problem than to do work with someone you cannot relate to or cannot relate to you. Make sure however that you are not running away from facing your own problems by blaming the "bad" therapist.
    • You have the right to get other opinions form other experts about your concerns.
    • Take responsibility for your own healing and growth. The therapist is an expert "helper" with specialized training and experience, in (at least) the field of psychology, but you still need to do the work.

 

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Licensing

The following Licensing information is an abstract for the College of Psychologists of Ontario's Website

What is the College of Psychologists of Ontario?

The College of Psychologists of Ontario is the regulatory body for the profession of psychology in the province and sets the standards for the provision of psychological services by Psychologists and Psychological Associates. The College is not a university, community college or school. Its role is to monitor and regulate the practice of psychology and to protect the public interest.

Through the participation of the public and the profession, the College ensures that the public receives competent and ethical professional psychological services from qualified providers.

The College Council is the governing body of the College; it sets policies and provides leadership and direction to the profession. There are 15 Council members: nine professional members elected by the profession from across the province, and five members of the public appointed by the provincial government. The Council meets four times a year and meetings are open to the public.

The structure of the College reflects its varied roles in fulfilling its public protection mandate. Through its committees, the College carries out its various responsibilities. These include:

Psychological Service Providers: Psychologists and Psychological Associates

Psychologists and Psychological Associates are regulated health service providers, registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario to practice psychology in Ontario, within the framework of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), 1991, the Health Professions Procedural Code under the RHPA and the Psychology Act, 1991.

To practice the profession of psychology in Ontario, a person must be a member of the College and hold a certificate of registration from the College.

Under the law, only a member of the College may use the title Psychological Associate or Psychologist, offer psychological services or hold himself or herself out as qualified to practice psychology in Ontario. As well, the use of the terms psychology or psychological, or their abbreviations or variations in any title or in any description of services is restricted to members.

The College maintains a register of all currently registered Psychologists and Psychological Associates. This information is available through the College.

To qualify for registration each member must: As a member of the College, the professional must:

Why Choose a REGULATED Service Provider?

As regulated health providers, psychologists and psychological associates are required by law to deliver competent, ethical and professional services and are accountable to the public, through the College, for their professional behaviour and activities. As members of the College, psychologists and psychological associates must meet rigorous professional entry requirements, adhere to prescribed standards, guidelines and ethical principles and participate in quality assurance activities to continually update and improve their knowledge and skill.

In contrast, the College has no jurisdiction over unregulated service providers. There is no regulatory body to set minimum levels of education, training and competence or to establish and monitor professional and ethical standards of conduct. There is no regulatory body to protect the public interest and hold unregulated providers accountable for the services they provide.

Some psychologists and psychological associates employ unregulated providers as assistants or support personnel. These individuals are employed as an adjunct, rather than an alternative to regulated professionals. When supervised by a regulated professional, the legal and ethical responsibility for all services provided remains fully with the regulated professional. In this way, accountability to ensure professional, competent and ethical care is maintained.

What If There Are Concerns?

As responsible members of the profession, psychologists and psychological associates adhere to the College's standards and are accountable to the public to provide ethical and competent services.

At times, a member of the public may have questions or concerns about the services received. These situations are usually handled by talking with the psychologist or psychological associate, or with the individual to whom they report. If a satisfactory resolution can not be reached however, the College may be contacted. The College has both formal and informal investigation and resolution processes available to investigate concerns and complaints and take appropriate action.

You should be aware that the profession maintains a zero tolerance policy for any form of sexual abuse of clients by members. Such conduct by a psychologist or psychological associate is always unacceptable.

Information To Insurers And Other Third Party Payers

There has been some confusion with respect to who may provide psychological services in Ontario and who may bill for such services. This letter is provided to clarify any misunderstandings related to these issues.

To practice psychology in Ontario, a person must hold a current certificate of registration from the College of Psychologists of Ontario; the regulatory body for the profession. Under the authority of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the Psychology Act, 1991, the College registers two classes of autonomous practitioners:

  1. Psychologists
  2. Psychological Associates

A Psychologist or Psychological Associate who holds a certificate of registration authorizing autonomous practice may provide services without supervision, within his or her area of competence, and may bill for these services. While most members of the College have no explicit term, condition or limitation on their certificates of registration, some do and must practice in accordance with any such restriction.

To qualify for professional registration to practice psychology requires successful completion of:

Once registered, a member of the College is expected to practice in accordance with applicable legislation, regulations, standards of conduct, professional guidelines and professional ethics.

Only a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario may offer psychological services in the province or use the title Psychologist or Psychological Associate. In addition, use of the terms psychology or psychological, or any abbreviations or variations of these terms and titles in describing services, is restricted to members of the College. Psychologists and psychological associates respectively may also identify themselves with the designation C.Psych. or C.Psych.Assoc. after their names.

The College maintains a register of all current members. Information about an individual psychologist or psychological associate may be found in a searchable Directory of Members available on the College website at www.cpo.on.ca or may be obtained from the College by telephone 416-961-8817 or e-mail: cpo@cpo.on.ca.

The College has received inquiries with respect to the status of Psychological Associates providing services under legislative provisions such as the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) as well as under other public and private third party insurance programs. In 1996, the Registrar of the College sought clarification respecting providers under the SABS in an exchange of correspondence with Mr. Rob Sampson, MPP, who was at that time Parliamentary Assistant: Financial Institutions, Ministry of Finance. In his letter addressing this issue, Mr. Sampson stated:

I have asked legal staff to review the definition in the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) and whether a psychological associate falls within this definition.

I am pleased to report the definition of psychologist used in the SABS includes psychological associates. Under the SABS a "psychologist" means a person authorized by law to practise psychology. As both a psychologist and psychological associate are authorized under the Psychology Act to practice they both meet the definition under the SABS.

In summary, both Psychologists and Psychological Associates are members of the College of Psychologists. Members with either title are qualified psychological practitioners in the province of Ontario.

Questions regarding Psychologists and Psychological Associates or other matters related to the regulation and practice of psychology in Ontario may be directed to the College.

Additional information about the College, its roles, responsibilities or services may be obtained by contacting the College at:

Address: The College of Psychologists of Ontario 110 Eglinton Avenue West,
Suite 500 Toronto,
M4R 1A3
Ontario
Telephone: (416) 961-8817
(800) 489-8388
Fax: (416) 961-2635
email: cpo@cpo.on.ca

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