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Is Therapy is Right for Me?

The decision to go to therapy is individual and voluntary. Reaching out can bring up difficult emotions. Choosing to go to therapy does not mean that you're "crazy" or that something is "wrong with you". It's actually the opposite. There is so much courage and strength that comes with reaching out and choosing to talk with a trained and empathetic professional.

In therapy you will be met with an objective listener, and a regulated space to be in. The therapeutic process can equip you with the tools needed to regulate emotions, cope with challenging situations, adopt healthier habits and behaviours, and work with expressing yourself and difficult thoughts.

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  • What is the cost? What method of payment do you accept?
    Sessions are $125-$150 (+HST) and are 50 minutes in length. We have a few slots reserved at a reduced / graduate therapist rate. Reach out to discuss if there are slots available. We accept payment via credit card or e-transfer.
  • Are my appointments covered by insurance?
    Psychotherapy and the services provided by Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Psychotherapists Qualifying are covered by most extended benefits plans. It is strongly encouraged that you to reach out to your insurance provider to check what they cover. Following each appointment, you will receive a receipt, which you can then submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. Another option is to claim the receipts at tax time.
  • What should I expect during my first appointment?
    You might be feeling nervous and questioning what will happen during the first session. This is a normal response. During your first appointment your therapist will be asking questions to fully understand what brought you to counselling, and what you need going forward. This session is used for history taking, and for you and your therapist to get to know one another, in order to build a comfortable and safe environment for you. You can also expect to have a discussion around goals and treatment plans for ongoing sessions. Prior to your first appointment, you will receive an intake questionnaire, as well as consent forms which you and your therapist will go over together. Your therapist might ask you for more information if needed, so that your therapist can gain a clear understanding of who you are, what you are experiencing, and your history. Honesty and vulnerability are important factors in therapy, which we know can be scary. Remember, you are entering a space where you will feel validated and a place where your healing comes first. We always encourage feedback during the therapy process, because at the end of the day we want you to get the most out of therapy!
  • How often and how long should I come to therapy?
    Weekly to bi-weekly appointments are strongly encouraged. However, therapy is unique to each client and their goals.
  • I don’t live in Kirkland Lake or the surrounding towns such as New Liskeard or Englehart. I do want to work with you though. Is this possible?
    Of course! We have worked with client's from all over Ontario. Being able to attend therapy appointments through a secure video platform, or by phone makes therapy easily accessible to those outside of the surrounding areas.
  • I'm worried about my parents, spouse, doctor, or employer finding out I am in therapy.
    As therapists, it is our ethical and legal responsibility to ensure that what you bring to therapy, and the fact that you are a client is protected. Not only that, but each therapist here at Northern Therapy Clinic truly cares about each and every one of our client's, and we would never disrespect your wishes. During our initial appointment we will talk about confidentiality, consent, and the limitations of confidentiality. There are some scenarios that we do have a legal and ethical obligation to share time-sensitive information, for various reasons. Some include but are not limited to, if we believe you are at risk of harming yourself, if we believe that a person under 18 is at risk, and so forth.
  • Do I need a referral to see a therapist?
    No you don't. You can reach out to book an appointment, or book an appointment online- we call this self referral.
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