Are you accepting new patients?
Yes, on a limited basis we are accepting new patients.
Honestly, this changes from week to week depending on several factors that aren't under our complete control. We are committed to our existing patients and their needs, so we try keep a healthy work balance that allows us stay focused on existing commitments before opening our practice to new patients.
Do I need a referral?
You don't need a referral to set up an appointment. However, some insurance companies require a referral note from a physician before they will reimburse you for paying our fees.
How do I make an appointment?
It's best to call the psychologist you're interested in meeting with directly, listed in the contact section of this website.
How long will I wait to be seen?
It depends on several factors: how flexible your schedule is, time of year, other crises, caseloads of individual therapists, etc. Sometimes it may take a few weeks. It's best to call and check how long our current wait times are.
Do you prescribe medication?
No - prescription of medication for mental health issues is limited to physicians, including psychiatrists. We think there's value in using medications carefully and in certain circumstances to treat many common psychological problems, although we tend to believe (based on scientific studies and experience) that the combination of meds and psychotherapy is best in many cases, although individuals vary significantly in what works most effectively.
What's the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?
There are a few key differences. Many psychiatrists in Ontario focus on prescription of medication, whereas psychologists do not prescribe meds and use a variety of psychotherapeutic techniques instead. Generally education is different, with psychiatrists training in medical school, whereas many psychologists train in professional programs that incorporate biological, psychological, and social factors in considering mental health and wellness. In Ontario, psychiatrists services are generally covered under OHIP, while psychologists in private practice are not.