Trudi Jane Wyatt, MA, RP, CCC
Registered Psychotherapist

Psychotherapy for individual male and female adult professionals in Ontario, Canada.

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647-955-6079 (voicemail, no text)
130 Adelaide Street West PATH Toronto
By appointment only

FAQs

1. Are your services covered by my private health insurance / employee group benefits plan or health spending account (HSA)?

The services of Registered Psychotherapists are increasingly being covered by employee benefit plans / private health insurance plans; this trend is simultaneous to the Ontario government’s proclamation of the “Psychotherapy Act 2007“. For example, it is noted that employees at Manulife Financial now have a comprehensive health plan that includes meaningful coverage for psychotherapy services*.

Generally, some insurers that tend to cover the services of Registered Psychotherapists include:

  • Green Shield Canada**, Johnson Inc., Equitable Life, Manulife, Sun Life Financial, and SSQ.

Additionally, health spending accounts (HSA’s) such as Benecaid, reference the CRA’s list of eligible medical expenses, which as of 2016, according to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, includes the services of Registered Psychotherapists (link to College’s announcement in its publication, mid-way through).***

That said, you might have a plan / account that does not cover these services, so…

Please check with your particular provider and plan about coverage details!!

**I can submit the claim for you online for Green Shield (if your plan covers the services of a Registered Psychotherapist or Canadian Certified Counsellor).

* Link to source

***Please contact Canada Revenue Agency and/or an Accountant and/or a Tax Lawyer for information about eligible medical expenses. This website is not tax or financial planning advice.

2. What are your hours?

I offer appointments between the following hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8am to 11am, 12:30pm to 4pm

Friday: 8am to 11am, 12:30pm to 3pm

3. What is the fee?

The fee for an intake or regular session is $150 total.

Note that payment by any of the following are accepted: Credit / Debit cards, cash, cheque, or INTERAC e-transfer.

4. Do I need to add HST to this fee?

No. While the governments of Ontario and Canada do require Registered Psychotherapists to collect HST for them from clients on top of what clients pay for psychotherapy session fees, I have already included this HST for the government in the $150.

That is, I have already included the government’s required portion of the $150 into the posted fee, so you the client do not need to worry about adding it.

(Note that the government does not collect HST revenue from Ontario residents when they seek services from many other healthcare providers, such as chiropodists, dietitians, dentists, physiotherapists, and midwives (17 categories). Why when they go for psychotherapy services? If you have questions about this, feel free to ask your local government representative.)

5. Do I need my OHIP card?

No. I do not bill OHIP / MOHLTC (Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care) for my services.

For your information, regarding your privacy/confidentiality, note, “The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care maintains a record of OHIP claims (also known as a personal claims history) submitted by and paid to health care providers using a patient’s health number… [Though,] The information in a personal claims history is used for payment purposes and should not be confused with the precise diagnosis provided by a health care provider. The provider should be contacted for information about a diagnosis or any other information that may be required.” (http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ohip/phi_access/default.aspx)

6. What’s the difference between a psychotherapist, psychologist, and psychiatrist?

There are some differences, and some similarities. All are permitted to do psychotherapy. This informative article and brief video from Global News can help differentiate the titles for you. Let me know if you have any questions about it at all.

Psychotherapist vs. psychologist vs. psychiatrist: Which one should you choose?

7. Can psychotherapy help?

Likely. “It has been found that psychotherapy or ‘talk therapy’ in its many forms is generally effective. It is estimated that approximately 80 percent of those undergoing psychotherapy improve as a result of it” (Erwin 1997, p.144, in Raabe 2014). This is about consistent with what I see in my practice.

8. Do I have to commit to a lot of sessions?

Absolutely not. It is always up to you to decide whether returning for another session is what you want to do. Freedom and autonomy are two of the values that guide my work.

9. How can I benefit from psychotherapy / counselling?

I think almost everybody can benefit from psychotherapy and counselling. This is why I do what I do.

Many people facing emotional distress do so because: they don’t know how to interact with a difficult person; they hold unhelpful, unclear, and/or inaccurate beliefs; they are unsure of what they actually value; etc. I aim to help people examine and address these issues so as to help them take informed steps that can lead to happier and more fulfilling lives.

10. I already tried psychotherapy and it didn’t help me very much. Is there any point in trying again?

Probably. It might be that:

  • This time another approach would suit you better
  • This time you are more motivated for change
  • You took a big step last time, and are ready to take another now
  • This time you know more about what kind of “fit” you seek with a therapist

11. Do you provide psychotherapy / counselling over the internet, phone, or Skype?

No, my work is in person in my office, face-to-face.

12. Where can I get more information?

Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions at all, and/or if you would like to schedule a free initial telephone consultation.

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