Trudi Jane Wyatt, MA, RP, CCC
Psychotherapy for individual male and female adults in Ontario, Canada. *New initial consults starting July 9, 2018.
416-901-0994 (no text)
130 Adelaide Street West PATH Toronto
By appointment only
1a. Are your services covered by my private health insurance / employee group benefits plan or health spending account (HSA)?
The services of Registered Psychotherapists (RP’s) are increasingly being covered by employee benefit plans / private health insurance plans / health spending accounts (HSA’s).
Generally, some insurers that tend to cover the services of Registered Psychotherapists include:
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!!
1b. If your services are not covered by my private health insurance / employee group benefits plan or health spending account (HSA), is there anything I can I do?
Yes. Two things you can consider doing, if you want to, are:
a) Send a letter to your employer, anonymously or not, asking to have the services of Registered Psychotherapists added to your benefits plan. A template is available at the following website (2nd item in the list):
b) Provide me with details regarding your employer (some or all of: employer/union, size of organization, insurance provider, and whether there is a health care savings account) and consent* for me to enter it here (Note: “About You” means about me, the RP. Your name will not be provided.):
The OACCPP (one of my professional Associations) will then educate the company about RP coverage.
*Note for consent, I will need a signed form from you. I will send you such a form over email (or can fax it to you, or you can pick it up from my office).
2. Is “Registered Psychotherapist” on the CRA list of eligible medical expenses for income tax?
“Registered Psychotherapist” is now listed on The Government of Canada Website as an authorized medical practitioner for the purposes of the medical expense tax credit, for residents of Ontario. To access this list, you can click on the following link and search for “Registered Psychotherapist” or just skip to page 5:
That said, this website is not tax advice / information. If you are seeking such services, consider consulting with Canada Revenue Agency and/or an Accountant.
3. What are your hours?
I offer appointments between the following hours:
Monday to Thursday: 8am to 11am, 12pm (noon) to 4pm
Friday: 8am to 11am, 12pm (noon) to 3pm
4. What is the fee?
Note that payment by any of the following are accepted: Credit / Debit cards, cash, cheque, or INTERAC e-transfer.
5a. Will I receive a “medical diagnosis” like “PTSD” or “Generalized Anxiety Disorder” or “Persistent Depressive Disorder” if I access your services?
“Communicating to the individual or his or her personal representative a diagnosis identifying a disease or disorder as the cause of symptoms” (Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991) is a “controlled act” in Ontario and thus only a few health care professionals are legally permitted to carry out this act; psychotherapists are not, so you won’t be labelled with a diagnosis if you see me.
I work with people to help them discover and address life and intra-personal issues that are often the cause of symptoms.
That said, if you would like and if indicated, I certainly can discuss diagnosis with you (e.g., if someone has said you “have a mental health diagnosis” or if you are considering pursuing formal psychological / psychiatric assessment) as I do have knowledge of these areas.
5b. Will you just prescribe me medication if I access your services?
Prescribing drugs is another “controlled act” in Ontario and thus only a few health care professionals such as physicians & surgeons, and nurse practitioners, are legally permitted to carry out this act; psychotherapists and psychologists are not.
That said, I am happy to discuss the option of medication with you, and anyone curious about medication is encouraged to discuss this option with their physician. Similarly, I generally encourage people to visit their doctors for regular check-ups, and to rule-out or identify and address any medical factors impacting mental health.
6. Do I need my OHIP card?
No. I do not and cannot bill OHIP / MOHLTC (Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care) for my services.
For your information, regarding your privacy / confidentiality / OHIP record, 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…
…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.”
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:
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.
Other sources of information / resources include:
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