How long do I have to wait for a first meeting?
I do not maintain a waiting list past one month. If I can't see you within a month I will refer you to a colleague.
When you see clients?
Currently, I see clients Tuesdays and Thursdays. I schedule sessions in the morning, afternoon and evening.
How do you ensure confidentiality?
I do my utmost to ensure client confidentiality. As part of my responsibilities as a social worker-psychotherapist, I keep records of sessions. The records are maintained on site in a locked cabinet. I keep the records for 5 years and then destroy them. I will never give any identifying information about a client to anyone else for any reason with the following exceptions: if I am ordered to release information by a court; if I have reason to believe that a person is a danger to themselves or others; for supervision purposes I discuss clients with a senior clinician who is also bound by confidentiality.
Do you see individuals?
Yes, I do see individual clients.
How long is a family or couple therapy session?
When I first meet with a family or couple I usually ask people to be available for an hour and a half unless they have very young children who are coming to the session. After one or sometimes two longer meetings we generally meet for 50 minutes.
What is the cost? Do you offer a sliding scale?
I offer a sliding scale based on your couple or family gross income and ranges from $60 to $135. To determine the cost of sessions, please contact me and I will let you know how much therapy will cost.
What if I can’t make my appointment or if I need to cancel?
Please contact me at least 24 hours in advance if you will not be able to attend a session. If you call less than 24 hours in advance and I am not able to book a session in that time I will charge you for the missed session.
How often will we meet?
Generally, we will meet once per week though it may vary depending on circumstances.
The problem is really my spouse/child/sibling/parent. Why do I have to come to the sessions?
People, even difficult people -- especially difficult people! -- need the help and support of those around them to make change. Relationships involve at least two people, and in couple or family therapy, we work first and foremost, on strengthening relationships.
Will my insurance pay for all or part of the session?
Quebec's public insurance, RAMQ does not cover private therapy. I am a member of the Quebec Order of Social Workers and a psychotherapist licensed by the Order of Psychologists of Quebec, so you will need to check if your private insurance covers the services of a social worker-psychotherpist. The amount covered will depend on your insurance.
What are your qualifications and training?
I have a Master's Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. I am a member of the Quebec order of Social Workers as well as a licensed psychotherapist. I completed the post-graduate program in Couple and Family Therapy at the Jewish General Hospital's Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry.