Alison’s services are often covered under extended health care benefit plans with a yearly amount allocated to counselling. Counselling services are also claimable as a medical expense on your income tax. Please check with your extended health care provider to determine if my services are covered and how much is available to you.
Many people choose to seek counselling support and pay out of pocket. Most agree that they see the expense as an investment in themselves which ultimately serves to improve quality of life and work toward providing clarity on values and goals. Packaging sessions is also available to provide a more affordable option.
Alison’s rate follows the professional fee guidelines for MSW’s established by the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).
It is understandable that cost is an important factor for most people and determining the length of time that you will be in counselling is a consideration. Depending on the issue you are seeking therapy for, change can take place in a short-term period ranging from four to twelve sessions. To address concerns that have a deeper root and that have been with you for a prolonged period, longer term therapy may be indicated. The timing and duration of our work together is ultimately in your hands. Alison will work with you to ensure you’re your intervention meets your needs. Where affordability is an issue, Alison is willing to provide homework activities that can be completed outside of the therapy sessions so that appointments can be scheduled at less frequent intervals.
The duration of each session is typically 50 minutes, unless otherwise scheduled.