What to Expect

Making the Connection

Making the decision to seek therapy and support is difficult. It is important to find a therapist who feels like the “right fit” when taking the courageous step to open up about yourself.  Therapists utilize different communication and treatment strategies, and in fact, no two therapists are alike.  Alison is available to discuss your needs in a free telephone or email consultation where you can discuss in more depth specific questions you might have and she can outline in more detail how you will work togetherShe will listen to your needs and determine treatment strategies that meet these needs and help increase your motivation to address your issues and make positive changes.

Types of Delivery

In-Office Counselling Services: Sessions take place in person in Alison’s office, which is located within a medical practice.  This setting offers discretion and privacy in a comfortable office space.  It is centrally located with free parking and accessibility.

Telephone Counselling Services: If there are mobility issues or other obstacles to face-to-face meeting, telephone counselling can be arranged.

Video Counselling Services: Sessions can be conducted via video counselling where distance or mobility is a factor.

Cost and Duration

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 initial assessment appointment will be 1 hour and 20 minutes, with subsequent appointments being scheduled for 50 minutes, unless otherwise scheduled.

 

Additional Information 

The majority of services at Maratos Counselling and Consulting Servies are covered by your workplace benefits package or health insurance. It’s important to check with your provider to find out what your plan covers, as every plan is different.  Post-secondary students are also often covered through their student plan. 

Upon payment for your session, we will provide a receipt that includes information about your practitioner, the service provided, and the amount paid. This receipt can be submitted to your insurance company by you for re-imbursement.

If you do not have coverage, the receipts can be used income tax use, as services provided by a Registered Social Worker (RSW) can be claimed as a medical expense when filing your income tax return as Registered Social Workers are authorized as medical practitioners when claiming medical expenses.

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