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Fee:   $ 125 (tax included) for 1 hour of counselling/psychotherapy  **​

 

Full payment is required immediately after each session. 

I will give you a receipt to submit to your insurance provider.

I do not direct-bill insurance companies.

 

Payment methods:  etransfer or exact cash 
 
**  Counselling/psychotherapy with a Registered Social Worker (such as myself) is covered under many extended health insurance plans/employee benefits.  

 

Please check yours for specific coverage amounts.   â€‹

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact

Video, In-person or Phone therapy sessions   

 

Video  ðŸ’»  ðŸ–¥ 📱

 

Doxy.me  is an easy to use, secure telemedecine app.

It complies with worldwide security requirements and my own professional college's strict privacy-confidentiality standards.

You don't need to download it ~ I will simply send you a link to join me in a secure "room".

Within 1-2 minutes we will be connected and ready to start your therapy session.  smiley

 

In-person 
location:  Etobicoke 🏡🏠

 

My comfortable, cozy home office is only 1.5 km North of Hwy 401, up Islington Ave. in Etobicoke/Rexdale.
exit â–º Islington Ave. North

🚙  Plenty of free parking.

 

I provide my address after a brief phone call determines, to the best of my ability, that your needs and expectations of therapy seem to align well with my clinical training, experience and approach.

 

 

Availability    ðŸ•°    
Monday-Friday  8am - 8pm​  and  Saturday  8am - 5pm
 
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(416) 745-3878 (calls, texts)      vfcounselling@bell.net 

If I am not immediately available, I will make every effort to return your call, text or e-mail on the same day you make it, with the exception of weekends, holidays and late in the evenings.   

 

 

If you are considering suicide, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital emergency department immediately.  

The hopelessness and despair you feel may be due to a difficult situation or undiagnosed depression which can be treated.  

Untreated depression symptoms can be so overpowering that they cloud your judgment and make you believe that taking your own life is the best or only option.  

Asking others for support can help you see more clearly that you have different options and restore some hope.  

By getting proper treatment and learning effective coping strategies, you can manage or eliminate suicidal thoughts and develop a more satisfying life. 

 

Make a plan for life (safety plan)

Your safety plan is a written checklist of specific activities or actions you promise to do to stay safe when you have thoughts of suicide, such as:

  • Contact your doctor, therapist or a crisis centre to help you cope.
  • Reach out to supportive, reliable family members or friends who will be there for you in-person, by phone, through text or Skype (FaceTime, etc.).
  • Try specific healthy and enjoyable activities when negative thoughts start to intrude.
  • Write out why your life is valuable and the reasons to live.​

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Even after the immediate crisis passes with your self-care strategies, see your doctor (a walk-in clinic doctor if you don't have your own) or a licensed therapist like myself.  Licensed therapists www.psychologytoday.com/Ontario/Therapists will help you get appropriate treatment for your suicidal thoughts and feelings (depression symptoms) so that you don't have to continually operate in crisis survival mode.  

 

As a foundation for your safety plan, take these steps:

  • Stick with your treatment plan.  Commit to taking your medication as prescribed and attending all medical or therapy appointments.
  • Keep a list of contact names and numbers where you can see them.  Include your doctors, therapist and crisis centres. Also list family members and friends who agree to be available as part of your safety plan.
  • Remove potential means of committing suicide.  Get rid of guns, razors, knives or other objects you may consider using to hurt or kill yourself.  If possible, give your medications to someone who can safeguard them and help you take them only as prescribed.
  • Schedule daily activities for yourself, including physical activity.  Activities that brought you some pleasure in the past can make a difference.  Or try something new.  Physical activity/exercise is known to reduce depression symptoms.  Google  free guided meditations for depression (grief, hope, self-esteem, inner healing, etc.) and simply listen as the soothing voice of the presenter gently guides your mind to more accurate and healthy thoughts/truths.  
  • Get together with others.  Make an effort to be social with relatives and friends who care about you, even if you don't feel like it, to prevent isolation.  Isolation makes depression symptoms worse.
  • Join a support group.  Being with others who truly understand, won't judge you and are willing to share what's been helpful for them will help you feel less alone and more hopeful.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol use.  Drugs and alcohol can increase suicidal thoughts and the likelihood of harming yourself by making you more impulsive and likely to act on your self-destructive feelings.
  • Avoid risky websites.  Stay away from toxic websites that may encourage suicide as a way to solve your problems.
  • Write about your thoughts and feelings.  Also write about the things in your life that you value and appreciate, no matter how small they may seem at the time.  

 

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