"Do I need therapy?"
Taking the first step to reach out for an appointment can be very unnerving. It requires courage to admit that the way you have been doing things may not be working. Or perhaps things have happened in your life, through no fault of your own, that feel out of control or unmanageable. Therapy is right for you if you are willing and ready to take the courageous leap, be truthful about what is happening and share your thoughts and feelings with a trained professional. Together we can look at the big picture and help make sense of it all. In some cases, we may be able to direct you to a resource that is just what you need for your particular problem. Or perhaps, at this point in your life, you just need someone who will listen. We will work together to figure out the next best steps. Therapy is right for you if you are ready to get the most out of your life by taking responsible actions to improve your self awareness and to intentionally work towards greater health. You deserve that. You don't have to keep hurting.
"What happens during a therapy session?"
We call this "Talk Therapy" for a reason. We will talk. Yet each session is unique to you and your needs. Sessions are 50 minutes long. In the first meeting, you will be asked questions related to what you hope to accomplish during therapy and how long you have been experiencing difficulties. We will discuss the relationships in your life and what things are working or not working. Some therapy can be short term. Sometimes therapy will need to be ongoing for several months to work on deeper issues. Together you and your therapist will come up with a plan. You will be encouraged to be an active participant in session, and perhaps offered some reading or exercises which you can do on your own to integrate the best possible change. Our aim is for you to leave the first session feeling some relief and with a plan in mind.
"What can I expect from the therapists at Mindful Maelstrom?"
You can expect to receive compassion, empathy, respect and understanding from us in an environment that feels warm, safe and inviting. You can expect to receive practical guidance and perhaps new perspectives to help you uncover and understand patterns and negative feelings that are inhibiting you from living your best life.
We can help you in several ways, some of which include allowing therapy to move at a pace that you are comfortable with, as well as checking in with you periodically to ensure that we are staying focused on your goals. By using empathy and by paying careful attention to your words, mood, and body language (a technique known as “tracking”), we work to join you in experiencing your thoughts and emotions. This joining, when done in a way that feels comfortable for you, can decrease the feelings of isolation, fear, shame, or despair that sometimes accompany personal struggles.
"What does each session cost? Will my health insurance pay for it?"
Our fees range from $140 - $160 per individual therapy session and $180 - $225 per couples or family therapy session. We offer a limited number of spots at a reduced rate to those who are facing financial difficulties, and hold clinic hours on Fridays for our Affordable Therapy Program. Please inquire for more information.
Psychotherapy sessions may be covered by your extended health benefits plan. However, as every plan is different, we ask that you confirm the exact details of your benefits in advance. It is the client's responsibility to ensure your sessions will be covered should you choose to use benefits. All our therapists are members of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), and some of our therapists are supervised by members of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO). Psychotherapy is recognized as a medical expense by the Canada Revenue Agency and is eligible for tax credit. Please retain your invoices for these purposes.
"I'm not sure where to start, or which therapist to choose. Who can help me?"
Whether you’re looking for a new therapist, or have never been to therapy before, the process of finding the right mental health professional can be overwhelming. Navigating through hundreds of profiles online and confusion about the process itself may be a barrier to receiving the support you need. At Mindful Maelstrom we want to help make that process as stress-free as possible. Connect with our Intake Coordinator to help find the right therapist for you.
Our Intake Coordinator will:
Work with you to understand your unique needs and goals, and will identify a therapist who is best suited for you based on their approach and expertise
Help you to understand your extended health insurance benefits and will work with you to get maximum benefit from your coverage
Help you to navigate your options if financial limitations have created a barrier to receiving mental health support
Answer any questions you have about therapy and guide you through the process of becoming a new client at Mindful Maelstrom
Help you to schedule your initial and ongoing appointments as needed
For booking requests or to reach our Psychotherapy Intake Coordinator, please fill out the form below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.