Privacy/Personal Health Information:

My primary purpose when is comes to your personal health information is to assess your needs and provide appropriate care/treatment intervention. This information is generally gathered by asking you questions directly. There may also be times when I request your permission to speak with another person/Provider, or when you choose to share health related documents/information with me because it is relevant to our work together. I am committed to collecting your personal health information only to the extent necessary for the service I provide, and protecting it in accordance with privacy legislation and the standards set out by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Confidentiality:

Information discussed during the course of care is held in confidence and will not be shared without your knowledge and explicit written or verbal consent – except where there is a duty to report as required by law.

Exceptions to confidentiality include situations where there is:
  • Concern that you may harm yourself or someone else or be unable to care for yourself.
  • Reason to believe a child under 16 years of age is at risk of physical/verbal/emotional/sexual abuse, neglect, or exposure to/witnessing violence/abuse.
  • Disclosure of serious misconduct of any Regulated Health Care Professional.
  • A subpoena for clinical/file information to a court of law.  

Practice Policies

  • Emergency services are not provided. My services are provided during our scheduled appointments together. If you experience an acute emergency, it recommended that you present yourself to a hospital emergency room or access a crisis line for immediate support.
  • Assessment and counselling/therapy sessions are 55 minutes in length. The first 50 minutes are devoted to clinical content; the last 5 minutes are used wrap and scheduling and scheduling.
  • If it is determined at any point during the course of care that further treatment is not recommended, alternative recommendations and resources will be provided.
  • The cost per session is $140 for individuals; $160 for couples/families. Payment occurs at the beginning of session and can be made by credit card, cash or e-transfer.
  • There is a 24 hour Cancellation Policy. The full session fee is due in cases of missed appointments and late cancellations.
  • If you have extended benefits through an insurer, it is up to you to determine that your coverage includes this service/provider type.



Why Therapy?

People seek therapy and support for a variety of reasons. Generally, people engage in counselling with a therapist to gain insight into life's problems and their effects, improve coping skills, manage stress, increase motivation, change negative thinking patterns or behaviours, make decisions, improve communication and personal relationships, and move forward from past or current psychological and/or emotional pain.


 

Psychotherapy in DowntownToronto

What to Expect

During the course of our work together, you will have a safe space to examine and explore the issues that are causing you the most concern. My work with you begins with us collaboratively identifying what it is that you want to address what you want to move toward.

Therapy facilitates new ways of understanding current struggles and patterns, and promotes meaningful personal change. The process of externalizing what is happening for you internally is profoundly beneficial, especially if the internal experience is primarily negative. Our patterns, including how we relate to ourselves and others, come from somewhere. Therapy helps to uncover this, as well acknowledge that what we did before may no longer be helpful to us now.

A therapeutic process can help you shift belief systems, and behavioural and relational patterns that have negative impacts on your mood, health and overall functioning. I use a variety of approaches in my work and operate from strengths-based framework, meaning that I will be noticing your strengths and honouring your journey.    


For the most part, people report a sense of improvement or reduction in symptoms within 6 sessions. For others, ongoing support is a way to maintain positive change and explore a variety of issues.

You will need to complete an Intake Form as well as a Consent to Services form. These forms can be emailed in advance of your first appointment.


 

 Toronto Therapist in Downtown, Amy Babcock in Downtown                     


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