• Why choose to go to psychotherapy?

The overarching goal of psychotherapy is to help support the overall wellness and quality of life of individuals, couples, or families. Since every person’s life experiences are unique, this can look different for each person. Attending therapy does not mean there is something seriously “wrong” with your mental health; on the contrary, seeking mental health support is indicative of your readiness to overcome whatever it is that is bothering you.

 

  • How can a psychotherapist help me?

Psychotherapy can help in many ways, here are some examples:

– To develop a better understanding of your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.

– To develop an understanding of how mental health can affect other areas of life.

– To develop personal goals, and to develop personalized plans of working towards those goals.

– To learn strategies aimed at working with fears and insecurities which are holding you back from fully enjoying life.

– To develop strategies to work with sadness or depression.

– To learn ways to deal with traumatic experiences and post-traumatic stress.

– To learn ways to cope with grief.

– To help improve the quality of relationships.

– To help improve the functioning of the family system.

– To help address problems of destructive behaviors.

– To help address problems of self-harm.

– To help address behavioral problems of children.

 

  • What types of therapeutic services are offered at Rush & Associates?

At Rush & Associates, we offer psychotherapy to individuals of all ages, couples, and families. We also offer group therapy sessions- please call us to inquire about ongoing group sessions.

 

  • What if I cannot speak fluent English, can Rush & Associates help?

At Rush & Associates inclusivity and accessibility of services is a top priority. We currently offer direct psychotherapy in English and Arabic (all dialects) with one of our therapists. However, if you feel more comfortable doing therapy in another language, please contact us to explore the available options.

 

  • What are the differences between a Clinical Therapist, a Qualifying Psychotherapist, and a Registered Psychotherapist?

A clinical therapist or a qualifying therapist has not yet completed the requirements to be fully registered with the CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario). These professionals may still be in completing school and working towards their post-graduate degree requirements, or they may be graduated but working towards the CRPO’s requirements for licensing. In both cases, Clinical Therapists and Qualifying Therapists are supervised by a tenured Registered Psychotherapist in order to provide the best service possible to the client. A Registered Psychotherapist is a professional that has completed all requirements and is fully registered with the CRPO.

 

  • How much does psychotherapy cost per session?

Per session costs may vary depending on the type of service you are receiving, the length of the session, and the therapist you may be seeing. Generally, the rates of Clinical and Qualifying Psychotherapists are lower compared to Registered Psychotherapists. Additionally, rates for couple and family sessions are typically slightly higher compared to individual therapy sessions.

At Rush & Associates we highly value making mental health services accessible to all, we offer limited sliding-scale rates- this means that rates may be discounted depending on the financial situation of the client and are dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

 

  • How long does psychotherapy last?

The length of therapy varies greatly from client to client, this may depend on the modality employed the client’s therapeutic goals, or the types of problems to be resolved in therapy. In some cases, therapy may last 6 or 8 weeks, in other cases where the issue is more complex and deep and the therapy may last for several months or years depending on the support which the client requires.

 

  • What can I expect in my first session?

The first session is typically a 30-minute intake session which is free of charge. This time allows the client to decide if the therapist is a good fit for them. During this session, you are encouraged to share what you feel comfortable sharing, as this will allow both yourself and the therapist to begin to formulate therapeutic goals and treatment planning. Additionally, the therapist may ask some specific questions about what brought you to therapy, what you are expecting, and if you have any other quesitons. This would be a good time to ask about how the therapist plans to work with you, what experience they have, and other logistical questions, such as timing, availability and fee structure.

 

  • What does confidentiality mean?

Confidentiality simply means that anything discussed between the client and therapist will not be shared with anyone else and will remain confidential. All client files, forms, and session notes are security protected. Please note, there are certain exceptions to the confidentiality agreement, please contact your therapist to learn more about the exceptions to confidentiality.

 

  • Is psychotherapy covered by OHIP or health insurance?

Psychotherapy is not covered by OHIP; however, it is covered by some private health insurance plans. You may contact your health insurance provider to verify coverage.

 

  • What is the minimum age for consent to psychotherapy?

There is no minimum age to consent, this is quite often handled on a case by case basis. However, typically children under the age of 12 require the consent of a parent or guardian, and individuals aged 18 or older are treated as adults and do not require consent from a parent or guardian. Individuals between the ages of 13-17 may or may not require the consent of their parent/guardian to participate in psychotherapy depending on the maturity level of the client and the problems being addressed in therapy.

 

  • Can I bring other people to my therapy sessions?

We do offer sessions for families or couples. Individual therapy sessions typically include only the client. However, in some cases the client may request the presence of someone else in their individual therapy session. The therapist may agree to such requests in the initial stage of treatment.

 

  • How do I book an appointment at Rush & Associates?

There are several ways to book an appointment with Rush & Associates:

Call us at: (905) 232-7335

E-mail us at: administration@rushassociatestherapy.com or rushassociatestherapy@gmail.com

Create a profile and book an appointment online: https://rushandassociates.janeapp.com/

 

  • Are sessions in person or virtual?

At Rush & Associates, we aim at offering the most convenient services to our clients. We offer both virtual therapy sessions and in-person sessions at our office headquarters. Upon booking your first appointment please notify us of your preference.