Fees for counselling or psychotherapy are not covered by OHIP. Coverage for counselling and psychotherapy is provided by most extended health benefit plans. It is advisable to check to see if you have such coverage through your employer.
This is something that the counsellor will discuss during the first counselling session. However, while there may be exceptions, it is generally advisable to plan on scheduling weekly or biweekly sessions. Duration of treatment is dependent on a number of factors, including the severity of the concern for which help is being sought.
Conversations with the counsellor are kept in strict confidence. This includes the handling of files that contain case notes, records, and psychological test results. If there is a need or desire to disclose information from files with another professional e.g. medical doctor, lawyer, pastor, or third party billing source (for employee benefits, for example), the client will be consulted first and asked to sign a release of information document. Legal Limitations to Confidentiality: Counsellors are required by law to report to the appropriate authorities if there is physical or sexual abuse of a child under the age of 18 or if [...]
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