Jill Foley, M.A., R.P., CTTS
Child, Individual & Family Psychotherapist
Although fees are not covered by OHIP, many private and public insurance polices do. Please check with your insurance and/or Employee Assistance Program to determine what coverage you have access to. Additionally, direct billing to the National Indian Health Board, Criminal Injuries and Victim Quick Response Programs can be done for those who are eligible for such funds.
Some Risks and Benefits
Counselling is different than talking to a friend or family member. Specific goals will be determined with you, and although it is hoped that you will find the experience supportive, you will also be challenged. Sometimes you might feel annoyed, tired or upset following a session. This can happen as you are processing new ways of thinking or because you’ve spoke about something that’s been upsetting to you. As a result of counselling, you may experience changes in your relationships or beliefs that have unexpected results. Usually these changes are very positive in the long – term, but it may be difficult to experience as they are occurring.
Specific techniques in counselling (i.e., relaxation exercises) or homework may be suggested or given. If you have any questions about these techniques it’s important you ask. It’s also important to know you have the right to stop any exercise at any time during the session. Counselling is one form of treatment for client problems- other forms include medications for psychological symptoms, church groups, and physical activity (i.e., yoga).
Counselling & Confidentiality
After an initial phone consultation, an appointment will be arranged to further discuss concerns, needs and expectations.
Following an initial telephone call, a preliminary consultation is offered to explore the needs, concerns, and expectations for service. These services may be single session or short term in nature, depending on your specific needs; additionally, longer term psychotherapy is available.
Except in specific situations, you have the right to confidentiality in your counselling. If you would like to share information with other people, such as a doctor or other mental health professional, you must give written permission. You have the right to change your mind and revoke that permission at any time. Legally, if there are concerns about safety, these may need to be shared. More specifically, if any of the following are believed to be true, there is a legal obligation to report these to the appropriate authorities.
At times, we may communicate via email. Please be aware that email is not completely confidential. Any email received or sent to will be printed out and kept in your file, so discretion on your part is advised. Additionally, personal counseling will not be conducted by email, but instead used for booking appointments, providing resources, and celebrating successes.
For more information or to arrange an appointment, please contact me at 289-231-0044 or by completing the email form located here.