Psychotherapy, (sometimes referred to as "talk therapy", or "counselling") is utilized to treat and address a variety of concerns and issues including mental illnesses and emotional difficulties.
While a patient's individual treatment goals may vary, the general goal of Psychotherapy is to eliminate or control troubling symptoms so that an individual has an improved level of functioning and quality of life. Psychotherapy can also increase one's emotional well-being and facilitate a process of healing and personal growth.
Psychotherapy is considered a “Controlled Act” in Ontario, meaning that it can only be provided by regulated health care providers including Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Social Workers.
In order to become licensed to provide the controlled act of Psychotherapy, there are many years of training and supervision involved.
From the Canadian Association of Play Therapy website,
"Play Therapy has been accepted and acknowledged as an important and valued approach for working with children with emotional or behavioural difficulties. Play Therapy is beneficial to a child who is experiencing difficulties in the home, school or community. It is a therapeutic approach for human service professionals and as stated by Virginia Axline, “provides an opportunity for the child to ‘play out’ his or her feelings and problems just as, in certain adult therapy, an individual ‘talks out’ his or her difficulties”. "
While Psychotherapy is not covered by OHIP, Psychotherapy with a Registered Psychotherapist or a Registered Social Worker is covered by many extended health insurance plans.
We recommend calling your insurance (extended benefits provider) to find out if you have coverage for Psychotherapy with a "Registered Psychotherapist" or a "Registered Social Worker".
Occasionally Child Therapy Halton has Master's level counselling students (in training) who provide low- cost services to children and families in need.
Child Therapy Halton has several different therapist with different clinical fees based on years of experience, expertise, and qualifications.
We also periodically have Master's level counselling students who provide counselling (with supervision) at a reduced rate.
For more information about our clinical fees, please reach out to us by email.
There are a few different ways to get started.
If you had additional questions, you can email us at Info@ChildTherapyHalton.ca or fill out the "contact us form" online.
If you're ready to move forward with getting started, we can book a complimentary 15-minute consultation call, or if you'd like to expedite the process, we can go ahead and book a 50-minute parent intake appointment.
A "Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist" is a trained mental health professional/ Psychotherapist who has specialized training in providing Psychotherapy to children and adolescents (teens).
While some therapists may choose to work with many populations, such as children, teens, adults, seniors, couples and families, the therapists at Child Therapy Halton have chosen "Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy" as their speciality and have dedicated themselves to these specific populations.
Similar to how Doctors choose an area of practice to specialize in (such as surgery, cardiology, psychiatry, etc.), our therapists have chosen to specialize in providing Psychotherapy to children and adolescents.
Providing our patients with high-quality care is our top priority. Because of this, we only bring on therapists who have a significant amount of training and a specialization in working with these populations.
Our therapists have specific training in implementing effective Psychotherapy virtually. We use a variety of tools and approaches to provide high quality, effective therapy while keeping your child engaged.
Thus far, the virtual therapy we have been providing has been incredibly successful and effective, and the families we work with have told us that they love the convenience of online appointments.
As a bonus, you don't have to travel to our office, wait in the waiting room, or wear a mask during sessions when appointments are done virtually.