1. Are your fees covered by OHIP?
No. Clients pay out of pocket for my services. Some have extended health insurance that covers Occupational Therapy. Payment is due at the end of each session. I will issue you a receipt which you can submit for reimbursement to your insurance company.
2. How do I know if your services are right for me?
I offer a free 15 minute “Discovery session” if you’d like to connect over the phone or in person before booking your first session.
3. How many sessions do I (or does my child) need?
It depends. I know that’s not the answer you want to hear! I have had clients meet their goals in a single session, others I have seen more than once for a certain period, and others come back every now and then. It is difficult to predict how quickly a client will change because each person’s situation is so unique. Variables to consider include: learning style, time available to practice new skills, life stressors, etc. In addition, the healing process has it’s own divine timing.
The amount of time the client has been suffering with some issue does not necessarily mean that more sessions will be needed. (e.g.s., many of my feeding clients who have been refusing to eat particular foods for years will eat them during our first or second feeding therapy session; a child who has been disruptive at school for several years ceases to do so after a handful of treatment sessions). We can not predict, nor can we underestimate the wisdom of the healing process.
In terms of some general guidelines:
- Active therapy services: weekly or biweekly frequency. This is best for clients who are committed to change and have the time and resources to put toward goal achievement.
- Feeding therapy clients who are following a specific treatment protocol may require weekly sessions, as per protocol.
- Monitoring or Consultation services: Monthly or as-needed frequency. This mode of service delivery is best for clients who are best served with home programming (homework), those who are close to reaching their goals, and/or those whose circumstances do not allow for more frequent treatment frequency.
4. What will my first session be like (for adults)?
You will be required to complete an intake form prior to the session and bring it with you. It will be emailed to you prior to the session, or you can access it online. The session will take place in a private and quiet room. I will ask you what your goals and intentions of working with me are, as well as some information about you. My assessment will include listening carefully to your story and tuning into the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energetic aspects of your unique situation. My recommendations may include beginning treatment or consultation with you, and/or homework for you to do. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions before you give your consent to proceed with the proposed treatment. Depending on what treatment modality is needed, you may be more comfortable lying on a treatment table; however, this is not necessary. I am able to accommodate and adjust to what is best in the moment for you.
5. What will my first session about my child be like? (Note: Child does not attend the first session.)
You will be required to complete an intake form prior to the session and bring it with you. It will be emailed to you prior to the session, or you can access it online. The session will take place in a private and quiet room. One or both parents may attend, or any other significant adults in your child’s life. I will ask you what your concerns are about your child. I will listen carefully to your story of your child and will consider the physical, sensory, emotional, mental, spiritual, developmental, social, situational (family and environmental) and energetic factors that are contributing to the issue(s). Based on what I find, my recommendations may include one or more of the following: an in-person session with your child, a follow up session with parent(s) only, phone consultation, and home programming (homework). If future sessions are recommended, I will explain the treatment plan and process to you. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions before you give your consent to proceed with the proposed treatment.
6. Why doesn’t my child attend the first session?
A couple of reasons. It is difficult for children to hear their parent(s) talk about their challenges in their presence. It is easier for parents to concentrate and be insightful when they do not need to attend to their children at the same time. Some children do not need direct treatment with me; instead, I share ideas for parents to try out at home first. Taking your child to an unnecessary appointment and disturbing regular routines is an added stressor for many families.
7. Can I stay in the room with my child if you need to work directly with him/her in future sessions? What would a session be like?
Parents can be a great source of comfort for many children. In this case, parents are most welcome to stay. If there is stress within the family, some children benefit from having a private session with me so they have an opportunity to fully express themselves. I am flexible to whatever works for each individual child, on any given day.
A session with a younger child (developmentally 6 years old or younger) might look like I’m “just playing and talking” with your child. What is actually happening is that I am tuning in to your child’s needs, feelings, thoughts, actions and worldview. It is from this place of deep understanding that we can address the issue(s) at hand. For older children, the session would look more like an adult session (see above) with age-appropriate language and interaction. If parents are present, sometimes I will ask them to take part in some aspect of the treatment, depending on the nature of the issue we are working with.
8. What is energy medicine?
While energy medicine is relatively “new” to North America, it has been practiced for thousands of years in Eastern traditions. Energy medicine refers to various treatment modalities that seek to balance an organism’s life force energy. We are healthy when the life force energy flows freely, nourishing our bodies and minds. We feel physically and emotionally well, our eyes are bright, we live with a sense of purpose and joy in daily life. When the life force energy is unbalanced or blocked over the long-term, disease and illness of the body, mind and soul result.
9. How can my thoughts, feelings, and past experiences affect me?
When we experience life that is chronically stressful, or a life event that completely overwhelms us (such as with trauma), we store these experiences in the brain, body, mind and spirit. We might have recurrent negative thoughts, uncomfortable feelings, or act in ways that don’t make sense or that we later regret. Thoughts, feelings and memories are powerful forms of energy. They shift your body physically into either a state of survival (feeling threatened) or a into state of wellness (feeling safe and calm). If you feel threatened (i.e., stressed), your body responds with increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, increased respiration, dilated pupils, slowed digestive functioning, increased blood flow to the extremities, increased release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Our bodies store these stressful experiences in the brain (as memories), in the body (as cellular memories), and in the energetic body. Our life force energy flow is disturbed and we feel stressed. Chronic stress is linked to the most common causes of death including heart disease, cancer, and lung diseases. We now know that stress actually changes our physiology, the way our bodily systems function.