1. Does OHIP cover your services?
No, OHIP does not cover my services. Fees are paid by clients. Occupational Therapy (OT) fees might be covered under your health insurance (please check your individual policy for “Occupational Therapy”). OT fees can be submitted as medical expenses on your income tax return. Intuitive energy medicine fees are not covered by insurance plans, nor are they eligible expenses on your tax return.
2. What will my first session be like (for adults)?
I will ask you what you wish or intend to get out of the session. I will fully explain the assessment and treatment process to you, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions before we begin. Once you have given your consent, my assessment will include listening carefully to your story and tuning into the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energetic aspects of your unique situation. Based on what I find, my recommendations may include one or more of the following: treatment, consultation, or referral to another practitioner. 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.
3. What will my first session about my child be like? (Note: Child does not attend the first session.)
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: a session with your child, a follow up session with parent(s) only, consultation, or referral to another practitioner. 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.
4. Why doesn’t my child attend the first session?
A few 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. By listening carefully to the parent’s story and intuitively accessing the child’s energetic body, I have access to all of the information “bits” I need to create a whole picture of the situation and a proposed treatment plan, when necessary.
Exception: If the child requires a feeding assessment, then s/he may attend a portion of the first visit so I can observe the physical skills of eating and the feeding relationship.
5. 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.
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.
6. 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. There is no “recipe” or “treatment protocol” because people are unique, with individual preferences and experiencing the changing seasons of life.
In terms of some general guidelines:
- I typically don’t see the same client more than once a week to allow time for the physical body to adjust to the changes from the previous session
- The amount of time the client has been suffering with some issue does not necessarily mean that more sessions will be needed
- Most of the time I don’t recommend a time frame within which clients “should” come back. Instead, I encourage them to listen to their own wisdom around the timing of sessions. Exception: Feeding therapy clients who are following a specific treatment protocol may require weekly sessions, as per protocol.
7. How can my thoughts, feelings, and past experiences affect my physical body?
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. Chronic stress is linked to the most common causes of death including heart disease, cancer, and lung diseases.
For more information on the mind-body connection, visit Dr.Nadine Burke Harris’s TED talk on adverse childhood events, and the book “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
8. Are you a healer?
It depends how you define healing. If healing means an instant cure that happens by some magical act by a “healer,” then I am definitely not a healer! If you view healing as the process of becoming whole, then maybe I am a healing “helper.” The true healer is the person seeking wellness. I use the title “Integrative Health Practitioner” rather than “Energy Healer” as I consider all aspects of the person: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and energetic. I am like a giant flashlight–I can bring into awareness aspects of the person and offer treatment modalities that the person may not have previously seen or considered relevant to his/her health. I practice compassionate and non-judgmental presence in which clients can access their unique path to healing themselves. Often clients report that energy work feels “magical.” This is because we are working with the “invisible” energetic body, yet they are feeling tangible changes in their physical bodies or powerful shifts in their conscious awareness that defy the laws of physical existence.