Do you have questions about sex therapy?

These are just some of the frequently asked questions people have about sex therapy. If you have any other questions, give me a call.

How does therapy help?

Participating in psychotherapy can bring a fresh perspective to an ongoing concern, help you to move away from negative communication patterns and gain tools to manage your life and relationships more constructively.   Resolving the hurts from past experiences and abuses can free you up.  The benefits you will get will depend on your motivation and what you learn. Because therapy involves change, it is important to know there may be times when you experience some distress and uncertainty.  One of the goals of therapy is to support and help you through this process.

What are your rates and does insurance cover visits?

My rate is $175.00 per clinical hour.  The therapy hour is typically 55 minutes.  My services may be covered fully or in part by your workplace benefits when they are provided through Toronto Psychological Services, under the supervision of Janice King, M.Ed., C. Psych Assoc. a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Or because I am a Registered Psychotherapist you may have coverage.   You should check with your insurance to find out what practitioners are covered, if there is a limit to the number of sessions or dollars you can spend and whether you require a referral from your doctor.

Electronic communication

I use electronic communication for scheduling appointments only.  The complete security and privacy of e-communication cannot be guaranteed as information can be lost or intercepted.  For that reason, I do not provide consultation through email.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you do not show up for your appointment and you have not notified me at least 48 hours in advance, you will be expected to pay for the cost of the missed session. Late cancellations interrupt the continuity of your therapy and prevent me from scheduling someone who may be waiting for a standby appointment.

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of our conversations. I do not disclose information without your written permission.   Exceptions are the following:

  • A therapist must report suspected child abuse to the appropriate authorities.
  • If a client suggests the intent to harm him or herself or someone else, I will make every effort to enlist your cooperation to ensure safety. If you do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without your permission. If you threaten bodily harm to someone else, I will notify the police and the intended victim.
  • If your records are subpoenaed by the courts, I cannot protect your confidentiality.
  • If you disclose abuse by another health care provider, I must report this to their college.

What can I expect in a sex therapy session?

During the initial session we will talk about the nature of your concerns, how they affect you and/or your relationship, and what changes you would like to make.  In couple therapy, I like to meet with you together, then separately for one session and then together again.

To help formulate solutions, you will be invited to share your sexual history with me, reflect on your sexual past and explore what being sexual means to you.  You will be encouraged to discuss the influences on your sexual development and together we will begin to identify the resources you need to resolve your concerns.

At times we may agree that you will read a book or practice some new behaviors that are designed for sex therapy.  Therapy works best when you actively participate in your treatment both in and outside of the therapy sessions.