My Treatment Philosophy
I believe that therapeutic change occurs through a supportive, caring and trusting relationship building upon a client’s unique strengths and resources. I consider clients to be the experts in their lives, and with support, encouragement, and appropriate interventions, they will find solutions to a wide range of human difficulties.
I practice Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an educational approach to therapy that helps clients overcome their difficulties by changing their thinking, behaviour and emotional responses. It has proven to be clinically effective for a wide variety of problems and disorders.
- Solution Focused Therapy is style of brief intervention that helps clients focus on solutions to their problems and directs individuals towards living more helpful and satisfying lives.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.
Assessment and Treatment Services
My practice focuses on treating adults experiencing anxiety, post-traumatic stress, depression, marital problems/relationship issues, self-esteem issues, work related issues, and grief and loss. I also offer lifestyle counselling for stress, insomnia and weight management.
My primary responsibility as your therapist is to protect your welfare and to work in your best interests. Everything that we discuss during therapy is confidential except in specific circumstances in which I am ethically and/or legally required to disclose information to the appropriate authorities.
Goal of Therapy
Counselling provides an opportunity for you to discuss your concerns in a confidential and safe environment. By talking through your concerns with a counsellor, you will deepen your understanding of what is happening and develop alternate ways of dealing with the situation. Our goal in therapy is to uncover your unique and innate abilities to successfully manage your emotions, relationships and problems.
Length of Therapy
As with any therapy, no specific promises can be made about the results of treatment, the effectiveness of the procedures or the number of sessions necessary for therapy to be effective. The number of sessions will vary depending upon each individual’s needs. For some people, a few sessions are sufficient, while others may choose to come more often. The length of therapy depends on what you are looking for from therapy and the types of challenges you bring to it. Each client retains complete control of the therapy process and has the right to discontinue treatment at any time however, it is important to discuss your progress with me before ending therapy.
My Education and Training
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I received my Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, in New Brunswick, Canada and completed clinical training at St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Prior to my graduate studies, I attended Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Certificate in Palliative Care. I also earned a Diploma in Food and Nutrition from Humber College.
After obtaining my Master’s Degree, I completed training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia and became a Certified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. I also studied Solution Focused Therapy at the University of Toronto and became a Certified Solution Focused Therapist with the Canadian Council of Professional Certification. (www.ccpcprofessional.com). Most recently, I have been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy at the Niagara Stress and Trauma Clinic.
As a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), I abide by their Code of Ethics and by-laws and ethical standards of care.
My telephone number is 905 320 5835. All messages are confidential. If you would like me to return your phone call, please leave instructions as to when and where you would like me to call you. I will use the upmost discretion when returning your call. Please note that the use of email does not guarantee confidentiality. As such, please do not use email to discuss personal issues beyond scheduling appointments or other non-clinical matters. If you would like to speak with me about something other than appointment scheduling, please call me. For 24-hour crisis support go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
Fees and Scheduling
Payment for services is an important part of any professional relationship and fulfilling this responsibility demonstrates your commitment to therapy. The cost of individual therapy is $120 per hour. Approximately 50 minutes is devoted to therapy with the client and 10 minutes for documentation. Payment methods include e-transfers, credit card, cash or cheque and are due at the time of each visit. A receipt will be provided for all payments.
If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment for any reason, please provide me with at least 24 hours advance notice to avoid being charged for your session.
Poulter Counselling operates as a fee-for-service clinic. Psychological services are not covered by OHIP, but may be partially covered by your extended health insurance plans. If you are intending to use insurance mental health benefits to pay for all or part of your treatment costs, please contact your insurance provider to ensure that your claim will be covered.
Mental health concerns relating to a motor vehicle accident (for your or a family member) are eligible for coverage under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule but clients must first apply to their insurer for benefits.
Clients are encouraged to recognize that there is no better investment than their mental health.