Where is your office located? Is it close to transit? Does it have parking?
Annex Psychotherapy is located just West of the Bloor Spadina intersection in the heart of Toronto. There is paid parking immediately behind our building and we less than a minute walk from the Spadina subway station.
How much does therapy cost and is it covered by OHIP?
Therapists fees range from $70–$125 per session. Each therapist ses his or her own fees and may have a “sliding scale” in cases of financial hardship. Check the individual profiles on the site for more specific information about each therapist’s fees.
Psychotherapy is not covered by OHIP. However, fees may be covered by a workplace or privately held insurance plan — please check with your service provider to see about your coverage.
Are psychotherapists regulated in Ontario?
On Arpril 1st 2015 the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario was proclaimed by the Government of Ontario. On that date psychotherapy became a regulated health profession in Ontario. This means that it is no longer difficult to find a psychotherapist you can trust to be competent and well trained. The therapists at Annex Psychotherapy are all graduates of the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy, and have either qualified for the college as indicated by the letters RP after their names, or are in the process of qualifying as RP’s.
What can psychotherapy help with?
Psychotherapy addresses most mental health issues, from depression, anxiety and suicidal feelings, to addictions, obsessions and relationship difficulties. Please see our Services page for a partial list of the issues our therapists commonly work with.
Note: a psychotherapist in Ontario cannot make a formal diagnosis nor prescribe medication.
Is therapy effective?
Often people find that working with a therapist provides relief from chronic emotional issues. It is important to know that while the effects of ongoing therapy may not appear immediately, they are enduring. You will likely have some sense of the impact of therapy for you after a few sessions. If you are worried about whether your experience in therapy is benefiting you, you and your therapist should discuss your experience and hopes.
Is what I say to my therapist confidential?
Yes. The confidentiality of the process is critical to its success. As therapists we are bound by the CTP code of ethics and the CAPT code of ethics. The only circumstance under which confidentiality may be broken occurs when someone is at risk of criminal harm. Although many therapists discuss client issues with senior therapists and supervisors, discussion with other health professionals i.e. Doctors are reliant on your consent. Do not hesitate to discuss your concerns with your therapist.
Is mental health really important?
Mental health is an integral part of health in general. Being healthy is not merely the absence of disease. Mental health affects all of the ways in which we live, and our capacity to live to the fullest. A professional psychotherapist can help you gain an increased capacity for making choices and of knowing and accepting yourself.
What will be expected of me?
Together with your therapist you arrange a regular time to meet (usually once a week). You’ll bring yourself and your willingness to talk about and explore yourself and your life.
What do the therapists at Annex Psychotherapy provide?
Our clients are invited to enter upon a human journey with a therapist. We assume an essential equality of persons in this work and in this dialogue. We all have great inner resources both for healing ourselves and for growth. But we need a context in which we feel heard and listened to and in which new perspectives can develop. As every person is different, every therapy will be specific to the individual client.