About Us

About your counsellor

  I have a Master of Arts degree in Counselling and Spirituality. Due to my experience in community and hospital settings, I've gained competency at assessing and treating clients from mild to severe mental health issues. I have developed a solid foundation that focuses on a variety of issues including: anxiety, depression, addictions, spiritual questions, and other mental health issues. 

 I am a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and  a  qualifying Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). I am also registered with the Psychology Today Association My theoretical orientation is eclectic with an emphasis on Cognitive-Behavioural, Client-Centred, as well as Jungian approaches. 

My aim in therapy is to help  individuals reach out into the strongest versions of themselves.    You, the client, are the most integral part of our work together. It is your power of transformation that attracts me the most. I am committed to establish a self-to-self connection with you and bring alive that person who you want become.   

Services

  At Alchemy Mind Counselling, I offer counselling services for a wide range of mental disorders such us: 

  Anxiety 

Depression 

Addictions 

Spiritual/Religious questions

 Trauma 

Low self-confidence

Grief and Loss  

Relationship issues

Fees & Insurance

  • Psychotherapy is not covered by OHIP, but many health care insurance plans cover all or a portion of the cost. Check with your insurance  if you are eligible for coverage
  • In cases where the insurance plan does not cover all the session, or if the client is not eligible for insurance coverage, therapy services can be claimed as a medical expense for income tax purposes. 
  • My Practice is supervised by a Psychologist, therefore most of insurance policies cover all or a portion of the cost.
  • Session Fee is $80-$130 + HST. Sliding Scale is available for clients who have no insurance.
  • Payment is due at the end of each session (cash, check or wire)  A receipt will be issued that you may submit for insurance reimbursement. .

Cancellation Policy:

  • If you must cancel an appointment, please do so at least 24 hours ahead of time by calling or  email. 
  • Failure to cancel  with at least 24 hours notice will result in the agreed upon hourly fee being charged. 

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Why Alchemy?

  “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed"

Carl Jung.

Defining alchemy is not an easy task. I have chosen this word  because I see the therapy session as a space for psychological transformation and healing. Traditionally, alchemy has been perceived as a sacred science that dealt with the transformation of lead into gold. However, the real gold sought by the alchemists was in fact a search for an authentic and meaningful life, what in Jungian terms is referred to as Individuated Self. Alchemy begins its work with first matter, prima materia, which like psychotic behaviours is similar to the crises we encounter throughout life.

  Within our work together, sessions will always focus on creating a safe space for you to explore and discuss any presenting problem you might be dealing with. While books can be helpful, there is no substitute for experience. I am here to help you relate to your Individuated Self, and help you reach your awareness of your own capacity to change. Since alchemy is always about making something less into something great, I want you to experience your time with me as a journey to change emotional pain into insight and clarity.  

Frequently Questions

  Why Do I need counselling?

 If you notice that you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or frustrated with certain areas of your life counselling may be a good decision for you. Counselling will offer you a better understanding of your presenting problems. Also, through counselling you will gain the capacity to replace unhealthy patterns of your life with more healthy and adaptive behaviours.

  What can I expect when I start counselling?

 Once you send an email or telephoned our office, I will reach out to you to set up an appointment. During that first session we will spend some time going over specific questions such as: your expectations of therapy, discuss limits of confidentiality, your presenting problems and other details. We will then book a following session and we will begin to start working on the problem together. In a professional, friendly, and compassionate manner we will work collaboratively towards your goals. 

How can I open to a stranger with details of my personal life?

I believe that an authentic relationship between the therapist and client is an essential part of the therapeutic process. Therapy is led by the client and therefore not restricted by the boundaries of a particular therapeutic modality. Most importantly, the goal is to develop a client’s self-esteem and foster resilience, which in turn improves physical and mental wellbeing. As a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), Alchemy Mind Counselling follows strict ethical guidelines in practice. 

 Is counselling covered under my health benefits?

 At Alchemy Mind Counselling the services are reimbursable by most third-party health care benefits companies. However, it is important that you check with your employee or third-party provider’s policy to verify. Often, a referral from your doctor for psychological services is required first. Simply visit a doctor and explain that you would like a referral for “counselling and/or psychological services”. If your health care benefits provider requires this referral, you will need to submit it with your first receipt.  We offer a sliding scale for clients with financial strains and may be able to adjust your hourly fee.  

Resources

Here you can find references, links to videos, articles and others that can  support you through your journey of healing and transformation.

Trauma

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders/copingafteratraumaticevent.aspx

Anxiety

https://www.adaa.org/tips-manage-anxiety-and-stress

Depression

https://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/depression

Mindfulness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeblJdB2-Vo