“The wings of transformation are born of patience and struggle” – Unknown
Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to my F.A.Q. page. I’ve done my best to collect your top questions asked about my services and hope that you’ll find your answer here. If you cannot find an answer, then please feel free to contact me using my contact form.
What Is Covered Under Insurance?
Please carefully review the following information and be sure to check with your insurance company for coverage and details.
Benefit Plans and Packages
Dependent on Insurance type and set up, all session fees are paid by the client at time of service. A receipt is provided to the client for submission to employee benefits programs or insurance provider of benefit plan. Please verify that your insurance company will cover counseling services provided by a Registered Social Worker.
The following Health Insurance Companies refer directly to my practice.
- Blue Cross
How to Submit a Claim?
Please check your submission details with your insurance company. Hold onto any receipts for your claim. Please contact me should you have any questions or need help regarding your submission about your claim.
Can I expect confidentiality?
Absolutely! All sessions are strictly confidential. The only exception to this practice standard is when there is a risk of threat of self-injury or threat of injury to another.
Also, in couple therapy, my practice standard is that I keep individual sessions with either partner confidential so what is discussed with one partner individually is kept confidential and not shared with the other partner by the therapist. However, the sharing of information is encouraged between the couple.
All sessions are spaced to allow for confidentiality between clients.
You can be assured that we will respect and never share your personal information. According to the ethical codes of our professional bodies, we will keep your personal and/or financial details safe and will not divulge any of your information. Our website is also protected using an SSL Certificate for https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser.
How long of a wait for service?
That depends on volume of active clients, but generally I make an effort to see new clients within two weeks.
How & When Do I Pay?
Clients can pay for their sessions by cash, electronic money transfer or cheque payable to Simple Transformations prior to each session.
A session fee is paid by the client at time of service. A receipt is provided for client submission to employee assistance program or insurance provider of benefit plan. (Please verify that your insurance company will cover counselling services provided by a Registered Social Worker).
Exceptions for Clients referred by the following Employee Assistance Programs and Health Benefit Insurance Companies
– Blue Cross
What About Cancellations or Missed Appointments?
If you do not attend the scheduled appointment and failed to provide 24 hrs notice then a cancellation fee (the cost of that session) will apply.
If you’re unable to make your regular appointment or booked session, please contact me as soon as possible, as I may be able to offer you an alternative session that week, subject to availability.
I commit to offering you regular appointments, usually on a weekly basis, because of the importance of maintaining the therapy conversation in ongoing and continuous sessions.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
There is no minimum and there is no maximum number of sessions. However, research has shown that couple therapy takes from 8-20 sessions. I try to accelerate the process by assigning homework to practice outside the session. The timelines is always dependent on the level of commitment of each partner.
How many sessions is generally needed for couple therapy?
Research has shown that couple therapy may take 8-20 sessions. However, I try to accelerate the process by recommending activities and strategies to practice between sessions. The need for sessions is dependent on the couple themselves and their level of commitment to creating the changes they seek for a healthier relationship.
Do both my partner/spouse/husband and I have to attend for the first session for couple therapy?
That is entirely up to you. Some like to each have an individual session prior to meeting as a couple to discuss their individual concerns and some don’t. There is no right or wrong way to start. My focus is on the relationship when working with a couple. Generally, I prefer to see both at once.
What Qualifications Do You Have?
I have worked and volunteered in the helping fields for more than 25 years with various types of clients, in many capacities, in Simcoe County and across Canada. My background includes both personal life and work experience and professional training in the areas of counseling and therapy, life coaching, teaching and training, and in senior management positions. My breadth of experience has equipped me with the qualities, knowledge, and skill set to be an effective practitioner and consultant.
Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW)
Registered Social Worker (RSW)
Honours Bachelor’s Degree – Psychology
Certified Life Coaching with CCF
Certified in Hypnosis
Certified in Past Life Regression Therapy
Certificate in Teaching and Training Adults
Degree in Metaphysics
Please check out my About Me page for detailed information on my background, education, and experience.
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Dr. Brian Weiss – psychotherapist, on Reincarnation, Past Lives and Miracles
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