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FAQ

Individual Counselling

What can I expect?
During the initial session we explore the issue(s) that has brought you to counseling. We set goals based on what you see the challenges to be and how you envision change towards healthy living in your life. We engage in talk therapy and possible complementary and/or alternative techniques within your comfort level and ability.

How long is a session?
Sessions are approximately one hour in length.

What  are the treatment strategies used?
Talk therapy is the traditional therapy used in counseling. It involves exploring issues and solutions through discussion between the therapist and client. Other treatment techniques may include mindfulness/meditation, journaling and participation in group discussions.

Is there a fee?
Counseling is fee-for-service. While it is not covered by OHIP, some insurance plans and a number of workplaces do cover the cost of individual counseling by a registered social worker. Please consult your employee benefits package.

Groups

What might a group event include?
Group treatment is used with men who are experiencing problems with offending behaviours.  The group is 25 weeks in length  Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (therapy which focuses on changing behaviors and thoughts) is recognized as the most effective treatment for sexual offenders. Treatment is provided within a group setting and organized in modules to cover all aspects of inappropriate sexual behavior.

Assessments

The  evaluation consists of  clinical interviews (1 to 2 hours over 3 appointments).  We conduct an objective measurement of sexual interest  using risk assessment tools for adult male/female and adolescent sex offenders. The tools used are the STATIC-99, STABLE 2007 and ACUTE 2007.  We request collateral information such as investigative reports, victim statements, prior treatment summaries, and/or accusations and charges be sent prior to the assessment.

Is there a fee?
Please contact Rocco to discuss cost for groups, individual counselling and assessments.  Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has approved Social Workers for the medical expense tax credit.  This means that Social Workers are now authorized “medical practitioners” for the purpose of claiming medical expenses on income tax returns.

Privacy

Ontario has a law that protects your personal health information (Personal Heath Information Protection Act, 2004). Personal health information includes identifying information such as: a client’s name, address, phone number, emergency contact and family history, as well as clinical information such as psychological reports, medical and psychiatric diagnoses, reports to third parties and clinical progress notes.

Clinicians are legally and professionally obliged to protect personal health information. We collect this information in order to assess client needs and progress, to provide therapeutic services, to bill for services, and to communicate with both you and third parties as is necessary. The information that is collected is limited to what is necessary for ongoing treatment and the provision of care and we have a legal responsibility to
report if there is an immediate risk of hurting self or others or abusing a child.

General

How do I get started?
Please contact Rocco to discuss your individual or group needs.

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