Therapy Rates & Session Information
Helen Vilenski's fees are $120 plus HST ($135.60) for a 60 minute session. Only a few sliding scale spots are available to those who cannot pay the full fee. Helen does her best to keep pychotherapy as affordable as possible for her clients and has not raised fees in 6 years. Regretably fees are not covered by OHIP. A free 15 minute initial phone or Skype consult can be scheduled to answer any questions you may have to feel comfortable working with her, to learn about her practice and for Helen to "meet"you and to learn about your concerns. Helen does not offer free first sessions. A 24- hr cancellation fee applies with the exception of severe/ contagious illness.
Third Party Coverage:
Many third party insurers do cover a portion of Psychotherapy fees but you should check with your own insurance company as to whether or not you are covered for psychotherapy services with a Registered Psychotherapist (RP). If you are relying on insurance funding it would be important to check with your provider before contacting the office. A note to consider is that many professionals charge significantly more than Helen's fee, so if you require ongoing psychotherapy beyond which your plan coverage extends, it may be more cost effective to pay out-of-pocket and claim expenses against your taxes since Psychotherapy with a Registered Psychotherapist is an eligible medical claim (if eligible).
How is payment collected:
Payment is collected at the end of every session inthe form of Direct/Interact Transfer, Cash or Cheque. A receipt will be given to you that day. This receipt will contain Helen Vilenski,RP's CRPO registration number.
Duration of therapy:
For psychotherapy to be successful, it usually needs to happen regularly over at least 8-12 weeks- most often longer. While shorter term, targeted interventions or counselling may be helpful for a simple issue and may be neccessary if funding is a concern, lasting changes usually occur from insight gained through several sessions and from active engagement in the therapeutic process (this includes practicing suggestions or engaging in social experiments between sessions). Please let Helen know first session of any budgetary or time limitations.Helen tries to balance explorative therapy with some cognitive homework interventions, additional educational links or educational handouts for maximum impact. Therapy is like a good investment -it requires attention, time, patience and commitment.