Counselling Psychologist

Registered Psychologist, Ontario. Certificate #4269

   
 
 
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If we do end up working together I will have to ask you to be careful to not wear perfume or other highly scented products on days when you'll see me. I have a medical condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (a.k.a. Environmental Sensitivities, Environmental Illness, or Sick Building Syndrome). This means I suffer a variety of symptoms when I am exposed to fragrances and other chemical fumes. I even get ill effects from being around people who use plug-in air fresheners at home, or who use especially highly scented detergents like Gain or "Tide with Febreeze," because the fragrance gets into their clothes and then "off-gases" while they're in my office. So if you are a person who lives in a highly scented world, it would be best for me if we don't work together.

While we're on the topic of disabilities, please note that my therapy office is not wheelchair accessible--it is down one flight of stairs. Also, be aware that there is a cat in the house. The cat is not allowed in my counselling office, but I cannot guarantee you would not be exposed to any airborne allergens, due to a shared entryway.

If there are barriers to our meeting in person (e.g., if you have mobility limitations, are out of town, live far away, or move away and want to continue our work) I am set up to do video calls using Skype. If you have a web cam on your computer and high-speed internet, the computer-to-computer video calls are free, so the technology does not add to the cost of therapy sessions. It is of course always preferable to be able to meet in person, but I find that the video calls feel quite natural.

Another thing you should be aware of before choosing me is that I typically travel a couple of times a year, for two or three weeks at a time, and I do not have colleagues covering for me. I always give my clients plenty of notice before my vacations, but if occasional gaps of three weeks or so will be a problem for you, it might be best for you to find someone who has a group practice where colleagues can cover for each other when going on vacation.

If you'd like to know more about my education, experience, publications, etc., click here to see my vita.

Click here to view my informed consent/contract, including limits of confidentiality. I will also email a copy to you to read before our first session.

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