Your most Frequently Asked Questions Answered
Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions that have not been answered on this site.
How long is each session?
Each session is fifty minutes to one-hour in length. Additional time over the hour is pro-rated.
How many sessions will I need?
Your first session is usually an intake session where we discuss a variety of topics including your goals. In the beginning, it is most effective to come weekly as momentum is built. As your process progresses, we can reassess what is going to work best for you to achieve long-term, positive changes. Everyone seeks therapy for different reasons so there is no magic number, but it is realistic to suggest that as you heal, less sessions are required.
How much is each session?
Each one-hour session with me is $160 +HST. I also offer a sliding scale for a limited number of clients based on their household income (**sliding scale is currently FULL**). Sessions can be paid by cash, cheque or email money transfer.
Each one-hour session with Melissa is $130 including HST. She offers a sliding scale on a case by case basis for a limited number of clients. Click here to inquire further.
Will my sessions be covered by OHIP or insurance?
At this time, OHIP does not cover psychotherapy, however, check with your insurance provider to see if Registered Psychotherapists are covered under your plan. Additionally, I work under the clinical supervision and direction of a registered psychologist so you have the option of accessing workplace benefits and/or extended health care benefits for psychologist services as well when you work with me.
Are sessions in-person? Are phone or video sessions available?
***Please note: For the care and convenience of all clients, most sessions are currently being offered by video and phone at this time. In-person sessions are only available with Melissa Farinaccia at 2174 Major Mackenzie Drive in Maple.***
Yes, you can book in-person, video or phone sessions. There are two convenient office locations:
1. OM Toronto at 55 Spring Garden Ave -- Yonge & Sheppard in Toronto (North York), Ontario.
2. Holistic Healthcare Centre at 2174 Major Mackenzie Drive -- Keele & Major Mackenzie in Maple (Vaughan), Ontario.
*Parking is available at both locations
What if I need to re-schedule or cancel my appointment?
If you need to re-schedule or cancel your appointment, please do so within 48 business hours before your scheduled appointment time. Otherwise, you will be charged the full session fee.
What reasons do people seek psychotherapy? How do I know psychotherapy is for me?
There are many reasons people seek therapy:
Are you having trouble in your relationships?
Do you have difficulty saying no and setting boundaries?
Do you enjoy taking care of other people, but often forget to take care of yourself?
Do you ever feel "jittery" and on edge?
Do you often criticize yourself?
Do you feel alone and confused without any motivation to make changes?
Do you want to express yourself but you don't know how?
If the answer is yes to any of these, then you've come to the right place. I am here to help and guide you through your sadness, lack of motivation, unhealthy relationships, low self-esteem to get you to where you want to be.
Are my sessions kept confidential?
In general, all communication between us is confidential and I will only release information about our work to others at your request and with your written permission. Under certain circumstances, I may be required to disclose information obtained during therapy to other persons / agencies. These circumstances include: • If I am concerned that you intend to harm yourself. • If you threaten grave bodily harm or death to yourself or another, I may inform medical or law enforcement personnel. • If I am concerned that a child, dependant adult, or elder is being abused in any way. • If you report the sexual misconduct of a mental health practitioner and mention the name of that person. • If my clinical notes or records are ordered by a judge during a criminal or civil trial that you are involved in.
I will do everything I can to keep your records confidential, however, given the above circumstances, it may be out of my control to do so.