Frequently Asked Questions

What is your fee? How do payments work? Do you offer a sliding scale?

The session fee is $100 for a 60 minute session and $150 for a 90 minute session. 

Payments are made at the time of each session, by cash, cheque, e-transfer, or PayPal.

 

Yes, I do offer a sliding scale. Please contact me to work out a fee that is affordable for your family.   

Will our sessions be covered by insurance?

Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) does not cover the cost of a counsellor in private practice.  However, some private health insurance companies offer coverage. I would encourage you to contact your insurance provider to find out what mental health coverage they provide.  I will provide you with a receipt to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement.

My Provincial Registration #: 001172 College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) 

Registered Marriage and Family Therapist#: 101377 (AAMFT, OAMFT, CAMFT)

Are you a Psychologist or Social Worker?

No, I am not a Psychologist or Social Worker, and my services are not covered under "psychologist" or "social worker" through insurance providers. I do not offer diagnoses or psychological assessments.

I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and am covered under some insurance benefits as such.

Could you recommend a Psychologist or Social Worker who specializes in pregnancy loss and fertility issues?

Where is your office?

I rent office space at The Family Centre; 65 Hanson Avenue in Kitchener.  There is plenty of free parking and a large reception area at the main entrance.  The building is accessible and has public restrooms, free wifi, and a small cafe area. 

 

The Family Centre is a community hub for learning, recreation, sharing, and connecting.  There are community groups and not-for-profits that have permanent office space in the building.  I am one of several private therapists who rent and share office space for counselling sessions.

 

I will greet you in the main reception area prior to our session.      

 

How many sessions will I need?

The average length of service is between 1 and 3 sessions.  Depending on your goals and the nature of the presenting issues some clients will choose to book more sessions.  Some clients prefer to visit for a few sessions initially and then call for a "check-in" session several weeks or months later.  You will decide what will be most useful for you.  There is no pressure to rebook at the end of each session.  I can easily be reached to schedule a subsequent meeting or you can book your next meeting online too.   

 

I strive to make each session count.  For many clients a single session consultation is enough to feel some relief from distress and to feel more confident about your ability to cope in weeks and months ahead.   

What will we talk about?

We can talk about any aspect of your loss, health, and relationships.  Each pregnancy has a story; that's where we start.  Next, we focus on the issues that are most important for you.  Here are some examples from previous clients: 

Grief: process, timeline myths, lost due dates

Mental Health: depression, anxiety, and PTSD following loss

Relationship Stress: different greiving styles, strain with family and friends

Returning to Real Life: getting back to work, surviving holidays, a friend's baby shower

Resilience: how to feel like yourself again, trying to conceive again

The Unfiltered Details: pain, spotting, ultrasounds, hospital gowns, crying at the grocery store

Are you taking general counselling referrals? 

Yes, I am pleased to take any general counselling referrals.  Please contact me by phone 519-781-7207 or email Shannon@LifeAfterMiscarriage.ca for inquiries or to book an appointment.

Please note that Home Visits are a special service reserved for maternal health clients only. 

How far will you drive for a Home Visit?

Clients in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding area (Ayr, Elmira, St. Jacob's, New Hamburg, Baden, Wellesley etc) are eligible for Home Visits.