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How much does therapy cost at KMA Therapy?

How much does therapy cost at KMA Therapy?

Finding answers regarding the cost of psychotherapy in Toronto can actually be really frustrating. You may have found that it's hard to find clear costs of services and how much therapy and counselling sessions cost. Maybe you've had trouble finding answers on how much you can expect to pay throughout the entire therapeutic process, and if services are covered by your insurance provider. You might even be wondering why the cost of therapy is different depending on where you look.

How much do counselling sessions typically cost?

Fees for therapeutic services in Ontario range anywhere from $50 to $300 per session based on a variety of factors including educational background, experience, type of therapy, psychologist supervision, and office costs.

Here at KMA, your initial intake session is 50-minutes and costs $190.
Your first session is an intake session to learn more about you and get you started on the perfect plan of action for you!

Here at KMA, your follow up sessions are 50-minutes and cost $245.
Your follow up sessions are designed to produce results based on the goals from your intake session. You'll meet weekly or bi-weekly with your therapist and we'll check in regularly to ensure optimal results.

Our sessions are typically covered under most workplace benefits plans under "Psychological Services"

At KMA Therapy, we employ psychotherapists and registered social workers, all supervised under psychologists. Our staff ranges in experience, with some that have over 20 years of practice under their belts. Every one of our therapists offers a variety of different therapeutic approaches for individuals, couples, and families. We offer services at five different offices located in central areas throughout Toronto, and online.

During our initial 50-minute intake session we gather information on the issues you’re looking to address, the goals you have of therapy, and your personality to set you up with the best possible therapeutic match. This initial session is administered by a registered therapist and is covered by most insurance providers under psychological services. Each following 50-minute session is also covered under psychological services.

Factors that affect therapy costs

Educational Background

The professional degree a therapist holds will greatly affect their cost per session. Social workers, psychotherapists, and psychologists all require different degrees of education.

Social work services and psychotherapeutic services tend to be more affordable than psychological services. A psychotherapist and social worker’s costs range from $50 to $200 per hourly session. A psychologist may charge anywhere between $100 to $300 per hourly session.

The number of certifications a therapist has may also affect their cost per session. A therapist who receives training in a variety of different therapeutic approaches, holds multiple degrees, and takes additional courses will often charge more than one who does not. Maintaining different certifications will often require a therapist to pay yearly fees to access relevant resources, and their prices may reflect that.

When looking for a therapist for the first time, it is important to ensure that your therapist has the minimum qualifications to practice in Ontario. For more information about the different types of mental health providers, their costs, and the services they offer, check out this page.

Experience

Your therapist’s level of experience will influence the cost of sessions. As per the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, therapists are expected to further their scope of knowledge continuously. That mean that throughout their career, a therapist will have gained more certifications, attended more workshops, and read more literature that results in a better, more informed therapeutic experience for their client. As time goes on, a therapist will also work with a wider array of people which will expand their understanding of different clinical issues, backgrounds, and use of therapeutic techniques.

As therapists become more skilled in the field of psychology, their costs will often increase to reflect their qualifications. While new therapists are skillful, many individuals will opt to pay for more seasoned therapists to receive more experienced care. Those who require therapists with specialized experience in a particular area of mental health will usually need a therapist whose professional background is well-cultivated.

Type of Therapy

The type of therapy a mental health professional provides will also influence their cost per session. A therapist who treats more specialized conditions or who has experience in a highly specific field of psychology may be more expensive than one with more generalized knowledge.

Popular types of therapy, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy or client-centered therapy address a variety of different issues and are provided by many therapists. More specialized forms of therapy such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy are suited to clients with more specific needs and are not provided by all therapists. Clients looking for specialized therapies should be aware that therapies that are not widely provided may be more costly.

Additionally, a therapist that has experience with multiple therapeutic approaches and techniques may increase charges to reflect their range of knowledge.

Psychologist Supervision

A therapist who attends psychological supervision receive straining, advice, and feedback from a psychologist. Through these supervisions, they broaden their knowledge of the therapeutic field, and learn to incorporate new approaches into their sessions. It is well documented that therapists who attend regular supervision provide better therapeutic services to their clients.

Because of the time and money necessary to attend psychological supervision, and the associated client benefits, social workers and psychotherapists who are supervised by psychologists may have more expensive rates, ranging from $100 to $250. Therapists who attend psychological supervision are covered by most insurance providers under psychological services.

Office Costs

Office costs also factor into the overall price of therapy. Therapy practices located in cities with high costs of living will generally charge more to cover practice costs. The number of offices and the areas in which they’re located will also weigh in.

A client looking for an office in a central, convenient location will often need to consider that these offices are usually pricier, and this will be reflected in their session cost.

How many sessions of therapy will I need to attend?

The number of sessions you attend depends on the philosophy of your therapist, the type and degree of mental health issues, the treatment approach selected for you, and the nature of therapy (e.g., family therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, or individual therapy).

The modality, or style of therapy will affect the number of sessions necessary to make meaningful change. Cognitive-behavioural therapy, for example, is time limited, and typically takes between 6 to 20 sessions to complete. More in-depth styles of therapy, such as psychoanalytical therapy, could take months, or even years to complete.

During your first sessions, your therapist should discuss your plan for therapy, but keep in mind that the length of treatment is subject to change based on unforeseen circumstances and developing events. It is part of your therapist’s job to provide ongoing updates about the length and type of treatment they administer.

Is therapy covered by my insurance?

Insurance plans will vary in the type and amount of mental health coverage that they provide. The most widely covered mental health services by insurance providers are psychological services. Because psychotherapy and social work are newer fields, fewer plans will cover social work and psychotherapeutic services. If a psychotherapist or social worker is supervised by a psychologist, however, your insurance plan may cover them under psychological services.

It's always good to check with your service provider and see what kind and how much coverage is allotted to mental health services.

Is therapy covered by OHIP?

Some mental health professionals are covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).

Psychiatrists and family doctors that practice psychotherapy are fully covered under OHIP, meaning they will not cost you any out-of-pocket fees. Some psychologists and social workers working out of hospitals, or government funded clinics and agencies also offer OHIP covered therapeutic services.

It is important to note that wait times for OHIP covered mental healthcare professionals may be long. Additionally, for psychiatrists, a referral from a general physician may be necessary.

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