Wendy E Paterson, Psychotherapy Services
Registered Psychotherapist, Psychoanalyst

Frequently asked questions


The fees for psychotherapy services are not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).  Coverage is provided by many private health insurance plans.  Some insurance companies cover Registered Psychotherapists directly.  Other plans require that I work under the supervision of a licensed psychologist which I do in this circumstance.  I will provide the appropriate receipt for you to be reimbursed by your plan. My fees are consistent with what members of the College of Registered Psychotherapist charge.    

My fee covers a 50 minute session of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, or consultation. 

Appointments that are missed or cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be billed. 

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    How do I choose a psychotherapist?
    Psychotherapy is a co-created process. Each therapist-patient relationship is unique. I believe we are looking for a good fit. It is important that you feel that I have understood your concerns and that I have responded in a way that feels respectful. It is natural to be nervous when we meet, however this feeling should ease if we have made a good connection.
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    How many psychotherapy sessions will I need?
    I don't know exactly. If you have constraints around time, location or finances, I will do my best to work within these limits in a way that respects our respective needs and interests. The number of sessions varies greatly according to individual needs, resources and preferences. The number of sessions will be mutually agreed upon; negotiated and renegotiated as needed.
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    What can I expect in a typical psychotherapy session?
    You can expect that I will listen to your feelings and experiences attentively, that I will respond respectfully with an intention to understand from your point of view. I may ask questions or share thoughts of my own. I do not have a structured format. The process is different in each relationship. We will talk about our experience of therapeutic process as it unfolds.