Your First Appointment with

Dr. Monica Vermani Psychological Services

Most people are nervous at their first appointment. This is perfectly normal and to be expected. Once we meet and settle into a conversation, your nerves will calm and you will feel more comfortable. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect.

 

Prior to your first session…

You will be asked to complete a contact information sheet, and a consent form outlining confidentiality/office policies, and you’ll receive a comprehensive information package outlining my full range of services, and my office policies.

 

Your first session…

I will begin your first session with a brief introduction, and answer any questions you may have regarding confidentiality, our office policies or my treatment approaches. Next, I will ask you some questions about yourself and your life… information that will help me make an initial assessment of your situation and understand you better.

 

Typically, these questions will explore why you are seeking therapy at this point in time, your personal history, current situation and symptoms. We’ll talk about where, ideally, you would like to be in life, in terms of your work, social, intimacy, self-care and spirituality.

 

Sessions are typically 50 minutes.

 

Moving forward, my goal then is to alleviate symptoms you are suffering from by devising a multifaceted treatment plan to teach and enhance skills to live the ideal life you want, and bridge the gap between where you are and where you would like to be.

 

At the end of this session we will discuss next steps for you. Together, we will determine the frequency of our contact/appointments.

 

Should you decide, at any point in the course of our work together, that my therapy style does not fit your needs and or goals, I will be happy to discuss this with you and provide referrals to other treatment resources that may be a better fit to suit your needs.

Fees

Dr. Vermani’s fees are in line with what has been recommended by the College of Psychologists of Ontario and the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA). Depending on the service type and duration, fees may vary. Most private health insurance plans provide some/full coverage.

 

As with most professional health services in Ontario, psychologist expenses qualify as a deductible medical tax credit.

 

We accept payments via cheque,* credit card (Visa, MasterCard), debit card and e-transfers. *(During COVID we are unable to accept payments by cheque.)

 

Sessions are typically 50 minutes.