social workers in ontario are regulated by the ontario college of social workers and social service workers (ocswssw)
social workers are authorized to provide the controlled act of psychotherapy
theories & approaches
if there is a particular therapy or approach you’re interested in, or if you would like to know more about my experience with an issue of concern to you, please feel free to contact me.
technology enhanced counselling & psychotherapy
when a therapist relies on “communication technologies” to engage with clients in the therapeutic process, it is considered a technology enhanced practice
communication technologies may include
- telephone, voiceover internet protocol (voip) and text message
- email or direct message
- video conference
- other formats that may be a variation of any of these, or something entirely new
there are organizations that have provided online services exclusively for more than 20 years. additionally, covid19 has had a significant impact on how counselling and psychotherapy services are delivered, with many groups, organizations and individuals making the leap (successfully) to providing technology enhanced services.
from the comfort of home
virtual visits may benefit individuals who prefer to be in the comfort of their own home, or those with busy schedules.
multitudes of software
sessions may use zoom, facebook, messenger, skype, email, telephone and/or text messaging, or other internet applications.
feel secure knowing that if a session is disconnected due to technical problems and cannot be reconnected, the session will be rescheduled at no additional charge.
why choose northern cardinal?
only social workers who belong to their regulatory college are entitled to use the term social worker or registered social worker. the regulatory college (in my case, ocswssw) exists to protect the public and to ensure that all members practice in an ethical way. registered social workers have specialized university education (typically four to five years) and are required to participate in continuing education. membership in the regulatory college may be confirmed by searching the online register below.
a word about insurance coverage
fees for social workers in private practice (like me) are not covered by OHIP. they may be covered, however, under a private health plan or an employee group benefits plan. moreover, counselling services provided by registered social workers (rsw), like me, can be claimed as a medical expense tax deduction when you file your income tax return.
moreover, i am registered for direct billing with:
- medavie blue cross (for members of the canadian armed forces, blue cross and veterans affairs canada)
- non-insured health benefits (for first nations and inuit clients)
- providerconnect (for members with greenshield, etc)
i would be happy to connect with your private insurance provider, with your consent, to inquire about direct billing
i’m ready to get in touch
no issue is too big to overcome. reach out to me today.