FAQs | Lydia Charak Psychotherapy - Toronto, ON Canada
Due to the COVID-19 physical distancing requirements, only online or phone sessions are offered at this time. Let’s do our part to help flatten the curve.

Rates & details

Individual therapy
Adults: $150 + HST / 60 minutes.
Students (with valid student ID number): $125 + HST / 60 minutes
There will be modest fees increases on an annual basis. Plenty of notice will be given to avoid any surprises.

Individual therapy - house calls
Sessions cost $200 for 60 minutes in your home.

Group therapy
Pricing is determined by size and scope of the sessions.

End of life legacy work
Pricing is based on the complexity of the project.

Payment options
Payments can be made by e-transfers, cheques, cash or credit card and we’ll save a couple of minutes at the end of each session to take care of business.

Cancellations
I understand that life can get in the way sometimes and unforeseen emergencies can occur. Should you need to cancel any appointment please provide a minimum of 24-hour notice to avoid being charged the full session rate.

Frequency
Typically, sessions last 1 to 1.5 hours though some clients prefer a 2-hour visit. Many clients get the most out of therapy when they come on a weekly schedule and after they have met some of their therapy goals, switch to every two weeks. Others prefer a bi-weekly routine to begin due to a myriad of reasons and that’s totally ok as well. I’m also open to client’s who, once they feel well and back to feeling like themselves, decide to come once a month for maintenance and a check in. My door is always open.

How long will therapy take
I like to work with you until you feel you don’t need me anymore. It is my policy to regularly check in with my clients to ensure we are on track and progressing and not prolonging services when they are no longer required.

Health insurance coverage
OHIP does not cover psychotherapy at this point in time but many insurance providers do. Please check your company or private insurance plan for details. I will provide receipts for you to submit to your insurance company for compensation should you wish. I am also pleased to mention that registered psychotherapist fees are tax deductible in Ontario for the purposes of the Medical Tax Credit. Please talk to your accountant or go online to the Canada Revue website to read more about it.

What the phone consultation includes
During the consultation, we will spend some time getting to know each other a little bit. We’ll discuss what my professional approach is as well as your circumstances, concerns and therapy goals. If anything needs to be clarified further, we can discuss it during your first appointment — should you wish to book one. This call should only take about ½ hour and is free of charge. After an appointment time is confirmed, paperwork and/or forms will be emailed to you to fill out in preparation for our first meeting.

Online Portal
Existing clients have the flexibility to go online to book, reschedule and cancel appointments. Clients will be issued secure log-in credentials and an online booking URL and will be able to update their password using the “Forgot Your Password?” button on the main log in screen.

Hours, location & contact info

Hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays (9AM-5PM)
Thursdays (9AM-7PM)
Saturdays (Limited availability) (9AM-4PM)

Location:
I work in my home office located in the east end of Toronto, ON Canada and walking distance from Donlands subway. The closest major intersection is Greenwood & Danforth Avenues and there is ample free parking on the street. A precise address will be sent to you at time of booking.

I also offer house call visits for those who may need or wish for this service.

Contact:
Email: Click on the Email me button below. Email is a non-secure platform and used for queires, admin and scheduling primarily.
Secure contact form: Click on the Secure contact form button below.
Phone:
416-595-9555
Fax: 833-355-5042

I will reply within 24-48 hours regardless of how you choose to contact me.
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Therapy space

My therapy space is located in an office in my home. It is warm and inviting and clients remark on how they feel more comfortable in a place that doesn’t feel clinical. As an added bonus, the birds outside keep us company with their happy chatter. The space is not wheelchair accessible as there are steps both outside and in, so please keep that in mind if mobility is an issue for you. When you arrive for a session just ring the doorbell and I’ll be right with you.
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Credentials

RP – Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO)
MA – Expressive Arts Therapy – (EGS)
BSc – Psychology & Criminology (UofT)
BAA – Media Arts (Ryerson University)
CIP – Certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner

Professional affiliations

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In order to keep my knowledge base current and relevant, I am committed to ongoing education in the latest therapeutic methods and mental health issues.