FAQs

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WHAT IS SEX THERAPY?

Sex therapy involves a wide range of therapeutic processes and exercises that are designed to initiate, restore, and/or enrich one’s personal sexuality, as well as the sexual components of intimate couple relationships. Sex therapy involves discussion of sexual, emotional, physical, and relationship issues in a safe and supportive environment, with a specially trained professional who is knowledgeable about and comfortable with the topic of human sexuality. Sex therapy is very different from sex surrogacy. In sex therapy, you will never be asked to do anything sexual with or in the presence of your therapist and you will be fully clothed at all times. For more information regarding what happens in sex therapy, the qualifications of a certified sex therapist, and the types of issues addressed in sex therapy, please visit the website of the Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESCO)

WHAT IS COUPLE THERAPY?

Couple therapy involves both partners sitting down with a trained professional in a safe and supportive environment to discuss their thoughts, feelings, concerns, and hopes for how they would like their relationship to change. The therapist helps the couple to identify, clarify and develop a deeper understanding of the problem areas, and the couple works collaboratively with the therapist to attempt to resolve these issues.

WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, PSYCHOTHERAPY, AND COUPLE AND SEX THERAPY?

Occupational therapy is a regulated health profession that empowers people to overcome barriers and reach their full potential. Occupational therapists (OTs) are uniquely trained to address the physical, psychological, social, environmental, and spiritual aspects of illness, impairment, and problems that impact on a person’s ability to participate in meaningful occupations. The term “occupation” refers to all of the day-to-day activities that individuals do that have significance and value to them, including those of self-care, leisure, and productivity. OTs practice a philosophy of client-centred care—They focus on the “whole person” to help clients to engage in meaningful activities and roles, and to live more fulfilling lives.
 
As a Registered Occupational Therapist, the above philosophy informs all aspects of Kelli’s work with individuals and couples. She views sexuality as fundamental to the human experience, and she helps clients to resume full and satisfying sexual expression and relationships.
 
In addition to being a Registered Occupational Therapist, Kelli is also a Registered Psychotherapist, a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Registered Sex Therapist.  Her occupational therapy professional education and experience, coupled with her specific training and certification in psychotherapy, sex therapy, and couple and family therapy uniquely equips her to provide a comprehensive approach to working therapeutically with her clients.

HOW FREQUENTLY DO CLIENTS COME FOR SESSIONS?

Clients generally come for sessions on a weekly basis or every second week. Most appointments are “standing” appointments (i.e. same day and time for each session). Over time, clients may choose to taper down the frequency of their sessions.

WHAT IS THE TYPICAL DURATION OF THERAPY?

It is difficult to say for certain how many sessions you will need or how long therapy might take. The duration of therapy varies considerably between clients and depends on the frequency of sessions and the particular issues that are being worked on. Some clients will do a fairly brief course of therapy, while others will need more long-term intervention and support. 

WHAT IS YOUR FEE AND METHOD OF PAYMENT?

The fee is $150 per 50-minute session. Payment is made at the end of each session by cheque, cash, or email transfer.

ARE YOUR SERVICES COVERED BY OHIP?

No. The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) generally does not cover private psychotherapy services provided by non-MD practitioners. However, some clients may have coverage for their sessions through their extended health insurance benefits. If you have an insurance benefit plan, you can check with your insurance carrier to determine if your therapy may be partially or fully covered under your particular plan.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

Clients may cancel their sessions without a cancellation fee with a minimum of 24 hours notice. If a client misses a scheduled session or provides less than 24 hours notice of a cancellation, they will be invoiced for the full session fee.

HOW DO I SET UP AN INITIAL APPOINTMENT?

You may set up an initial appointment by phone: 416-844-9784 or email: kelli@kelliyoungtherapy.com. The wait time to be seen for an initial appointment is variable, however, every effort is made to book these appointments within 2-3 weeks.