Frequently asked questions

Q: What can I expect from a session with Dr. Spletzer?

A: During the initial session(s), I gather information from the patient (e.g. what brings you to counselling, how long have you been dealing with the issue, what contributes to the problem, etc.) and work towards developing a trusting relationship. Subsequent sessions focus on helping the individual gain a better understanding of their emotional and behavioural patterns and developing problem-solving strategies.

Q: What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?

A: Psychologists in clinical practice have a graduate degree (either masters or doctorate) in clinical or counselling psychology. Psychiatrists have a medical degree, and as such, are able to prescribe medication.

Q: Are your services covered by extended health benefits?

A: Most extended health benefits have some coverage for treatment by a Registered Psychologist.

Q: Do you have weekend or evening appointments?

A: I am available some evenings. Please contact me for days and times.

Q: How long and how often are the sessions? How many sessions are required?

A: Sessions are 50 minutes long. Sessions can be scheduled weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, depending on the reason for therapy. Duration of therapy is individual. A number of factors should be considered:
1.The presenting issue.

2.Your expectations.

3.The type of work you want to do (i.e. coping strategies or in-depth exploration).

4.How long you have been dealing with the problem.

Q: Do you work with children?

A: When working with young children, I work either just with the parent, to develop parenting strategies to help their child, or I see the parent and child together. When I am working with adolescents, depending on the presenting concern, I may see the adolescent individually, with parent(s), or see the child and parent each individually.

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