Your mind is probably racing with many questions, and that’s ok. You are not alone.
Does my child/teen need a referral to see Dr. Jennie?
A referral from your family doctor is not required. Many clients refer their child or teen themselves. Quite often though, others involved with your child/teen (eg., a teacher, speech and language pathologist, developmental pediatrician) will recommend a psychologist.
Do you direct bill insurance?
No, we do not offer direct billing at this time. We can, however, provide receipts for reimbursement of services.
What will my first visit with Dr. Jennie be like?
You and your child/teens first visit with Dr. Jennie will be an opportunity to get to know each other. Dr. Jennie may speak with you and your child/teen one on one or as a group. Once the concerns have been identified and you all have determined the relationship is a good fit, Dr. Jennie will begin the process through an assessment, or creating a customized treatment plan.
What is an assessment?
An assessment is a thorough evaluation of how your child/teen thinks, learns, feels and behaves. Dr. Jennie will work your child or teen through a set of activities, which may include interviews, observations, and others such as puzzles, drawings and games. Dr. Jennie will also take the time to chat with you alone. Through these variety of tasks, Dr. Jennie will be able to obtain a comprehensive snapshot of how your child or teen functions.
Do I need to go into the session with my child/teen?
That is completely up to you and your child/teen. At times Dr. Jennie may want you present in the session, other times your child/teen wish for you to attend. Dr. Jennie does request that parents be available during treatment, so that she can check in with you about how things are progressing at home and discuss any changes that need to be made.
What is the difference between a Psychologist, Psychiatrist and Counsellor?
Many individuals provide therapy and treatment, however, the main difference in their titles lie within their education.
Psychologists and Psychiatrists go through many years of extensive formal training and are regulated under the Health Professions Act. Through this act, they are required by law to deliver professional services competently and ethically.
Psychologists have completed a bachelor’s degree and continued in graduate training in psychology. Although they may have training in the use of medication, Psychologists are unable to prescribe medication. The only professionals specifically trained and qualified in the development, research and administration of psychological tests used to assess concerns, Psychologists work to help people understand the nature of the difficulties of their concerns and provide the tools, skills and insight to minimize and manage the impact of these concerns.
Just like your family doctor, psychiatrists have a degree in medicine along with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional and behavioral concerns.
Counsellors may come from a variety of backgrounds and some may even have a masters or doctoral degree from counselling programs, however, may not have training in the assessment or treatment in mental, emotional and developmental concerns. Counsellors are not regulated under the Health Professions Act.
I’m not sure my child/teen needs to see a psychologist. How can I tell?
Dr. Jennie would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have with your child or teen. If you are unsure what your next step to take is, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Jennie for a chat to determine if her service is right for you and your family.
Do you see Adult Patients?
Yes, many of our children / teens continue to see us into their adult years. Our patients typically range from 4 years of age to 25 years of age.
Do you have a question for Dr. Jennie?
You don’t have to feel alone. Dr. Jennie will be happy to help provide clarity to any questions you may have. Fill out the form below and she will get back to you shortly. Your personal information and question will be kept confidential according to Dr. Jennie's policies and practices.