How We Can Help - Psychiatric Services
My practice includes a collaborative partnership with Psychotherapy Matters Virtual Clinic (PMVC)—a virtual platform that connects therapists and their clients to psychiatrists, making the journey towards recovery less stressful. Psychiatrists are medical doctors that prescribe medication and offer a psychiatric diagnosis. Throughout the process and during these psychiatric consultations, I as your therapist is always present to help you feel comfortable and contribute to the doctor’s evaluation if required. Most clients wait 6-18 months for a psychiatric consult. Because I collaborate with Psychotherapy Matters, your wait is significantly reduced to 6 to 8 weeks. These consultations come with the added convenience of meeting the psychiatrist virtually while in your therapist’s office or your own home. These psychiatric services are covered under OHIP - so there is no fee for to you for this service when you are a client at Insight-Online.
Please Watch this video for more Information on the Diagnostic Process
How Insight-Online Collaborates with Psychotherapy Matters Virtual Clinic (PMVC) for Psychiatric Support
If you are looking for a mental health assessment or diagnosis or wondering whether medication might be helpful on your healing journey, Insight-Online can connect you to psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners who can collaboratively support you alongside your psychotherapy/counselling sessions. If you are currently taking medication, or considering it, research suggests that any time medications are prescribed for mental health issues, psychotherapy should also be part of a holistic mental health care treatment plan.
Here are some of the most common issues we see at Insight-Online:
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD; for individuals over 16 only)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety/Illness Anxiety
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Eating Disorders and Body Image Issues
Depression, Bipolar and other mood disorders
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Other mental health issues
If you feel you might benefit from diagnostic support and/or medication, the diagram below briefly outlines the next steps in the process. I will support you along the way and also attend your psychiatric appointments so the process is collaborative and a strong circle of care is created for you.
FAQs About PMVC
Do I need to see a psychiatrist?
If you are interested in meeting with a medically trained mental health professional who can explore your psychological and physical well-being, you may benefit from seeing a psychiatrist. This can include a formal diagnosis or medication recommendations/changes.
How do I book with a psychiatrist?
Please let your therapist know if you’re interested in seeing a psychiatrist. Consultations can be booked after your second psychotherapy session. You will get a referral form to give to your family doctor. Once the family doctor has faxed the referral form to Psychotherapy Matters, your therapist can book your appointment!
Do I have to pay extra for a psychiatric consultation?
No! The consultations take place with both your therapist, and the psychiatrist. The therapist’s regular fees may apply. The doctor’s time is covered by OHIP.
How long are psychiatric appointments?
The first consultation is usually 90 minutes long. Follow-ups are 20 minutes long so they can take place during a regular psychotherapy session.