About

Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment.
― Brené Brown

Eva Watson is a registered social worker in excellent standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers ( OCSWSSW). Drawing on over 30 years of experience and training, she likes to incorporate a number of elements from various evidence based therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Focusing, Solutions Focused Brief Therapy and Mindfulness. All of her clients come with their own strengths and needs, therefore they can expect the treatment to be customized in order to fit their unique situation. Eva’s philosophy is strength based and holistic. She is gentle and respectful, yet direct, practical and solution-centred.

Therapy sessions are available in-person in Bracebridge and Aurora or available via Skype.

Safety

Talking about something personal or painful can feel scary and vulnerable. Eva believes that taking the first step to attend counselling is an act of courage and strength. Her clients can expect a caring and nonjudgmental approach which allows her clients to be seen, heard and valued.

Both offices are located in homes to foster a welcoming environment that has consistently proven to be comforting to clients.

Collaboration

The work that Eva and her clients do together is directed by goals established by the client. Therefore, her role is to provide support, practical feedback and tools that empower them to identify and meet those goals.

What to Expect

It can be a little daunting to make the decision to ask for counselling and not know what to expect. Talking to someone you don’t know, and often about things you have never shared can feel risky and vulnerable. It takes courage and a leap of faith to engage in this first step and Eva honours that. Her focus is to make you feel as safe and comfortable with the process as possible, and by being open, caring and non judgemental, this will allow you to feel respected, heard and valued.

Although there are two small dogs in the Bracebridge office that will welcome your arrival, please know that arrangements can be made to have them out of the room during your session.

First Session

In your first session, Eva will ask you questions about you and your life. These questions may include:

Why are you seeking counselling? What is your objective?
What is your history?
What is your current situation?
What are your current physical and emotional symptoms?
Are there any foreseeable barriers to attending counselling such as time, finances, transportation etc.
Do you have a support network, and if so please describe.

You are guaranteed to be met with compassion and non judgement. This is your time. These questions will be explored together in order to ascertain whether or not you can work together and to begin to formulate a plan and some goals so that the best possible support can be provided to you. As therapy is a partnership, it is important that there be some discussion about any roadblocks you may be experiencing (financial, time scheduling) and to let Eva know if things aren’t progressing for you in a manner that feels right for you.

Confidentiality

Your confidentiality is extremely important. Information you share will not be shared directly or indirectly with anyone without your informed and written consent. Duty to Report legislation exists for all regulated health professionals should you disclose an intention to harm yourself or others.

Email exchanges are not secure. There are too many technological variables not within Eva’s control. Please consider this when emailing about a sensitive issue.

 

Fees

Choosing the right therapist is a big decision. In order to see if it is the right fit, Eva offers a brief free initial phone consultation to give potential clients a sense of what to expect from therapy. This allows her to determine whether their needs fall within her areas of expertise.

Eva’s fees are based upon the fee guidelines of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. During the initial phone conversation, there will be discussion about the fee and how to make an appointment for the first therapy session. Payment is by cash, cheque or etransfer .

Insurance

The majority of extended health benefits and insurance programs provide coverage for registered social workers, or psychologists. As policies vary, please check to see if the insurance provider covers social work. Receipts are provided upon payment.

Policies

  • Individual and family sessions are 50 minutes in length
  • longer sessions may be arranged, if needed, in advance and fee will be adjusted accordingly
  • 24 hours notice is required for cancellations. Otherwise ( unless it is an emergency) the full fee will be billed
  • telephone or Skype sessions are billed at regular fee
  • Short phone calls  or emails will be accepted, however if you are in an emergency situation, please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Dept.