Services for Teens
At McLean Noble Psychologists, we do not believe teenagers are messed up, clueless or self-absorbed narcissists.
The reality is, teens are caught between childhood and adulthood — and that can be really tough, not just for them, but for everyone involved! Recognizing ways our teens can be thoughtful, creative, intelligent, and hard-working can help parents stay connected and communicate care.
Most teens are trying their best to make it through school and roll with how their bodies and minds are changing. Most of us make it through this rocky stage with little difficulty, but some of us need a bit more help when life hits hard.
Depression or Low Self Esteem
Making & Keeping Friends
Identity, Gender & Sexuality
Gaming and Social Media Issues
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Questions about therapy are perfectly normal. Browse these answers to questions our clients ask us most often. If you are looking for an answer that isn’t here, please reach out to us or book a consultation. We are here to help.
Psychotherapy with a Registered Psychologist or Registered Psychotherapist is most easily described as “talk therapy”. It involves open communication between therapist and client mutually working together.
Through psychotherapy sessions one can come to:
- understand oneself better,
- reduce symptoms of distress,
- learn healthy ways of coping, and
- improve communication in relationships.
Psychotherapy is a proven alternative to, or in combination with medication treatment for anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions.
At McLean Noble Psychologists, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a primary approach. However, other therapeutic approaches are often integrated according to the client’s needs. Other approaches include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
A Psychiatrist is first trained as a physician, then completes specialized training in psychiatry. They can diagnose and treat mental health problems, with an emphasis on medication. They are licensed with the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons.
A Psychologist and a Psychological Associate are licensed to provided psychological services by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Psychologists have completed a Ph.D. or Psy.D. (doctorate) in clinical psychology and have completed a year-long internship before beginning their registration process with the College.
Psychological Associates have a Master’s degree in clinical or counselling psychology, and go through the same supervised practice and registration process as Psychologists.
A Registered Psychotherapist is licensed through the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario, which ensures they have enough training to provide the “controlled act” of psychotherapy. Psychotherapists usually have a Master’s degree in psychology.
Most extended health care insurance plans have some coverage for you to see Psychologists and Psychological Associates. Some of these insurance companies cover Registered Psychotherapists. Check with your health insurance provider for details.
No, you do not need a referral from your family doctor to book an appointment with us.
In some cases, your extended health insurance plan may require a referral from your family doctor, but many do not. It may be wise to check first.
We do like to connect with your family doctor. At your first appointment you will be asked if we can send a basic letter to them outlining your contact with us. If you choose to give consent, we will connect with them.
Fees range from $150 to $225 a session, and sessions are 50-60 minutes in length.
Fees are considered a medical expense by Revenue Canada, and some people qualify for a Medical Expense Tax Credit.
We can also work within what your budget allows and space your appointments out as needed. Keep in mind, receiving help to get and stay healthy may be the best money you’ve ever spent.
We are not a crisis or emergency service. It may take too long for an urgent message to get through to us.
If you are suicidal you need to call 911 or proceed to your local emergency department. Hospitals have mental health crisis teams working out of their emergency departments and are best equipped to help you.
You can also contact the mental health distress line for York Region at 1-855-310-COPE (2673), or any of the numbers below.
Please feel free to leave a message for your clinician if you would like a call and they will follow-up with you-but this is not emergency or crisis care.
- Connex Ontario Mental Health Helpline:
1-866-531-2600 (24 hours, 7 days a week)
- York Support Services Network (YSSN) Community Crisis Response Service:
1-855-310-COPE (2673) (24 hours, 7 days a week)
- The Markham Stouffville Hospital Crisis Team:
Emergency Department, 1-905-472-7111
- Kid’s Helpline:
1-800-668-6868 text 686868