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Individual Pay-What-You-Can Therapy

Perinatal Wellbeing Ontario is committed to offering barrier-free access to individual therapy services. Individual therapy sessions are available on a pay-what-you-can basis. Please select the fee level that best matches your financial reality:

$25

This fee might be right for you if:

  • You are able to meet basic needs (e.g. food, housing, clothing, transportation), but have little-to-no expendable income for extras (e.g. entertainment, eating out, etc.).

  • Paying for therapy will likely involve making some sacrifices, but will not create hardship.

$50

This fee might be right for you if:

  • You are able to meet your household’s basic needs and have some expendable income for extras. 

  • Paying for therapy can be added to your budget with limited sacrifices.

$75 (Full fee)

This fee might be right for you if:

  • You are able to meet your household’s basic needs and have expendable income for extras.

  • You have access to private health insurance benefits for mental health services (Note: Receipts for therapy services will be issued under the name of a registered social worker.)

$100 (Pay-it-forward)

This fee might be right for you if:

  • You are in a position to pay for the cost of your care and help to expand access to support for your fellow community members. (Thank you!)

 

*** We do not want fees to be a barrier to accessing therapy support. We have fully-funded spaces available if you are unable to pay any fees at this time. ***

 

PWO is grateful to Alexis J. Cunningfolk (www.wortsandcunning.com) for their thoughtful approach to using sliding scale fees as a social justice tool. Our pay-what-you-can model draws inspiration from this work.

From May to December 2023 we have six amazing students from Yorkville University who are offering pay-what-you-can ($25, $50 or $75) online therapy for all people in Ontario. You can click on their names to book a free meet and greet phone call. 

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Aliza Epstein (she/her)

 

Aliza is completing her master’s in counselling psychology at Yorkville University. She frequently experienced people unexpectedly opening up to her about their struggles which sparked her interest in pursuing a career as a therapist. 

Aliza developed a special passion for perinatal mental health after becoming a mother. She had her first baby halfway through university which she feels changed her forever. Although her baby was born healthy, Aliza suffered two early miscarriages in addition to a hematoma, all of which escalated her anxiety surrounding pregnancy and parenthood. Her baby also had a severe tongue-tie that made navigating feeding him very overwhelming. 

Aliza noticed many aspects of fertility and parenting are not openly discussed, such as losses, anxiety, depression, body-feeding pressure, unwanted criticism, etc. Aliza works to support people facing all of those challenges so they have the awareness and tools to cope with them. As a therapist, Aliza strives to create a warm, empathetic, and caring atmosphere where clients feel heard, validated, and empowered. You can email Aliza at alizaepst@protonmail.com.

Book directly here.

 

Chrissy Nizic (she/her)

 

I am an RP-Q and a MACP Student completing my practicum at Perinatal Wellbeing Ontario. I have a keen interest in perinatal well-being, supporting parents, and working with children and youth. I am an LGBTQ+ ally and an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and authenticity. I identify as part of the neurodivergent community. I use person-centered and culturally affirming frameworks to support intersectionality, and empowerment, and to celebrate uniqueness. I also understand the complicated relationships with our own caregivers that shape our experiences.

I am a proud mama of two. On my journey, I experienced a miscarriage, struggled with mental health, and felt unsupported postpartum. I understand the dysregulation, the overwhelm, the guilt, the sleeplessness, the devotion, and the bond. I wholeheartedly understand the therapeutic impact of connection and support, especially during the perinatal stage. I encourage therapeutic change through compassion-based, relational-based, and IFS (parts work) therapies. 

I am grateful to support therapeutic healing alongside the team at PWO! You can email me at chrissy.nizic@proton.me.

Book directly here.

 

 

 

 

Ruth Godoy (she/her)

As a mom of two girls, a prenatal genetic counsellor, and a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), I know that being a parent is one of the most challenging and life-changing experiences ever. You are trying to keep your family together while balancing relationships, work and household responsibilities, and your rapidly changing sense of self. The challenges can be exacerbated to the next level if you also experienced a high-risk pregnancy, pregnancy loss, birth trauma, medical complications, or struggled to become a parent. 

I have undergone specialized training in perinatal mental health and perinatal grief and loss. My 10+ years of experience as a prenatal genetic counsellor, where I have worked with the best at Mt. Sinai Hospital in downtown Toronto, also comes in handy. I have endured and healed from postpartum mental health challenges, especially with my first daughter, born at the beginning of the pandemic. I believe in an open, respectful, non-judgemental therapeutic space. Just come as you are and breathe. 

Please email me to book a consultation or ask me about booking a session at ruth@ruthgodoy.com

 

Professional Titles:

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) (#13653)

Canadian and American Board Certified Genetic Counsellor

Education:

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (Yorkville University, 2020-Dec 2023 ** Practicum Semester)

Master of Human Genetics/Genetic Counselling (Sarah Lawrence College, 2009-2011)

Certificates:

Perinatal Mental Health and Perinatal Grief and Loss Certificates (Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Trainings)

Upcoming Skills Upgrade: EMDR Therapy Basic Training in June-July 2023

Languages:

English & Spanish

Book directly here.

Melissa Lindsay (she/her)

 

Hi!  I am Melissa Lindsay (she/her), Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), thrilled to be completing a Practicum Placement with Perinatal Wellbeing Ontario this year.  I am grateful to have the privilege of working with perinatal populations (those trying to get pregnant, currently pregnant, or postpartum) as I truly feel the journey into parenthood requires a community. 

 

Before embarking on a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology, I spent a lot of time working on mountains and rivers and with babies, kids and teens.  But, my fascination with how humans connect and communicate, where we come from, where we choose to go and how we best support each other pulled me to the field of mental health. 

 

My intention to focus on youth mental health shifted, when I had my own personal battle with postpartum anxiety.  That experience not only rocked my boat, but opened my eyes to the limited options for birthing parents in Ontario.  My recovery left me both grateful for the support I did receive, but eager to increase and improve perinatal mental health opportunities.

 

Aside from connecting with others, I have a passion for the outdoors, art, journaling and music.  My personal mental health tools include mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), which are themes I will bring into our work together, if they also suit you.  I look forward to collaborating and developing strategies with you, as we strengthen your mental health toolbox. 

 

Please connect with me via email at melissa@clear-connections.ca and know that it may take 24 hours for me to respond. 

Book directly here.

Kate Love (she/her)

 

Hi, I am Kate Love. Motherhood rocked my world. From the moment I found out I was entering motherhood, I began to navigate change and loss. As a mother-to-be of two at once, my expectations of “how things would go” went out the window. At the same time, I navigated the devastation of losing my own mother. I both created and lost my family at the same time. I had to hold multiple feelings and experiences at once. I know this is a common and tricky experience in parenthood that I continue to juggle. 

 

In my practice, I want to support other parents riding the roller coaster of parenthood, including fertility, navigating pregnancy loss and a wide range of other experiences. My mom called these the “vicissitudes of life.” I have a special interest in providing support around grief and loss and exploring all the ways those themes show up during the perinatal, postnatal period and beyond. 

 

My therapy practice is eclectic, person-centred, trauma-informed, and adapted to meet each of my client's individual needs. My goal is to provide support, bear witness and create spaces for clients to process the messiness of being human.

 

Please reach out to book a session with me: contact.katelove@gmail.com

Book directly here.

Rajvinder Kaur (she/they)

 

Hi! I’m Rajvinder (she/they) and am honoured for the opportunity to work with you as you navigate this period of personal exploration and growth. As a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), my approach is non-authoritarian, relational, and casual; you are the expert on yourself, and I trust you have the innate strength and resources to create the life you want. This comes from a lifetime of witnessing strength and resilience through countless unexpected life challenges. 

My transition to parenthood was one of the hardest times of my life and inspired me to become a midwife. I have always valued holistic care and hoped to contribute to a gentler transition for families. I pivoted to study psychotherapy after developing a disabling health condition, guided by my commitment to holistic healthcare. 

As a BIPOC cis-presenting woman who has navigated the bicultural experience as a child of immigrants and identity issues related to personal growth, changing roles, and life circumstances, I understand how overwhelming it can be to manage the different thoughts and emotions that come up. My aim is to create a brave space where you feel comfortable being vulnerable and exploring all the different parts of yourself. 

Please email me to book a consultation or ask me about booking a session at hello@rajvinderkaur.ca

Book directly here.

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