Dr. Kathy McDermott   Clinical Psychologist

You may be in crisis and your distress is compelling you to seek help or, perhaps, you want to explore long-standing issues and/or problematic relationships, etc. Typically, you have a blend of immediate issues that need addressing and long-standing issues that are rooted in historical pain.

In my therapeutic work, I try to gain a well-rounded understanding of you: what’s important to you (what you value), the person you are and the one you may want to be. At the same time, I will try to address your immediate concerns and those that arise along the way.

Throughout treatment you will determine whether you want to focus on specific issues and take action or whether you want to explore what you have experienced in life and how it is currently impacting your thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

Throughout our collaboration, I will make every effort to provide a safe and comfortable space for you to share your thoughts and experiences. One where unhelpful judgment is suspended. I will also encourage you to reflect critically on our work together. I need to hear your reactions for our working alliance to strengthen. In short, I need you to feel comfortable in telling me when you think you have been misunderstood or misinterpreted within the session. I need for you to feel comfortable in providing feedback about what is working for you and what is not.

I want to reiterate something I have said at the outset: Regardless of your decision to enter therapy or not, my hope for you is that you treat yourself with compassion, as you would a good friend. Be kind, forgiving and nurturing toward yourself. Keep reminding yourself to do this, especially when you are feeling down and overwhelmed, as it will give you some peace on which you can begin to make changes.

Lighthouse
Fee Schedule
  • Free 20 minute consult
  • Individual therapy sessions are $190 per 50-minute session, to be paid at the time of service.
  • Assessment fees are $225 per hour. Assessment appointments vary in length depending on the scope. Fees for assessments are based on in-session interview and history-taking, test scoring and interpretation, report writing, and a feedback session at which results are presented.
  • Fees are accepted by eTransfer at present.
  • Receipts are provided upon completion of payment. Please retain all receipts for insurance or income tax purposes.
Cancellation Policy

A minimum of 24 hours notice is required to reschedule or cancel an appointment. The full fee will be required for sessions missed without at least 24 hours notice. ​

Insurance Coverage

Psychological services are not covered by OHIP. However, as a registered psychologist my services are covered by most extended health benefit insurance plans. Please check your insurance plan regarding coverage and claim procedures (e.g., whether or not a letter or referral from your physician is required, details required on receipts, amount per person per calendar year). I do not provide direct billing. 

Privacy and Confidentiality

The practice of psychology in Ontario is regulated under the provincial Regulated Health Professions Act. As such, all identifiable information collected by a psychologist during their practice is considered “personal health information” under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA). This includes your name and contact information, as well as information collected/recorded during provision of services to you.

By law and in accordance with professional standards, I am required to keep a record of all contacts with and services provided to you. You have rights regarding access to your record and regarding disclosure of information from your record regardless of the form in which the information is recorded.

​On occasion I may communicate with you via email or telephone if you have given me consent to do so, and such communication becomes part of your personal health information record. Email and phone contact are not secure means of communication, so I will avoid communication that involves your personal health information unless you request that such information be part of such communication.