Services

What is Therapy/Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a general term used to describe the process of treating psychological problems and mental distress.  The key to successful therapy is finding the right therapist for you, someone you can trust and open up with.

Within the therapeutic relationship Dr. Wallis uses a variety of therapy approaches (e.g., psychodynamic, cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, relational therapy, person-centered therapy) to help clients tackle specific and more general problems.  Whatever the technique or clinical approach, psychotherapy is not a magical cure; it is a process to help you find the capacity for improvement within yourself.

Dr. Wallis encourages potential clients to ask questions about her work, her training, and her approach to ensure a good fit.

Please call 416-889-0242 or email Delia to book.

Adult Therapy

People come to individual psychotherapy for many reasons, such as emotional difficulties, support through periods of transition, loss, grief, relationship problems, self-awareness and growth.

Dr. Wallis meets with individual adult clients with treatment focusing on specific problems such as, anxiety, depression, stress, phobias, self-esteem, family and relationship issues, academic and work difficulties, and more general issues such as improving quality of life and self understanding.

Treatment may be short term or longer term, depending on a variety of factors, including the nature and severity of the problem, the needs of the client, readiness and ability for change, and the degree to which they actively participate in the process.

Dr. Wallis is well versed and experienced in a variety of therapy approaches and tailors each therapy to individual client needs.

Child and Adolescent Therapy

It is normal for parents to be concerned about their children’s emotional and behavioural development.  If problems begin to interfere with self-esteem, ability to function well at school, within the family, or with friends, it may be beneficial to seek professional treatment.  Early identification and intervention for children and adolescents displaying emotional or behavioural difficulties is essential to reduce the negative effects on academic and social adjustment.

When treating children and adolescents, the extent to which parents and caregivers are involved in the assessment and treatment varies depending on the age and abilities of the child.  Parental involvement is typically greater with younger children. Dr. Wallis discusses confidentiality and limits to confidentially with her clients and parents at the outset of the therapy relationship.

Therapeutic approaches are tailored to the needs of the individual child/adolescent, and include traditional talk-therapy approaches (supportive therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy) to more activity-based approaches (play therapy, drawing, games).

Play Therapy

Play therapy is a method of psychotherapy used with young children.  Children communicate their thoughts and feelings through play more naturally than they do through verbal communication.  As the child plays the therapist begins to recognize themes and patterns or ways in which the child uses the materials. This is important because the play reflects issues which are important to the child and typically relevant to their difficulties.  Over time, the therapist helps the child make meaning out of the play.

The aim of play therapy is to decrease the behavioural and emotional difficulties that interfere with the child’s functioning.  Inherent in this aim is improved communication and understanding between parent and child. Additional goals include improved verbal expression, ability for self-observation, improved impulse control, more adaptive ways of coping with frustration and anxiety and improved capacity to trust and relate to others.

In this type of treatment, Dr. Wallis uses in-depth understanding of child development including stages of cognitive, language, and social and emotional development.

Reasons for treatment include, but are not limited to, temper tantrums, aggressive behaviour, non-medical problems with bladder and bowel control, difficulty with sleep or nightmares, worries and fears.  This type of treatment is also used with young children who have experienced abuse, loss, neglect or other traumatic events.

In play therapy, Dr. Wallis meets with the child alone for the majority of the sessions and arranges times to meet with the parent(s) separately or with the child, depending on the situation. The number of sessions and duration of treatment varies according to treatment objectives.

Parent Consultation/Guidance

Dr. Wallis provides parent guidance and consultation to parents seeking information and support about aspects of parenting at all stages of development (infants, children, teens and young adults).

 

FAQ

Dr. Wallis encourages potential clients to ask questions about her work, her training, and her approach to ensure a good fit.
Here are some answers to questions you might have.
How do I make a referral?

Dr. Wallis accepts self-referrals, as well as referrals from other professionals. Please contact Delia at 416-889-0242 or dr.wallis@sympatico.ca

What does Dr. Wallis charge?

Dr. Wallis charges competitive rates per hour for psychological psychotherapy services.

Are Dr. Wallis’s services covered by OHIP?

Fees for services provided by a registered psychologist are often covered by Extended Health Care Benefits (e.g. through your employer, private insurance).  Different plans provide different amounts and types of coverage. Please contact your health care plan provider to find out what coverage you have and whether or not you need a referral from your physician in order to have fees reimbursed.

Registered psychologist fees may also covered by other benefit providers such as Workplace Safety and Insurance (WSIB), Long-Term Disability (LTD), and Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA).

Fees for psychological services not covered by benefits can be claimed as medical expenses on your personal income tax return.

Psychology services are not covered by OHIP.

What happens at my first visit?

Following is what you can expect, both from your first visit with Dr. Wallis and from your first contact with her.

First Contact

When you first call or email for information Dr. Wallis will explain the initial process of assessing what your difficulties and therapeutic needs may be. Before you ever come in, you will be told about fees, how payment is made, and where the office is located.

First Visit

During your first visit Dr. Wallis will ask you about your current difficulties, about your current lifestyle, your physical health and family and social experiences.

This process usually takes one to two sessions, after which Dr. Wallis will be in a better position to make recommendations regarding service, explain how she might be able to help, and, if so, how therapy might proceed.

This assessment process allows you to assess Dr. Wallis as well; to ask questions and see if you feel comfortable with Dr. Wallis. When a good rapport is established, therapy is more likely to be very helpful to you.

Does Dr. Wallis have a confidentiality policy?

Dr. Wallis is committed to collecting, using and disclosing personal information responsibly.  She aims to be open and transparent with regard to how your personal information is handled. Dr. Wallis will discuss privacy and confidentiality at your first visit and answer any questions you may have.

Dr. Wallis follows the confidentiality requirements of the College of Psychologists of Ontario.  In general this means that Dr. Wallis does not share any personal information about you without your written consent.

There are, however, a few situations in which confidentiality must be broken due to legal or ethical obligations.  These situations are rare and include:

  • If you intend to seriously harm yourself or someone else, Dr. Wallis is required to notify the appropriate individual(s) (e.g., your emergency contact person, the police, etc).
  • If you share information about a child, presently under the age of 16, who has been abused or neglected, or is at risk of being abused or neglected, Dr. Wallis is required to inform Child Protective Services.
  • If you disclose that you have been sexually abused by a Regulated Health Care Professional, Dr. Wallis is required to report this information to the appropriate regulating body.  In this case, your name does not have to be disclosed.
  • If a court of law subpoenas your record, Dr. Wallis is required to release your psychological record to the court.

To review Dr. Wallis’ privacy policy in its entirety, please click here.

For More Information:

Please contact Delia at 416-889-0242 or dr.wallis@sympatico.ca if you have further questions or would like to book an appointment.

OFFICE:

The Village Healing Centre

3rd Floor #8
240 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto.

CONTACT:

Phone: 416-889-0242

Email: dr.wallis@sympatico.ca