Because you are a patient with the Centre for Family Medicine, the Ministry of Health pays for your therapy. You may access these services to a maximum of 8 visits per year (including no shows). If, however, you do not show up for an appointment or cancel without48 hours notification you will be billed a fee of $50.00.
Your health care provider will give you either a “Pink” slip and/or a green pamphlet with the telephone number to call to book an appointment for therapy or counseling. It is your responsibility to arrange this appointment.
If you have access to an Employee Assistance Plan or benefits that cover therapy we suggest you access them first.
If you are in crisis call the Waterloo Region distress line: 519-745-1166 or go to the emergency department at Grand River Hospital.
Also available if Here 24/7. This service is your front door to the addictions, mental health and crisis services provided by 12 agencies across Waterloo-Wellington-Dufferin. All you need to do is reach out to them. They do the intake, assessment, referral, crisis, waitlist and appointment booking work for these important programs. It’s their job to be your guide, figure out your needs and help you navigate the system. This leaves you free to focus on maintaining hope and pursing recovery.
While you wait: (Click Here) to take some beginning steps towards a healthy lifestyle and check out the following websites for helpful ideas to get you started on your goal for a better life:
www.cmha.ca – Lots of helpful information and resources about mental health.
www.moodgym.anu.edu.au – An interactive site with a good introduction to cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).
www.livinglifetothefull.com – An excellent interactive CBT site!!
www.blackdoginstitute.org.au – An excellent site about depression and bipolar mood disorders.
www.aamft.org – Resources for maintaining healthy relationships
www.oamft.on.ca – Resources for maintaining healthy relationships.