About Us

About Us

Specialists in Workplace Stressors & Trauma Therapy

Richmond Counselling Services believes in working collaboratively with clients to help them explore their personal challenges, make positive change and accomplish goals that contribute to leading a meaningful and healthy life.

Mission

To provide services to individuals in a safe and supportive environment with dignity, nurturing trust, and growth using evidence-based practice that maintains the best interests of the individual with integrity and objectivity. 

Vision

To bring awareness and foster growth that supports wellbeing in both the workplace and personal lives of individuals. 

Specialists in Workplace Stressors & Trauma Therapy

Richmond Counselling Services believes in working collaboratively with clients to help them explore their personal challenges, make positive change and accomplish goals that contribute to leading a meaningful and healthy life.

Mission

To provide services to individuals in a safe and supportive environment with dignity, nurturing trust, and growth using evidence-based practice that maintains the best interests of the individual with integrity and objectivity. 

Vision

To bring awareness and foster growth that supports wellbeing in both the workplace and personal lives of individuals. 

About Our Founder

Debra Pretty BSW MSW RSW Psychotherapist

Debra is a Registered Social Worker with over thirteen years of experience working with individuals and families in health, education and community settings. She graduated from Western University earning both a Bachelor and Master of Social Work degree. She completed additional clinical training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD. She has completed courses on trauma, Internal Family Systems and Polyvagal Informed Therapy. Debra regularly participates in ongoing professional development and reviews research to ensure evidence-based practices.

Debra Pretty
BSW MSW RSW Psychotherapist

Debra is a Registered Social Worker with over thirteen years of experience working with individuals and families in health, education and community settings. She graduated from Western University earning both a Bachelor and Master of Social Work degree. She completed additional clinical training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD. She has completed courses on trauma, Internal Family Systems and Polyvagal Informed Therapy. Debra regularly participates in ongoing professional development and reviews research to ensure evidence-based practices.

Professional Fees

30, 60, and 90 minute appointment blocks are available at a rate of $135.00 per hour.

We offer discounted rates for students and an additional sliding fee scale is available for a limited number of clients experiencing financial barriers. Please contact us directly for fee information.

If requested, a free 15 minute phone consultation is provided prior to beginning therapy in order to determine if our services are an appropriate fit for your needs.

Fees can be paid by e-transfer, or debit/credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discovery). A receipt is provided after payment has been received.

Professional Fees

30, 60, and 90 minute appointment blocks are available at a rate of $135.00 per hour.

We offer discounted rates for students and an additional sliding fee scale is available for a limited number of clients experiencing financial barriers. Please contact us directly for fee information.

If requested, a free 15 minute phone consultation is provided prior to beginning therapy in order to determine if our services are an appropriate fit for your needs.

Fees can be paid by e-transfer, or debit/credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discovery). A receipt is provided after payment has been received.

Insurance

Counselling services are not covered by OHIP; however, many employers extended health benefits will cover or partially cover the fee for a therapist that are registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Please contact your insurance company prior to engaging in counselling sessions in order to determine whether sessions will be covered.

Counselling services provided by Registered Social Workers (RSW) can be claimed as a medical expense tax deduction when you file your income tax return. In other words, Registered Social Workers are now authorized “medical practitioners” for the purpose of claiming medical expenses.

Cancellation Policy

My cancellation policy is 48 hours advance notice or the full session will be charged unless it is due to illness or an emergency. Missed appointment fees must be paid prior to the next scheduled appointment. Please give me as much notice as you can when cancelling an appointment. Consistent attendance to appointments is helpful for your care, if you are experiencing any barriers to your care please discuss with me to see if we can work together to find solutions. Your well-being is important to me.

Methodologies

Richmond Counselling Services uses an integrative therapeutic approach. We use various aspects of different therapeutic modalities in our practice to help create an individualized treatment plan that supports the client’s goal. We believe in a person-centered, collaborative style therapeutic approach in working with our clients. Our goal is to provide a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their issues and learn new strategies, skills, and resources to better cope with the challenges of everyday life.

Ready To Get Started?

Have questions or want to see if we’re a good fit before scheduling your first session? We are happy to provide a complimentary 15-mintute consultation where we can get to know each other, talk about your goals and challenges, and see if we’re a good fit.  We understand that counselling is a personal investment and we are 100% committed to our client’s wellbeing. 

Methodologies

Richmond Counselling Services uses an integrative therapeutic approach. We use various aspects of different therapeutic modalities in our practice to help create an individualized treatment plan that supports the client’s goal. We believe in a person-centered, collaborative style therapeutic approach in working with our clients. Our goal is to provide a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their issues and learn new strategies, skills, and resources to better cope with the challenges of everyday life.

Ready To Get Started?

Have questions or want to see if we’re a good fit before scheduling your first session? We are happy to provide a complimentary 15-mintute consultation where we can get to know each other, talk about your goals and challenges, and see if we’re a good fit.  We understand that counselling is a personal investment and we are 100% committed to our client’s wellbeing. 

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