Common Queries

Do you offer sliding scale or reduced rates?

A limited number of reduced rate spots are available. I do not offer sliding scale, all low-cost rates are offered at $90/hour.


Please indicate your interest in one of these spots when reaching out for your first consultation/appointment. You do not need to disclose your financial need in this initial contact.

Are sessions conducted remotely or in person?

Sessions are currently being held remotely on a secure video conferencing platform. Instructions and a link will be provided to you by email before your first session/consultation.

Are services covered by my insurance?

Psychotherapists registered with the CRPO are covered by many insurance providers. 

If your plan covers Psychotherapists, I recommend contacting your insurance provider first and giving them with my information just to be sure they accept this licensing.  Let them know the following:

College:  College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
Designation:  Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Registration #:  11196

Under the supervision of: Darlene Cyrus-Blaize

College:  College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

Designation: Registered Psychotherapist

Registration #: 005920

I am happy to provide receipts. 

How long does each therapy session take?

Each session is one hour in length. If you are running late, please let me know, the session will not be extended past 60 minutes due to lateness.

I live outside of Ontario can we still work together?

Yes, if you live in Canada, we can work together. My insurance covers work with clients in other provinces. However, if you plan on claiming our sessions, I would recommend checking in with your insurance provider to make sure your insurance covers practitioners in other provinces.

What is Creative Art Therapy and Drama Therapy?

Creative Art Therapy is the umbrella term that refers to mental health professionals that use creative and artistic mediums to help achieve therapeutic goals, like art-making (including visual art, music, dance, and drama).


Drama therapy has been defined by the North American Drama Therapy Association (2019) as “…the intentional use of drama and/or theatre processes to achieve therapeutic goals” (para. 1). I will link their website below for futher information. 

An example of a drama therapy technique is the "empty chair". This technique asks clients to imagine that someone they want to talk to is sitting in an empty chair. The client will speak to that imagined person as if they were there, they might picture the person responding or reacting. The therapist might even ask the client to take on the role of that person in the chair. 

https://www.nadta.org/what-is-drama-therapy.html