At ReNu, we offer counselling and psychotherapy to help address the challenges you face to achieve a brighter tomorrow.
Our mission is to create transformations in our clients’ lives by working on the challenges that hold them back from feeling fulfilled in a safe and nurturing environment.
We believe that the diversity of our therapists is integral to our ability to work with individuals, couples, and families of all ages, backgrounds, and identities, with an emphasis on BIPOC communities.
Our goal is to meet our clients where they are in the process of change and empower them to lead more fulfilling lives that are in alignment with their values
Frequently Asked Questions
While both titles are sometimes used interchangeably, there are similarities and differences between psychotherapy and counselling. Both psychotherapy and counselling offer support to help individuals improve their well-being and resolve issues in their lives.
Psychotherapy as defined by the Psychotherapy Act, 2007 addresses “an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgement, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning.” Counselling on the other hand typically focuses on specific issues (such as stress) and is usually shorter-term in nature. Psychotherapy may include a broader range of issues and can include counselling in its delivery however, counselling does not include psychotherapy in its practice.
Psychotherapy is considered to be a controlled act in Ontario, with only specific health care practitioners such as psychotherapists being permitted to use it.
All 3 of these providers are permitted to use psychotherapy in treatment with clients and while there are many similarities, key differences are highlighted below:
Psychotherapists (in Ontario) are regulated mental health therapists have completed masters-level training, other provincially accredited training and education in areas such as clinical and counselling psychology, divinity, and social work (to name a few). They treat a variety of mental health issues using a variety of modalities, and can administer some mental health questionnaires. Psychotherapists are not permitted to diagnose or communicate diagnoses of mental health disorders, nor are they able to prescribe medications.
Psychologists are regulated mental health therapists who have completed education up to the PhD-level or in some cases, masters-level training in areas such as clinical, counselling, and educational psychology. They treat a variety of mental health issues using a variety of modalities. Psychologists are permitted to diagnose and communicate diagnoses of mental health disorders, and administer and score psychological tests. They are not permitted to prescribe medication.
Psychiatrists are doctors who have completed medical school and specialized in psychiatry. In Ontario, they are registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and are able to treat a variety of mental health issues using a variety of modalities. Psychiatrists are permitted to to diagnose and communicate diagnoses of mental health disorders, and administer and score psychological tests. They are also permitted to prescribed medication. Many (but not all) services offered by psychiatrists are covered by OHIP in Ontario.
Your insurer may cover our services if they cover psychotherapy services with Registered Psychotherapists and for some therapists, for Clinical Counsellors/ Canadian Certified Counsellors. Please check with your insurance provider directly to verify your coverage eligibility.
At ReNu, we are only able to offer direct billing for clients who have extended health care coverage with Blue Cross, the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) and Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB). Plans under all other providers will require you to pay for your session directly to the clinic. You will be provided with a receipt after your session to submit to your insurer for reimbursement.
We offer free, 15-minute phone consultations for potential clients to help answer questions and chat with you for us to both get an idea of fit.
Following the consultation, there is an onboarding process that includes completing our intake and consent forms, which will be sent to you by email.
Once that’s all taken care of, we’re ready for our first virtual session which can be 50 or 80 minutes, depending on your preference.
We understand how busy you are and we want to make it as easy as possible to get started working with us. Our entire process, including all your consultations are done online to accomodate your busy lives and make it easy for you to access support in the comfort of your home.