Frequently Asked Questions

Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor Scott Barter provides private client-centered therapy, assessments, treatment planning and referrals, and crisis interventions. Read on some of our FAQ to learn more.

HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Referrals are not required.

You can contact me for a conversation or to make an appointment directly – by telephone at 416.797.2030 or by email [email protected] I try to reply within 4 hours, and at most 12 hours.

ARE SESSIONS PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL

I keep all your information private and confidential. No information will be shared or disclosed to others unless I have received a client’s written consent.

However, I am required by law to disclose information that we discuss in the following instances.

  • In situations where there is a court order, I am legally required to submit the requested information or documents
  • In situations where the client intents to cause serious physical harm to him/herself or to another person. I am required to take whatever actions necessary to protect the client and/or third parties, even if doing so involves breaking confidentiality.
  • The Regulated Health Professions Act makes it mandatory to file a report when the practitioner has reasonable grounds to believe that another member of the same or different college has sexually abused the client.
  • The Child and Family Services Act states that, when a practitioner has reasonable grounds to suspect that a child has, or may have suffered abuse (including physical, sexual, emotional abuse, and neglect) the practitioner shall report the suspicion and the information on which it is based to child welfare.

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED

We will discuss the treatment process and together create a plan – the timing and the frequency of sessions are individualized to your needs.

WHAT ARE THE FEES OF THERAPY

Rates, on an hourly basis, are set with each client and are set individually. Please contact me directly for more information about my sliding scale option that is available.

HOW ARE FEES PAID

During our first appointment, we will discuss fees and payment options. I accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Interec Debit, cheques, Cash, and email transfers. You will receive a statement monthly, unless you want receipts after each session.

ARE SERVICES COVERED UNDER ONTARIO HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM (OHIP)

My services are not covered by OHIP, although they may be covered by your extended health insurance plan.

WHAT ARE YOUR CANCELLATION POLICIES

Please contact me by phone or email at least 24-hours in advance of your session; otherwise the full hourly rate is applied. Under certain circumstances fees for a missed session may be waived.

Testimonials
Dr. Matthew Burke, MD
Chief Neurology Resident, University of Toronto

I worked with Scott as part of the University of Toronto Substance Abuse Awareness Initiative. Together, we gave talks at local high schools focusing on the science of addiction. Scott’s enthusiasm and dedication to this field is supremely evident. Furthermore, he offers a unique and comprehensive approach to addictions and their management. I would strongly recommend him!

Testimonials
Alex Tapscott
Co-author of Blockchain Revolution

I have known Scott for over 20 years. One of the great joys of our long friendship was watching how Scott confronted his addiction issues and fight doggedly to overcome them. Scott has a boundless capacity for empathy and understanding, with the expertise in addiction counselling to make a difference in people’s lives. I am inspired, though not surprised, to now watch Scott apply his own personal experience and his deep knowledge in the pursuit of helping others.

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Anonymous
Toronto, ON

Scott helped me begin my path to recovery 8 years ago. Since then, he has continued to play an important role in my journey to be free of addiction. Despite my struggles over the years, he has never given up on me and has always made himself available. He has been someone my family and I could rely on. He is passionate and committed to helping people with mental health and addiction issues. Scott is someone I greatly admire and I will continue to seek his guidance and support.

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Anonymous
Toronto, ON

Entering into counselling with Scott has proved to be a transformative and empowering experience. With Scott’s support and guidance, my life truly has changed for the better. I found the courage here to make changes in my life that were long overdue. I would recommend Scott to anyone who wants a better life!