About Rachel Sansone
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
I am a Registered Social Worker with experience working in community mental health agencies in various roles and on-campus with Western University students as a counsellor.
Integrating theory and practice by utilizing client-centred and evidence-based approaches are crucial to me and have contributed to my success as a therapist.
As a lifelong learner, I am constantly identifying and undertaking professional development opportunities, increasing my understanding, knowledge, and proficiency in various therapeutic approaches and populations.
I have worked closely with diverse and vulnerable populations including, our local Indigenous communities, LGBTQ2+ clients, individuals facing homelessness, and people experiencing serious mental health symptoms.
My strong clinical skills, as well as my curiosity and creativity, allow me to effectively support diverse populations by meeting clients where they are at.
Following years of exploring the research and seeing the benefits firsthand, I have a personal and professional interest in mindfulness-based interventions (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, & Dialectical Behavioral Therapy).
ACT, MBCT, & DBT are effective treatments for a variety of mental health challenges including stress, anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, and more.
I work with adults and youth in the community and with Western students on campus to help reduce suffering, develop skills, and navigate the many challenges that life throws at us.
Life can be overwhelming. If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, struggling to find balance, or simply just want to live your best life and would like help reaching your potential; you are not alone.
I am available to talk in-person, online and by phone.
Book an appointment now!
One-on-one counselling & therapy sessions available in person, online, or over the phone.
Learn skills in a group setting (4-8 people). ACT, MBCT, and DBT informed groups are being offered at this time.
Virtual workshops currently being offered on the following topics: Mindfulness Meditation, Managing Stress and Anxiety, and Test Anxiety. Please inquire for more information.
Types of Service
In light of current world events, as well as the ongoing care of my clients, I am extending my services to include the following:
Most frequent questions and answers
Prior to starting your counselling journey, a 15-minute phone consultation is recommended to provide an opportunity answer any questions and to see if we are a good fit. The therapeutic relationship is one of the most important components of successful treatment.
Individual Psychotherapy Sessions are $130 (50 minutes).
A limited number of sliding scale spots are available for individuals experiencing financial barriers and/or unusual circumstances.
Registered Social Workers are covered by most extended health benefit programs; however, you may want to check with your insurance provider to be sure.
Direct billing is accepted by most insurance plans.
Most clients prefer to pay using e-transfer or cash.
Once payment is received you will be provided with a receipt that you can process through your insurance provider for reimbursement.
Keep your receipts! Social Work services are considered a medical expense tax credit for income tax purposes. Any fees that are not covered by your benefits plan can be claimed when you file your income tax return.
Direct Pay is now available as of September 2022 for most insurance companies!
Individual Therapy Sessions are $120 (50 minutes).
I am able to offer a reduced rate to college and university students to support them through their academic journey.
For undergraduate students, you are automatically enrolled into the USC Student Health Plan, which covers up to $750.00 of psychotherapy per year. To submit a claim, sign up for your student account on the benefits website.
For graduate students, you are automatically enrolled into the SOGS Student Health Plan, which covers up to $600.00 towards psychotherapy per year, with a return of 80% of the fees paid. To submit a claim, follow the instructions found here.
What Is A Therapist?
The terms therapist and counsellor are often used interchangeably.
A psychotherapist or counsellor is a term for therapists who employ a “talk therapy” approach with clients. They use this approach to establish rapport in order to work toward improvement in: