First Psychotherapy Session

Your First Session

The initial appointment usually includes the assessment of your current problem, establishing therapy goals, and, if time permits, the beginning of developing a treatment plan. This appointment is also for you to get comfortable, to see if the therapist is the right 'fit' for you, and to ask questions. 

Forms to Complete Prior to the First Appointment

In the beginning of the first psychotherapy session you will be asked to fill the Confidential Personal Information Form, the Consent Form, and the Cancellation Policy Credit Card Authorization Form.  If you would like to save time in session, please feel free to print out the forms, fill them in, and bring them to your first appointment. 

Please note that the forms should be filled in for the person attending the appointment. For example, if you are the parent, coming to consult about your child, who will later attend the sessions, the forms should be completed in your name - not the child's name. 

In any case, we will review the consent, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

Following are the links to the forms for you to download. Please click on the therapist's name to download the forms: 

Additional forms to download for Video Therapy:

First Therapy Session and Fees

The length of a session is usually 50 minutes; however, it is better whenever possible to have a longer first session in order for you to have time to provide the relevant information, and for the therapist to gather sufficient details of your situation/condition and to start the treatment. 

For the first appointment a double (two-hour-long) session is usually recommended. If you would like to schedule a longer first appointment, please request that at the time of scheduling the first session. 

The fee will be set accordingly, depending on the length of the appointment based on the hourly rate of $185.  (Anna Prudovski's psychological treatment or consultation fee is $230).

We also temporarily provide an opportunity for a reduced-fee ($160) counselling with Lindsay Saunders.

You may pay by cheque, cash, or by sending an e-transfer prior to the session.

If you are paying by cash, please bring the exact amount to the session.

Please note that we have a 2-business-day cancellation policy. Please provide us with 2-business-days notice in case of any change to avoid the cancellation fee.

Directions to the Promenade Office in Thornhill

Our main office is located in the Promenade Mall, 1 Promenade Circle, Suite 313C, Thornhill, ON, L4J 4P8. 

If you enter the Promenade Mall from the main entrance (facing Bathurst), please go up the stairs to the second floor and then turn LEFT. At the end of the hallway on your right you will see Suite 313C (it will state "Cornerstone" on the door). Please have a seat in the waiting room, and the Office Manager will let the therapist know that you have arrived.

Directions to Maple location

2174 Major Mackenzie Drive West (East of Keele, on Major Mackenzie)

Holistic Healthcare Centre - (it looks like a house; there's a green sign out front)

Parking is available at the rear of the building.

Directions to Toronto (North York) location

55 Spring Garden Ave Suite 200

OM Toronto* (we share a door with a dentist office)

*there is a waiting room at the end of the hallway

Preparing for Your First Therapy Appointment

No special preparation is required. The therapist will encourage you to describe your current problem, and will ask questions throughout the sessions. Some people find it helpful to write some notes prior to the session in order to not forget important information. The notes may include:

  • The history of presenting problem

  • Developmental history

  • Medical history

  • Family history

  • Current life situation

Additionally, you may think of the following questions:

  • How long have you been experiencing this problem?

  • What led to you scheduling this first appointment now?

  • How would you like your life to be different at the end of therapy?

  • What strategies have you tried in the past to cope with the problem? What worked? What did not work?

  • If the therapy succeeded, in what way would your life be different?

Helpful Documents to Bring

If you have any of the following documents and/or are taking medications, please consider bringing them to the first session if you feel that may be relevant to psychological treatment:

  • List of medications that you are currently taking (including natural supplements)

  • Psychological assessment report

  • Hospital discharge reports

  • Report cards (for a child)