Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Dr. Zhao can be found at LaksmanDoell, located at 27 Prince Arthur Avenue in the beautiful neighbourhood of Yorkville.
WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF A THERAPY SESSION?
Individual therapy sessions are typically 50 minutes. Couples therapy sessions are 75 minutes. Length of therapy sessions can be adjusted if needed.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
There is a 24 hour cancellation policy. Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hour business notice will be subject to the full session fee in accordance to standard practice.
ARE YOU COVERED BY OHIP OR PRIVATE INSURANCE?
Psychological health services in private practice are not covered by OHIP. However, services provided by registered psychologists are typically reimbursed partially, or in full, by extended health care providers. Please check with your insurance provider.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH A PSYCHOLOGIST?
Psychologists are regulated and licensed health service providers, registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario to practice psychology within the framework of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). This means that psychologists are uniquely qualified to use certain kinds of psychological tests to assess intelligence, emotional and behavioural problems, and neuropsychological dysfunction, and to communicate assessment results and diagnoses in a court of law or to your insurer. In addition, psychologists are uniquely trained as scientist-practitioners. This means that we stay on top of the current research literature and constantly evaluate and update the treatments we provide so that they are consistent with the latest scientific findings
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PSYCHIATRIST AND A PSYCHOLOGIST
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who are able to prescribe medication. Psychiatrists also provide psychotherapy although medical and pharmaceutical interventions are often their focus.
Psychologists have advanced training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REGISTERED PSYCHOTHERAPIST AND PSYCHOLOGIST?
Both a Psychologist and Registered Psychotherapist can treat mental health concerns but typically only a psychologist can diagnose.