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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Discover more about neuroscience and how Ripple Effect can support your child’s unique personal mental health journey with our
Frequently Asked Questions.

How much does therapy cost?

All child and youth counselling appointments start at $180.00 for a 50-minute session. The number and frequency of the sessions is negotiated with the Ripple Clinician. The Safe and Sound Protocol Package is integrated into the treatment plan at the discretion of the Ripple Clinician. The way it is utilized depends on the age and stage of your child. The cost of this program will be discussed with you if the Ripple Clinician thinks it will be of benefit to your child. We employ Registered Social Workers and Registered Psychotherapists. Please check your extended health benefit plan carefully to ensure coverage if you will be submitting for reimbursement. Most benefit packages cover the cost of our services. Some plans are limited to Registered Social Workers (RSW) or Registered Psychotherapists (RP). Most of Ripple's clinicians are one or the other registration. More and more plans are covering both. Please ensure you are clear if there are limitations with your plan.

Are your services covered by my benefit plan?

Ripple Effect employs Registered Psychotherapists (RP) and Registered Social Workers (RSW). Please check your plan carefully to ensure coverage.

Where does the therapy take place?

Online counselling is conducted through NousTalk, a secure communications platform that is fully PHIPA and PIPEDA compliant. (These are the laws that govern privacy and confidentiality in Ontario). Online appointments are available anywhere throughout Ontario, provided there is sufficient WiFi service. In-person counselling is conducted at an office in the Jane St. and Bloor St. area of Toronto, Ontario.

Are you an inclusive and welcoming space?

We acknowledge the injustice of privileges granted to us through the ongoing systemic oppression of  Indigenous, Black, racialized peoples, people with disabilities, neurodivergent people and 2SLGBTQI+ folx everywhere. While we recognize that neuroscience approaches are often developed through a White, male perspective, we honour the gifts bestowed upon us by the collaboration of different cultures. Ripple Effect Services will strive to always create space for the vibrant diversities that have thrived within individuals and communities despite the long lasting effects of colonialism. We oppose all brutality and discrimination, and are in solidarity with all who protest and work for safety, justice, and peace for all.

What ages do you work with?

The Ripple approach can be helpful at any age. We offer counselling for the parents and families of younger children, youth seeking counselling for themselves, as well as free online parenting workshops. In partnership with the child and their family we are able to create a specialized intervention program that at once respects the uniqueness of the child and delivers state of the art knowledge on interventions to promote greater strength, resilience and emotion regulation. Whole families benefit as the child in counselling is supported to share their knowledge and experience with their family. We believe that improving emotional regulation and overall mental health is an entire family project!


What is the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)?

Dr. Stephen Porges is the neuroscientist who identified the Polyvagal Theory and created the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP). He states that the middle ear is a portal to the human nervous system. He developed the idea of using digitally altered music as a way to provide a non-intrusive, easy way to calm the nervous system. The SSP is a “distilled essence of trust.” It provides the nervous system support to down regulate into the Social Engagement System (SES) and out of activated states of fight, flight, and freeze/collapse (Sympathetic and Dorsal Vagal states). The SSP is 5 hours of popular music that has been digitally altered to remove frequencies that activate our defensive states. The protocol is progressively challenging to the brain and thus is a passive neural exercise to the brain and nervous system. All you do is listen. Although incredibly passive and seemingly an easy intervention, it is powerful and can be transformative when used as designed. Appreciating the proper use of the protocol and how to assess the best use of the SSP for each person’s unique nervous system is essential to ensure the full benefits of the protocol are available to the body. Also, as the child progresses through the 5 hours it is of paramount importance that they have the support of a parent. This support will help guide them through the SSP and support them to be anchored in the ventral vagal state.

Is this the right place for my family member?

We celebrate each person’s unique self. We want that for everyone. We think each child is special and that they have all the information and wisdom they need to be the best they can be. We think that “No one gets hurt” in their mind, body, and soul is the most important rule. That’s the world we want to live in. All of us at Ripple want everyone’s life to be full of love, joy, and respect. Making everywhere safe, for every person, means making sure everyone is fully free and encouraged to be their unique self. While we don’t know how we can help your child yet, we promise to listen to you and your child’s unique story to discover a solution that works for everyone.

Spring 2023

Workshop Registration Open Now

Saturday, March 25: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
Tuesday, April 25: 6:30 – 8:30 pm EST
Saturday, May 27: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

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