Judith Cox Counseling

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What is Psychotherapy?

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a social worker, physician, nurse, psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health providers. At the bottom of this page, you will find links to resources that provide more information about Psychotherapy.

What do Psychotherapists do?

During psychotherapy, you learn about your condition and your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviours. Psychotherapy helps you learn how to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills.

Regulated Health Professionals and Psychotherapy.

As of December 30, 2017, the controlled act of psychotherapy has been proclaimed in force, and becomes one of fourteen controlled acts defined in the RHPA. A controlled act is an activity thought to have the potential of posing a risk of serious harm to the client. Restricting the performance of controlled acts to certain regulated professionals who are legally authorized to perform them is the approach to protecting the public set out in the RHPA. As a result, as of December 31, 2019, the performance of the controlled act of psychotherapy is restricted to members of certain regulatory colleges. This includes the Ontario College of Social Work and Social Service Workers.

Are you a Psychotherapist and can you provide psychotherapy?

I am a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist. However, it is important to remember that psychotherapy is only one potential form of therapy. As a Social Worker I have received training in and regularly use a wide range of therapies. This includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy. 

Will Psychotherapy help me?

Psychotherapy, in all its many forms, can help many people. The fact is that it does not help or work for everyone. Other therapies, alone or in combination with psychotherapy, may offer the best solution. As a Registered Social Worker, I work with you to identify issues, create a plan and aim to use the most appropriate treatment for you and your needs.

Useful Resources.

Guide to Psychotherapy from the Mayo Clinic.

Understanding psychotherapy and how it works. Provided by the Ameican Psychological Association (APA). In Ontario, even Psychologists are no longer allowed to call themselves Psychotherapists (this may change)

Main office: 208 Old Orchard Road, RR#1, Bath, Ontario. Tel: 613 352 5487. Therapy is also available at 203-120 Clarence Street, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 1X4.

As an alternative to travelling into Kingston or Belleville my Bath (Sandhurst Shores) office provides easy access for people seeking individual or couples counselling and who live in Greater Napanee, Picton, Amherstview, Lennox & Addington or Prince Edward County.



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Just in time for April Fools’ Day, a letter arrived at my home from my automobile insurer.  My insurer was “writing to inform you of upcoming changes to your automobile insurance”.  Enclosed with the letter was an “introduction to these changes, provided by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.”  The letter advised “your coverages remain unchanged until your next renewal”.

The enclosed “introduction” was entitled “Changes to Ontario Auto Insurance Give You More Choice”.

Read more about how these changes might affect you if you have a motor vehicle accident ………


Ontario Announces New PTSD Strategy for First Responders

Province Focuses on Prevention, Reducing Stigma

“Ontario is putting in place a number of new initiatives to help prevent or mitigate the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among first responders.

Evidence shows that first responders such as police personnel, firefighters and paramedics are at least twice as likely as the general population to suffer from PTSD, due to the risk of routine exposure to traumatic stressors.”

You can read the full press release hear.

Great news as prevention is always the best option

EMDR Therapist in Kingston, Ontario

EMDR Judith Cox Kingston OntarioJudith has recently completed her training to become an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist and is now a member of  EMDR Canada an affiliate of EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).

EMDR therapy is frequently used to provide help for individuals suffering from PTSD but it has also been shown to provide benefits for people experiencing other conditions and disorders including panic attacks, grief, stress and abuse.

Judith says “EMDR is considered best practice in many situations and has been shown to be effective for many people” She is excited to be able to provide this additional therapy choice alongside her other skills that include psychotherapy, trauma and grief counseling, clinical hypnotherapy and life skills counseling.

EMDR based therapy is available at both her main location and in her Kingston office. She can be contacted by phone or email to arrange therapy sessions.

Counseling and Motor Vehicle Insurance

We all know it’s never going to happen to us but just in case make sure your motor vehicle insurance provides sufficient coverage for supplementary medical, rehabilitation, attendant care, caregiver, non-earner and income replacement benefits.

Not sure if you have enough coverage? Talk to an insurance broker or the CAA. Ask friends for recommendations. If you are a member of a union, professional organisation or CARP they may have a group scheme.

If you need more information about  automobile insurance in Ontario it is regulated by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, a regulatory agency of the Ministry of Finance and they have an excellent guide on their website.


Motor Vehicle Accident Insurance

Motor Vehicle Accident Insurance and Healthcare Benefits

“Accident victim wins challenge to Ontario’s $3,500 minor injury cap”

This is the headline from a recent Toronto Star article in the Personal Finance pages. I’m not an expert in vehicle insurance but I do know the cost of treating even minor injuries can be substantial. Take the time to review your coverage with an insurance specialist.

Private Health Plans

Social work services provided by private practitioners are billed by the hour. They may be covered under a private health plan or employee group benefits plans. More and more insurance companies will cover social work services in individual policies or group health plans if asked to do so. If social work is not currently on the list of professional services covered in your insurance plan, ask that it be added.