3 LOCATIONS ACROSS THE GREATER TORONTO AREA
Years in Operation
Years of Combined Experience
INDIVIDUAL & COUPLES THERAPY
Therapy available in English, Serbian, Urdu, Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Romanian.
Natasha Sharma, Psy.D
Founder & Director
Adina Nistor, M.A., M.Sc.
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Dr. Bita Sharifzadeh
Clinical Supervising Psychologist
Daniel Rutley, Psy.D
Lise Fitzsimmons, M.A.
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Jackie Tan, M.A., M.Sc
Registered Marriage & Family Therapist
Katherine Irwin, M.Psych.
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Bushra Wadood, M.A. (candidate)
M.A. Psychology Practicum Student
Frequently asked questions
How long is a session?
Each counselling therapy session is typically 60 minutes long, however longer sessions are sometimes necessary (e.g. for couples/marriage counselling) and available upon request. Give us a call or talk to one of our therapists directly.
Are your services covered by my employer benefits/extended insurance plan?
Yes. Our services are covered by many employer benefits and extended insurance plans.
Check your individual policy to see what coverage you have for Registered
Psychologists, Registered Psychotherapists and/or Clinical Counsellors and reach out to
us to see if the services provided by one of our team members are covered by your plan.
What are your session fees?
We operate on a sliding scale, with our fees starting at $100/session at the lowest end, up to $220/session at the highest end. Check our Online Bookings page for a detailed breakdown of services and associated fees. Where you would fall in that range depends on what type of counselling you are seeking (individual or couples/marriage), whether it will be in-person or online (video or telephone counselling), etc. Please take comfort in the fact that if you use up your insurance, or you do not have extended insurance benefits, we are flexible in the fees we are able to offer based on your individual needs. Our goal is to help you within your personal and financial comfort zone.
What should I expect from my first session?
A lot, actually! Our approach is to provide you with value from the moment you walk in for your first session. Therapy is collaborative, and we look to you to set the pace and explain in your own words what your issues and goals are. If you're not sure, your therapist can help you figure out where to start and what the priority is for you, along with understanding how much you want to talk without going too deep right away. We do a lot of listening, and ask a lot of questions in your first session, but you will leave with concrete feedback, tips and advice, and plan for what your future counselling sessions will focus on.
When will I feel better? How many sessions will I need?
Change can happen after as little as your first session with us, because we provide you with active coping skills, tools, and strategies such as deep breathing exercises, progressive self-relaxation training, mindfulness, or homework exercises that can actually create lasting change straight away. Deeper and long-standing patterns of behaviour, habits, or personality issues will likely take a bit longer to change. The average number of sessions is 8-10 for most, however some of our clients have enjoyed maintaining their emotional health with us for years!
Who will be my therapist?
Fit between an individual/couple and their therapist is the most important factor toward successful therapy and long term positive change. Building a trusting and supportive relationship with you is our top priority. We customize our approach by carefully matching you with the right therapist here at NKS, based on the issues you want to work on, and the expertise and availability of our therapists. If for any reason you do not feel your therapist is the right "fit", you can always let us know and we will transition you to another one of our team members.
How do I book my first session?
There are 3 ways to book a session: 1. Book online using our real-time online booking page via the "Book Online" buttons or links; 2. Give us a call; or 3. Fill out a contact form on our website and submit with your information.
What does "Qualifying" mean when I see it after the credentials of some of your Psychotherapists? E.g. RP (Qualifying)
"Qualifying" in a Psychotherapist's credentials means they are fully registered members of The College of Psychotherapists, and have completed all official training. Insurance companies DO cover services provided by them (provided you have coverage for Registered Psychotherapist services). The term "Qualifying" simply means they have yet to write the board examination, and are also engaged in ongoing clinical supervision hours. If any issues arise with your insurance, we can issue receipts that include both your Psychotherapist's information as well as his/her supervisor's information.
What is the difference between a Psychotherapist, Psychologist, and a Psychiatrist?
Psychotherapists, psychologists and psychiatrists often overlap in the areas they specialize in, but there are differences in what they can offer. At NKS Therapy, all counselling therapy is conducted by either Psychotherapists OR Psychologists (or is clinically supervised by a Psychotherapist or Psychologist). Psychotherapists and Psychologists can both practice counselling therapy over a range of topics including cognitive behavioural therapy, marriage/relationship counselling, career counselling, and family therapy. They are both trained in understanding the way people think, feel, and behave. Psychotherapists and Psychologists at NKS Therapy are registered with either the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario or the College Psychologists of Ontario. Psychologists can communicate a psychological diagnosis where necessary. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who assess, diagnose, and treat patients on both a biological and psychological level. We do not offer Psychiatrist services at NKS Therapy. Please check with your local GP or family doctor if you require a referral to a Psychiatrist.
What languages is therapy available in?
Therapy is available in English, Serbian, Urdu, Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Romanian.
YOUR EMOTIONAL HEALTH MATTERS
"NKS Therapy has truly changed my life. The therapists I have worked with are professional, understanding, and relatable. They have a plethora of qualified therapists and are always super responsive and helpful in answering any questions that you may have! I would definitely recommend NKS Therapy for those seeking counselling/therapy services! "
ABOUT NKS THERAPY
At NKS, we are a team of psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors and life coaches, specializing in mental health support for adults, adolescents, children, couples and families.
Psychotherapy and counselling have been proven to increase self-awareness, self-direction, personal fulfillment and overall happiness. Our philosophy is to help you achieve and sustain positive changes to your life through a deeper understanding of who you are, your relationships, your personal strengths and negative patterns of behaviour, and ultimately what might be keeping you from being your best possible self.
At NKS Therapy, we aren't just experienced. We are experts in our field. We specialize in your emotional and personal development and take pride in continuously updating our professional skills through ongoing training and education initiatives. You can count on receiving effective and relevant help that leads to lasting positive change.
We are located in Toronto, and are currently serving individuals and communities across Canada.
Our approach to working with clients is warm, safe and collaborative, and you can rest assured knowing that our services are provided under strict confidentiality. We’ll work together with you to help you solve problems and achieve your goals. At NKS Therapy, our practitioners are highly trained mental health professionals skilled in a range of treatment approaches.
We provide virtual counselling therapy sessions, psychological and psycho-educational assessments, career counselling/testing and assessment, and parenting support. Counselling therapy, consultations, and parenting support sessions are all offered online, via Zoom video or Telephone. In-person sessions are available when possible on a case by case basis.
We cannot always control life, but we can control how we experience and react to life. We will provide you with the tools to gain control over your emotions, and control over your behaviour.
We will help you achieve your goals by learning to make better, more conscious choices.
In short, we will help you live at your peak performance, and reach your full potential. Life is too short and too precious for anything less. Contact us today to book your appointment, or book online securely below!
"Great people to talk to whether it's about the daily stress or big issues. Always feel comfortable and appreciate that scheduling is flexible and easy and online sessions are an option."
"My therapist at NKS Therapy was always professional, compassionate, and truly cared about my well being."
"My therapist helped draw me out my negative thought patterns and guided me to construct a healthier way of thinking and living."
Monday – Friday 9AM – 9PM
Saturday 10AM – 6PM
Sunday 10AM – 6PM
Note: Psychotherapy, psychology, and counselling services are not covered by OHIP. Many employment health insurance plans, workplace benefits, and health spending accounts will cover the cost of services provided by a registered psychotherapist, registered psychologist, or certified clinical counsellor. Please note that we do not do any direct billing. We also offer fees on a sliding scale for clients who are not covered by an insurance plan. Any services at NKS Therapy not covered by an insurance plan can be considered uninsured health/medical expenses and may be claimed as a tax deduction. All services provided at NKS Therapy are provided by individuals who are either a) licensed and regulated to provided such services; or b) supervised in the provision of services by a person licensed and regulated to provide such services. Please see the FAQs or contact our office for more information.