Nourishing Hearts

 Counselling Fees & Funding Options 

Julie Casey MSW, RSW

Wellness Care Farm

Service Fee
Nourishing Hearts Wellness Care Farm had an exciting first year filled with learning and development. We are very honoured and grateful to have the opportunity to offer our support and care while touching the hearts of children, youth and adults. As we move into our second year, we feel it is necessary to make changes to our fees. Our farm and animals provide such a wonderful, enriching and nurturing environment for counselling and therapy but it does require additional time and costs that more traditional office settings don’t incur. Our 2019 fee adjustments reflect these demands. The other aspect of the fee is the length of session. As much as we love the 1.5 hour sessions, we have made the difficult decision to reduce the session lengths to the traditional 1 hour. The reason for reducing the session length is to help with the overall work demands of a farm-based practice. There is an option for a long session.

The 2019 fee changes have been made guided by the Ontario Association of Social Worker’s Setting Fees guide. Despite our fee increase, we are thrilled to still offer services well below the provincial average and recommended rates.


Session Fee
$90 per 1 hour session

Optional Long Session
$100  per 1.5 hours

HST Exemption
Health-related social work services are exempt from HST if the services are provided for the prevention, assessment or remediation of, or to assist the individual in coping with a physical, emotional, behavioural, or mental disorder or disability of the individual or of another person to whom the individual is related, or to whom the individual provides care or supervision otherwise than in a professional capacity (Ontario Association of Social Worker)

Medical Expense Tax Deduction
Fees for counselling services provided by a Registered Social Worker in Ontario can be claimed as a medical expense deduction when filing income tax returns.

Funding Options
Although social work services are NOT covered by Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), as a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, the therapy (counselling) sessions may be eligible for Third-Party Coverage. The services provided are counselling, utilizing an Animal Assisted Therapy approach where the therapy animals are an adjunct to the counselling session. Some insurance companies that do not formally cover social work services, may do so on an informal or ad hoc basis (discretion of insurance company)  under a category such as: Paramedical Services” or “Psychological Services”.


Third-Party Coverage Includes:

  • Private Healthcare Insurance
  • Group Benefit Plans
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)
  • Worker’s Compensation Benefits
  • Health Canada (Indigenous Peoples of Canada)
  • Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)


If your private insurance and/or group benefit plan does not provide coverage for social work services, a letter to request coverage can be provided.

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