Julie Casey MSW, RSW

Individual and Family Animal & Nature Assisted Therapy

Service Fee

$85.00 per 1 hour individual session

$100.00 per 1 hour family session

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 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)
  • Special Services at Home (SSAH)

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

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