Dr. Judith D. Bertoia, Registered Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor


Before scheduling an appointment, I speak briefly by telephone with potential clients. This allows clients to ask questions they may have about me or my practice, and allows me to gather enough information to ensure that I have expertise in the issues they are planning to bring into therapy.

Usually we meet once a week. It is also common to meet alternate weeks but occasionally, when someone is having a particularly difficult time, we may meet twice a week. Typically most people engage in short term work that takes 10 to 20 sessions. However, some people just consult with me about a very specific situation over one or two sessions, while others with complex longstanding difficulties, or those who want to commit to substantial gains in personal growth undertake longer term therapy.

Clinical office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Under unusual circumstances Saturday appointments can be arranged. Sessions are a full 60 minute hour. The initial session is billed as an hour, but is scheduled for an hour and a half. The extra time allows for the exploration of a fuller history and sufficient time for us to collaboratively establish goals for our work together. (There are also circumstances where you may prefer 90 minute sessions, and for those coming less frequently over a long distance, two hour sessions can be arranged.)

Appointments can be made by contacting me directly, but often clients are referred by their physician.

My cancellation policy is that the full fee may be charged if clients do not cancel with 24 hour notice. I do ask that you contact me as soon as you are aware you need to cancel the appointment. If you do not call, I assume you are late, wait for your arrival, and therefore charge the full fee.

The answers lie within. The challenge is listening to their wisdom and then creating change.

If you treat an individual... as if were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
— Goethe