Dr. Daniel Chorney & Associates

helping families.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: How do I know if my situation requires the help of a psychologist?

A: If you're unsure whether your specific situations requires the help of our services or any service at all, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone (902.444.1160) or email (drchorney@gmail.com). For a number of situations, when the problems become so great that they begin interfering with your daily routines or functioning and you feel unable to change using your current strategies, a psychologist may be able to help.

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Q: Does your practice offer evening appointments?

A: Yes. A number of our associates practice at least one evening per week. Appointment times and availability can be discussed when you call or email to set up an appointment.

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Q: Do you accept insurance or private medical coverage?

A: Consistent with most practices in the area, fees for service are collected the time of the appointment and you will be provided with the necessary receipt and information for later reimbursement. Please click on the "Fees" section of this website for more information on this topic. We also encourage you to contact your provider prior to making an appointment in order to determine what coverage you have and for what services. Some insurance companies (e.g. Blue Cross) also offer you the ability to be reimbursed immediately at a local "Quick Pay" station, with locations in Scotia Square (Halifax) or Burnside (Dartmouth). Please do not hesitate to ask more about insurance during your initial call to set up an appointment.

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Q: What should I expect when I call to make a referral?

A: Referrals can be made in two ways - by using our Self-Referral Form on this website, or by leaving a voicemail with your contact information (Extension 1 when you call 444-1160). Almost all referrals will be contacted by phone (in most cases within 1 business day from the time you first call) at which time a recommendation will be made about who within the practice would best suit their specific referral question and needs. In the case that we are unable to offer you a timely appointment, or if your specific concerns are best served at another practice or organization, we will provide you with the names and locations of other mental health professionals and services that may better help you (alternatively, you can visit www.apns.ca to see a listing of psychologists in your area). Initial phone calls are typically brief, lasting 20 minutes or less. A referral from a physician or another professional is not necessary to make an appointment (but may be necessary for insurance reimbursement, depending on your insurance provider). If you are calling to request an appointment with a specific psychologist within the practice, please let us know when you first contact the practice by stating who it is you would like to see.

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Q: How is my privacy protected?

A: Privacy and confidentiality is taken extremely seriously when seeing a psychologist. In the vast majority of cases, information discussed with a psychologist is protected by confidentiality. There are limits to confidentiality that will be discussed with you at your first session. Confidentiality is an especially sensitive matter with adolescents, and you will be provided with a written summary of our policies and guidelines for confidentiality during the consent to treatment process at your first session (a copy of this can be obtained on the "Your Care" page of this website). With your consent, we may contact your referral source, primary physician, or others in your circle of care. Should you already know one of the psychologists at the practice and wish for your information to be kept private, please let us know when you first call and your initial phone call can be conducted by another psychologist within the practice.

Our online practice management software, Jane, is compliant with local and national laws governing security of Private Health Information (PHI), meaning your information is kept secure and private. If you are interested in learning more about the protection of your information please see Jane’s website directly - https://janeapp.com/guide/basics/security-faq. Please refer to the "Your Care" section of this website for more information about privacy and options when you visit our practice.

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Q: How many sessions are typical when seeing a psychologist?

A: The number of sessions will vary depending on what you initially came in for, the severity of the concern, and how motivated you are to change. The number of sessions necessary to see benefits can range from as little as one session, to more than twenty. If psychological services are not helping you meet your goals after a certain point, it is our ethical responsibility to discuss this concern with you and we can help you find an alternative treatment provider if we can not meet your needs. Please know that you can choose when treatment ends at any point, and you can book as many or as little sessions as you would like.

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Q: What's the difference between seeing a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

A: Psychologists hold either a masters and/or doctoral degree in psychology that typically involves 6 to 10 years of university study of how people think, feel, and behave. Psychologists who hold doctoral degrees can use the title "Dr." A practicing psychologist is trained to assess and diagnose problems in how people think, how they handle emotions, and how they act, as well as how to overcome or manage these problems. A psychologist is uniquely trained to use psychological tests to help with assessment and diagnosis. Psychologists help people overcome or manage their concerns using a variety of treatments or psychotherapies. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who go on to specialize in mental health and related disorders. Psychiatrists often use medication to help their clients manage their mental health concerns and there are some disorders for which medications are especially beneficial. Some psychiatrists also provide psychotherapy.

There are some distinctions between psychologists depending on how long they went to school and for what specialization. All psychologists at Chorney & Associates are Ph.D. level psychologists from clinical psychology programs and are Registered Psychologists in Nova Scotia. All have specializations in treating children and adolescents, and also have competency in treating a wide variety of adult concerns. All use evidence-based treatments, and identify cognitive-behavioral therapy or behavioral-therapy as their primary treatment type.

For a summary on what to expect when seeing a psychologist, please click here.

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Q: What is evidence-based treatment and why is it important?

A: Evidence-based treatments or psychotherapy are based directly on scientific evidence and integrates what we currently know about the best possible treatment methods through combining research, client characteristics and values, culture, and preferences. In other words, treatment that is grounded in research and scientific principles, rather than guided by vaguely defined goals or principles that are difficult to measure or assess.

Evidence-based treatments have been shown to be effective through randomized clinical control trials and have proven rates of effectiveness, have clearly set treatment plans and goals, and rely on behavioral evidence to prove they are working rather than opinions or theory. The majority of evidence at this time identifies cognitive-behavioral or behavioral therapy as the most effective treatment approach currently available for most mental health issues. A cognitive-behavioral therapist will work with you to help identify your goals, teach you skills on how to reach them, and assess/monitor your progress throughout treatment. For an outline of CBT applied to anxiety disorders, please click here.

For more information on what types of evidence-based treatments are most effective for each type of mental health concerns, please visit the American Psychological Association website dedicated to this topic.

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Q: Should I do anything before my first appointment?

A: Yes. Please click on the "FORMS" link at the top of this website and complete the forms listed on that page. If you are an adult (anyone over the age of 18) please complete the "Adult History Form" and if you are a parent calling in regard to your child or adolescent, please complete the "Child History Form."

This will help save both you and the psychologists at the practice a large amount of time during your first appointment and help us get started on helping you as soon as possible. If you do not have the ability to download, print and complete the forms, please let us know and come early to your first appointment and we will make sure you have the chance to complete them prior to your session.

If you have time, please also consider reading our Commitment to Sensitive Practice and Consent/Policy form on the "Your Care" page (these are not necessary to print or complete prior to your visit).

If you have any form of private medical insurance, please take the time to call them prior to your first visit so that you fully understand what coverage/benefits your specific plan includes. A number of sample questions are included on the "Fees" tab that may help you when you call.

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Q: How do I use your online booking to make, change, or cancel my appointments?

A: Our online scheduling is reserved for individuals who have already visited our practice and met with one of our psychologists. If you are reading this and have not yet had your initial appointment with us, online scheduling is not available. Please complete the information on the "Self-Referral" page of this website and our intake manager will contact you shortly.

If you are interested in using the online scheduling software and are not yet registered in our database to use the service, please email your psychologist directly (all email addresses can be found on the Contact page of this site) with the following information: 1) Your full name that you will use to log in, 2) your preferred email address, and 3) your preferred phone number. Once you are entered into the database you will be able to make an appointment, cancel an appointment, or change existing appointments. Please be sure your e-mail Junk/Spam filters are set to receive emails from our practice (drchorney@gmail.com or dcahalifax@gmail.com). If you have a problem using online scheduling, please email Dr. Chorney directly.

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Q: What does "Psychologist (Candidate Register)" mean?

A: The following definition can be found on the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners website (www.nsbep.org):

Candidate Register: These individuals have met the education and training requirements for registration and have the ability to practice psychology in the province. However while on the Candidate Register they are undergoing supervision until completing the required period of supervised work experience and examinations. Candidates must use the designation Psychologist (Candidate Register) which clearly indicates their status; Psych. (Cand. Reg.) is permitted.
who we are
Chorney & Associates is a group of registered clinical psychologists practicing in the center of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
contact us
Telephone: (902) 444-1160
Email: drchorney@gmail.com
Fax: (902) 444-3210
Web: chorneyandassociates.com
what we do
Each clinician at Chorney & Associates specializes in a number of areas, ranging from preschool-aged children to adults.