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Why I use a Sliding Fee Scale

Separation Coach to Facilitate Settlement and Co-Parenting


I work with one parent individually for this service.


While you may separate as intimate partners, you can never really separate as co-parents. The issues of the intimate relationship can intrude on your ability to successfully care and plan for your children together.


When conflict enters matters concerning the care of your children, solutions can be elusive and conflict can escalate. The greater the conflict, the greater the emotional distress not only for the parents, but for the children between them. If/when these matters reach the court, the cost of legal fees can be astronomical and for some, completely out of reach.


At any point along your separation, time with a separation coach can help you gain perspective and re-evaluate your strategy for bringing some semblance of peace to your situation.


The separation coach can help you better respond to upsets and learn to communicate in a way so as to help reduce conflict. Tips in these areas can better equip you to settle matters more reasonably whether self-represented, negotiating through lawyers, in mediation, collaborative law or at court. The separation coach may also help identify solutions to other issues such as depression and/or anxiety which also may have an effect on how separation issues are managed. 


If you need help working with a challenging co-parent or situation and could benefit from some one-on-one coaching or guidance to settle a parenting plan or manage on-going conflict, please call to set an appointment:


905 628-4847


Please note, this service can only be provided to one of the separated co-parents. This service is confidential and I cannot be called to court or asked to write a report for court or any other purpose. Typically the first meeting is a good three hours as there is usually much information to discuss. At the end of this first meeting I tpically provide guidance to manage in your situation. It remains up to you what you choose to do with any guidance porvided.  



As a social worker, I am respectful of people's different income levels. As such, the fee is set on a fee-for-service basis using a sliding scale that ranges from $150 - $400 per hour. The actual fee then is determined by your gross annual income. Although no verification is required, if you have been found to misrepresent your income, you will be responsible for paying the difference accordingly and thereafter, service may be terminated at my discretion. In addition, at my sole discretion, your fee may be determined by your company's revenue in view of persons who manage their income through their company or corporation or by net worth or at my discretion.

Further, time will be taken at the beginning of our meeting for me to present my qualifications, experience and approach to counselling so that service is provided on an informed basis. This is deemed part of the time provided and billed for. The session will be deemed to commence at the scheduled appointment time and billing will therefore begin at the scheduled appointment time even if you are late. Please arrive on time. Appointments cancelled with less than 48 hours (two business days) will be billed for one hour.

Fee Schedule. HST will be added to Clinical-Legal services:

 Income  Fee/hour
0   -    $75,000  $150.00
 $75,000 - $100,000  $175.00
 $100,000 - $125,000  $200.00
 $125,000 - $150,000  $225.00
 $150,000 - $175,000  $250.00
 $175,000 - $200,000   $275.00
 $200,000 - $250,000  $300.00
 $250,000 - $350,000  $350.00
 $350,000 +  $400.00


Clients provide payment by cash or cheque at the end of the session. A receipt is always provided. 


Third Party Payments (EAP and other Benefit Providers):

Pleased be advised that I do not accept payment by third party payers (benefit or EAP providers) whatsoever. People are directly responsible for payment of services as per the information above at the time of service. A receipt will be provided with which persons can seek reimbursement from their EAP or benefit provider. I take no responsibility for your reimbursement. Reimbursement remains a matter between you and your benefit or EAP provider. 

If you do seek reimbursement through your benefit or EAP provider and I am called to verify the charge, I will do so with your implied consent. My disclosure will be limited to advising of my credentials as well as verifying the billing information, service provided and persons served. No information regarding the nature or content of information discussed will be provided without signed consent, for which you will be charged as per the time required.



  1. Service is provided on a private and discreet basis.
  2. Service is provided in the safety and comfort of my home-office.
  3. Daytime appointments are available Monday through Friday (except Friday afternoon). Evening appointments are available Monday through Thursday. I typically set my appointment times for 9:30 am, 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm. I do not offer weekend appointments. Summer hours may be restricted - please ask.
  4. Persons may self-refer. Please call.
  5. Persons are expected to attend sober for appointments.
  6. There is no recording or posting of content or comments in any form or media by clients or their proxy although Gary Direnfeld may record at his discretion for accountability purposes.
  7. Violence of any fashion will not be condoned.


All matters remain confidential with the following exceptions:

  1. Any past or imminent harm or abuse to a child currently younger than 16 years of age will be reported to proper authorities.
  2. Any imminent threat of harm to self or to another adult will be reported either to proper authorities and/or to other persons who may be required to intervene as necessary.
  3. Up to an hour can be scheduled between appointments to avoid meeting anyone while entering or exiting.
  4. Information about yourself can be used to pursue payment in the event of non-payment, cancelled or bad cheques or misrepresentation of income.


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