Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question not addressed below, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Why choose Hummingbird?

Holistic Approach: It takes a village to raise a child and we work to gain a thorough understanding of their entire world— home, school and other social influences, in order to provide informed, thorough assessments and develop a treatment plan focused on improving their lives.

Comprehensive Services: We offer professional counselling, coaching, consultation and assessment services that are tailored to your child and designed to provide the support your child needs to succeed–in a safe and nurturing environment. Dr. Anita Burhanpurkar has the experience and qualifications you can trust.

One-on-One Care: At Hummingbird, your child will meet with the same psychologist at each session you will have ample opportunity to ask questions and be involved in the process. Our aim is to help children feel comfortable and ultimately, develop a rapport with their psychologist.


Are psychological services covered under OHIP?
Unfortunately, no, psychological services are not covered by OHIP.  However, the entire fee, or part of the fee, is often covered by your group insurance plan and is tax deductible. We strongly recommend you inquire with your insurance company to determine the amount of coverage prior to booking your services.  Hummingbird will provide you with a receipt to submit to your insurance company.  A referral from your family physician is not required for our services but may be requested by your insurance company.
What type of payments do you accept?
We accept cash, cheque or e-transfer. We are unable to accept payment by debit or credit card.
How much do you charge for your services?
We charge a flat fee for assessment services.  Counselling and consultation services are charged by the hour. Please contact us directly for information on our fees.


How do I book an appointment?
Complete the contact form to request a call back or call us at 905-699-0003 and we will return your call promptly.
Do you provide services for adults?
Hummingbird specializes exclusively in the care and treatment of children and adolescents. We do see young adults up to the age of 21 years. We also provide consultation and coaching services to parents in areas directly related to their child/children. From helping parents navigate the support available to their children to offering parenting strategies, we can help. Visit our Services page for detailed information.
Who comes to the first appointment?
The first appointment is reserved for the parents only in order to obtain a full understanding of the child’s needs and history. Children are seen individually during subsequent sessions.
What is the minimum age for an assessment?
Children can be assessed at a young age to determine their learning and behavioural strengths and needs. Diagnosis will depend on the overall findings of the assessment. Please contact us directly for more information.
What is the maximum age for services?
Hummingbird provides assessment services for young adults up to the age of 21 years. Most often, assessments are sought by individuals who are leaving secondary school and looking for updated assessment information to assist in their transition to a post-secondary institution.
What can I expect from an assessment?
Prior to meeting with your child, Dr. Burhanpurkar will meet with you to fully explain the assessment process and obtain a detailed history.

Hummingbird’s comprehensive assessment service can take approximately six to eight hours, broken into sessions of one to two hours, depending on the age and abilities of the individual.  

Following the assessment, Dr. Burhanpurkar will meet with you to describe the assessment findings and provide you with a thorough, written report.


Will the report go to my child’s school or family physician?
Psychological services are confidential. The report cannot be shared with physicians, schools or employers, unless parents first give their express written consent.  Parents receive a copy of the report and are able to share it with those involved in their child’s care at their discretion. Parents often choose to share assessment findings with their child’s school to support their access to services.
Will this prevent my child from getting support in university?
No. In fact, colleges and universities accept and support students with a diverse range of learning and mental health needs but may ask you for a copy of the psychological report to better inform their provision of services.