Frequently Asked Questions About Psychotherapy
Who may benefit from psychotherapy and counselling
People come to therapy with many different issues in mind. Some are facing changes and transitions in their lives. Others need help in managing stress or dealing with a range of clinical problems, such as anxiety disorders or depression. Other clients may be struggling with relationship issues.
Together, we will be able to choose the best therapy strategy to meet your specific needs.
Our theoretical approach to mental health issues is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Numerous studies have shown CBT to be the most effective psychological treatment for anxiety and mood disorders. CBT helps people change their thoughts and behaviour in order to improve the way they feel. CBT approach has proven to be very helpful to people with low self esteem and to those who feel they lack assertiveness needed to succeed in life.
Individuals who are seeking therapy in order to resolve a specific problem in their life or those who need help in making an important decision may benefit from a short term Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
Couples counselling involves working in a safe environment where each partner can express his or her thoughts and feelings.
Parents will benefit from learning strategies for dealing with their children's issues and behaviors.
Is coming for therapy a sign of weakness or strength
Some people are reluctant to come to therapy because they see asking for help as a weakness. They may feel ashamed that they are not able to cope with their problems on their own.
Starting therapy is a first step toward changing unhelpful patterns that may have been preventing you to live your live to the fullest. It takes courage to acknowledge that you have a problem and this acknowledgement is in itself the beginning of a change process.
What to expect
After an initial telephone consultation, the first appointment is scheduled.
Usually the first one or two sessions are used to assess the situation and to establish therapy goals, however, in some cases one or two session consultation may be all you need.
Appointments usually last 50 minutes; however, some people prefer longer sessions, which can be accomodated.
Everything discussed between counsellor and client is strictly confidential.
No one will be aware of what we discussed, unless you share it with them. The only exceptions would be:
A court order issued for release of information
If a client demonstrates a clear and imminent danger to himself or another
In the case of suspected child abuse or neglect
If a client reports sexual abuse by a regulated health care professional