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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

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  • What is Psychotherapy?
    Psychotherapy is a treatment with a licensed professional using Psychological methods. It involves a collaboration between a Psychotherapist and a client like you. Using effective strategies supported by research, you work together to address problems or concerns that impact your well-being. The goal is to help you feel well and give you the skills to manage current and future issues healthily and helpfully.
  • Is Psychotherapy right for me?
    Guess what? If you're human, then you automatically qualify! There is a misconception that you must suffer from a severe mental illness to attend Psychotherapy. Think of therapy as preventative wellness. Like anything, seeking therapy is a personal choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes, it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues. Other times, it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life, such as a divorce, a loss or a work transition. Working with a Registered Psychotherapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all of life's challenges. Therapy is suitable for anyone interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness and working towards change.
  • Do I need Psychotherapy? I can usually handle my problems.
    Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties, there's nothing wrong with seeking extra support when you need it. Therapy is for people with enough self-awareness to realize they need help, which is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting your position and committing to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools to manage triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
  • How can Psychotherapy help me?
    Several benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for problems such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body-image issues and trauma. Many people also find that therapists can be a tremendous asset in managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a refreshing perspective on a complex problem or point you toward a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include: Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and your values Developing skills for improving your relationships Finding a resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures Improving communication and listening skills Changing old behaviour patterns and developing new ones Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
  • What is a Psychotherapy session like?
    Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific treatment goals and needs. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary/presenting concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is expected to schedule a series of weekly or bi-weekly sessions, each lasting around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues. For treatment to be most effective, you must actively participate during and between the sessions. It is essential that what has been discussed is integrated into your life between sessions. Sometimes, you are asked to take specific actions outside the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviours (homework). People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy: Compassion, respect and understanding Perspectives to highlight persistent patterns and negative feelings Fundamental strategies for enacting positive change Effective and proven techniques, along with practical guidance
  • How many sessions do I need?
    This depends on several factors. Consider how long it took for the problem to get this bad. For example, if this has been a concern in your life for 20 years, we won't be able to resolve it in one session. 1. Are you willing to actively participate in your healing? 2. Will you complete homework and suggested readings as assigned? 3. Will your attendance be regular and consistent? 4. Will you come to your session prepared? If you answered "yes" to the above four questions, you would likely progress in fewer sessions than those who answered "no." My goal is not to have you in therapy forever; my goal is to empower you and provide you with the skills you need so that you can eventually move forward with your life in a positive direction.
  • Is medication a substitute for therapy?
    Sometimes, a combination of medication and therapy is the best approach. You can determine what's best for you by working with your medical doctor. Many long-term and complex mental health and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behaviour patterns that interfere with our progress. You can achieve sustainable growth and greater well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
  • Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
    To determine if you have Psychotherapy coverage, you should first check with your benefits provider. Check your coverage carefully and ask the following questions: Do I have coverage for Psychotherapy Services? If so, how much? Is there a maximum amount covered per Therapy session? Is a letter of recommendation required from my primary care physician? How do I submit my Psychotherapy receipts for reimbursement?
  • Is therapy confidential?
    The law generally protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. There are some legal and ethical exceptions, which include: If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police and Inform the potential victim. If a client declares an intention to end their own life, an appropriate family member, health care professional (or police if necessary) will be informed. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. If there is a court order to release a client's file. If a child is deemed at risk or in need of protection due to neglect or physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. In that case, the therapist has an obligation to Inform Family and Children's Services. If the client discloses that they have been sexually abused by a healthcare professional. That healthcare professional will need to be reported. If there is a need to share information with a clinical supervisor, another practice associate, or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario for supervision or auditing purposes.

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