Why do people seek therapy?
People come into counselling for many reasons. Some need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair, therapy can help. Counselling or talk therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, stress management, body image issues, and creative blocks. People seeking counselling are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.
What can I expect in a counselling session?
During sessions you are expected to talk about the primary concerns and issues in your life. A session lasts 50 minutes, but some people request longer sessions. Ideally weekly sessions are best but this depends on your schedule and sometimes on your budget. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress sometimes need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes. During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about and process what was discussed. At times, you may be asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records. For therapy to "work," you must be an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
A number of benefits are available from participating in counselling. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or assist you in finding in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life. 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 and your personal goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications skills - learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
- Getting "unstuck" from unhealthy patterns - breaking old behaviors and develop new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
What if I don't know what my goals are for therapy?
If you aren't sure what your goals are for therapy, our first task is to help you figure that out! It may take several sessions before a direction is clarified. During the course of therapy your goals may change. However, establishing a direction for therapy will help you get the most out of the experience.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
Yes my services are very likely covered by your insurance benefits package. I am happy to discuss this further to assist you in understanding the process. You will be given receipts for your payment.
What if I work full time or frequently travel for business or leisure?
Telephone and video counselling are available as are weekend, early morning and evening hours when requested.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a counselllor. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are some of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or neglect. Should there be a concen about apparent, suspected or potential child abuse or neglect, the therapist is required by law to report to the appropriate authorities immediately
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to seriously harm himself or herself, especially if his/her own life is at risk. The therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.
- Abuse by a Health Care Professional. If a client reports sexual abuse by a Regulated Health Care Professional, the therapist is required to report this to the Professional's regulartory body for investigation(i.e.College of Physicians and Surgeons, College of Nurses etc).
- A Court Order. When the court issues a summons for records or testimony.