I have compiled a list of the most frequent questions that clients or potential clients ask about my therapeutic services and approach. It is normal and encouraged for clients to ask many questions when choosing to work with a therapist. Here are some answers to the questions I receive the most. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please get in touch.
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER THERAPY?
Therapy might be for you if you are interested in:
Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
Gaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Developing skills for improving your relationships
Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
I USUALLY HANDLE THINGS ON MY OWN.
While this isn't a question, it is a statement I hear often. People are concerned about asking for help. Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. Therapy can provide long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to navigate difficult emotions, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
WHAT TECHNIQUES DO YOU USE?
I use a combination of approaches which largely depend on what my clients need. Some examples include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) & Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Relational Life Therapy
Rational Emotive Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy
Exposure Response Prevention Therapy
Family Systems Therapy
WHAT EXACTLY IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Psychotherapy (also known as talk-therapy) is a critical part of treatment plans designed to help manage and improve our mental health. This is especially important for people suffering from depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorders, for example.
The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) is in the process of regulating the practice of psychotherapy. You can find out more here: http://www.crpo.ca/controlled-act-of-psychotherapy/
WHY DO PEOPLE GO TO THERAPY?
People have many different motivations for coming to therapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well.
Other people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, personal and/or professional conflicts and creative blocks.
Therapy can also help provide people with some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through difficult periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.
IS THIS CONFIDENTIAL?
The information you share in sessions is confidential. I will require your written permission to share information regarding your treatment and/or attendance for treatment. However, by law, there are some instances that permit me to disclose confidential information. Those situations are:
If you appear in imminent danger of doing serious harm to yourself or another person. I am legally mandated to intervene (i.e. call an emergency contact or family member, contact the police, and/or the potential victim).
If I have reason to believe that a child or an elderly person has been the victim of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse or neglect (by you or any other person), the appropriate authorities will be informed.
If there is a court order or summons presented for my attendance in court and/or release of your records. This could also occur in the event an insurance claim is detested.
If you reveal another health care practitioner has abused you, I am legally obligated to report this activity to that practitioner’s regulating body.
If the need arises for me to contact a relative, friend, or potential substitute decision maker. This would be required if you are injured, ill, or incapacitated and unable to provide consent personally.