Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a psychologist as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a psychologist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
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. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
How can therapy help me?
Psychotherapy has a number of important benefits. Psychologists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that a psychologist can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Psychologists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of 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 values.
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy.
- Developing skills for improving your relationships.
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones.
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety.
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures.
- Improving communications and listening skills.
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage.
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence.
What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for psychologists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to put into practice what has been discussed in therapy and to integrate what you have learned into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
- Compassion, respect and understanding.
- Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings.
- Real strategies for enacting positive change.
Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance.
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. By working with your medical doctor you can determine if medication is an option for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
What are your fees? What methods of payment do you accept?
You may pay by cash or cheque. Credit cards and Interac are not accepted. A receipt is provided at the frequency of your liking (e.g. weekly, monthly).
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
- Is there a maximum amount that is reimbursed per year?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
- Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
You are required to pay at the end of each session. A receipt is provided which can be mailed to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.
If you go over your yearly amount that is reimbursed by your insurance carrier, you can keep your receipt and ask your accountant if you can claim a portion of the amount as a medical expense when your yearly income tax is filed.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychologist. No information is disclosed without your prior written permission. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The psychologist is required to notify the police.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The psychologist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.
- If mandated by a court of law.
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. A psychologist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
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