What happens in a therapy session?
Therapy can vary from person to person, depending on goals and life circumstances. Typically therapy follows the same overarching pattern.
You and your therapist will determine your goals for therapy, the barriers that have prevented you from meeting those goals, and how to address the barriers.
You and your therapist will work on establishing safety and stabilization. It will be important to feel safe and secure with your therapist, the therapeutic process and dealing with difficult emotions that may arise in treatment.
This is the processing phase, where you will begin to identify and address the root causes of your difficulties. This could include changing relationship dynamics or addressing childhood trauma. This tends to be the longest phase of therapy.
This is the reconnection phase, now that you have resolved some of the root causes that brought you to therapy you can determine how you want your life to look.
How long does therapy take?
The length of therapy varies from person to person and is dependent on many different variables. Some cases are simple and some are more complex, your therapist will be able to give you an idea of how long therapy could take during your initial assessment.
What can I expect from first therapy session?
When you arrive to 15 Gallie Court Suite 110 you will take a seat in our waiting room. Your therapist will meet you there and lead you to her office. You will go over the necessary paperwork and sign a terms of service agreement. Once the paperwork is complete your therapist will discuss what brought you in, what you hope to gain or accomplish in therapy and how to get there. You will also have the opportunity to ask your therapist any questions you may have.
What is the difference between a psychotherapist, counsellor, psychologist and psychiatrist?
Therapist and counsellor are often used interchangeably. Sometimes the distinction between the two have to do with educational background. Therapists tend to focus less on assigning labels to people and more on helping them address the issues that prevent them from living life the way they would like to.
A psychologist could be a researcher who conducts studies, a clinician who administers psychological tests and makes diagnoses, a therapist who provides counselling or does a combination of all the above. Generally speaking psychologists often focus on assessments and diagnosis, the cost to see a psychologist is typically higher and the wait time to get an appointment is longer.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing mental illness and prescribing medication. They don’t typically provide counselling.
Should I be taking medication?
Talking to a medical doctor about medication is often the best first step. Psychiatric medication is known to be most helpful for severe mental illness. Neuroscience can’t yet tell us exactly how but research shows that medication can lower the intensity of symptoms but doesn’t eliminate them altogether. Taking medication is not a silver bullet that will make everything better, but for some individuals it can be helpful.
Can you give me a diagnosis or prescribe medication?
Only medical doctors can make a diagnosis or prescribe medication, typically psychiatrists specialize in this. Speaking with your doctor is a good first step.
What should I look for in a therapist?
Choosing the right therapist can feel overwhelming sometimes. Here are a few criteria to help aid in the process.
You feel safe and comfortable
You’re likely going to be sharing some experiences that can create vulnerability, it’s important that your therapist is empathetic, authentic and creates a feeling of comfort, non-judgement and safety so that you can feel open to share and trust the therapeutic relationship.
2. Your therapist is skilled and confident
Your therapist should be able to clearly understand your goals and feel confident in their experience and skills to treat the identified issue. For example if you are dealing with PTSD or trauma related symptoms you want to find a therapist who is trauma based and has experience in trauma modalities. Your therapist should be able to share this treatment plan with you and always be able to explain why they are doing what they are doing.
3. They’ve done their own therapy
Therapists who have gained insight and awareness often have the ability to relate to others in a deeper more meaningful way, because they understand that we all suffer and life can be difficult, but with some inner work we can experience profound positive change. Therapists who have experienced this personally are typically naturally compassionate and able to connect.
Is therapy covered by my benefits?
The majority of insurance plans cover therapy with Registered Social Worker (RSW) or a Registered Psychotherapist (RP). Every insurance company offers several different policies with different coverage for different services. The best way to ensure coverage for our therapists is to contact your insurance provider.
-check under your extended health section of your insurance company’s website for coverage for therapy with a MSW or RP (registered psychotherapist)
-call your insurance company and ask if you are covered
If your benefits only cover psychological services billed through a psychologist several of our therapists who work with a psychologist can accommodate.
What is the cost of therapy?
Our fee is $120-150$/ hour plus HST for psychotherapists. Your Social Worker will be HST exempt
Fee for psychological services (if benefit provider requires billing through psychologist) $150/hr