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Frequently Asked Questions

Comprehensive Answers

What can therapy do for me?

Psychotherapy can help you feel more in control of your own life. I provide a safe and secure place to discuss difficult and sensitive topics. The therapy room is a place to explore issues that are troubling you or causing you distress. Together, we can work towards implementing effective strategies for both problem solving and coping with daily life. You may feel a greater understanding of yourself, an improved sense of confidence and less alone through attending therapy. Ultimately, therapy is a process of both healing and learning. 

I've never been to therapy before, what can I expect?

Starting therapy can be daunting! Telling a stranger the most intimate details of your personal life can seem overwhelming. My goal as your therapist is to make you feel comfortable and listened to. You can expect a range of questions based on what topics you want to share in session. Sometimes various assessments are used (when appropriate) to gauge where you are with certain symptoms. Loads of empathy, understanding and problem solving when required are all elements of therapy. Depending on your level of commitment and engagement to therapy you may experience a deeper understanding of yourself, your emotions, your thoughts and the way you are existing in the world.

How long does each therapy session take?

I offer 60 minute sessions and 90 minute sessions.

Do you offer sliding scale rates?

Yes, depending on circumstances. Sliding rate scales will be offered on a case by case basis.

My spouse/partner/friend/roommate thinks I need therapy, do I?

Sometimes those closest to us can sense that our life has become either stressful or unmanageable. Someone close to you may have suggested you give therapy a try to see if it would be helpful. The truth is, timing is important. If you feel ready to enter therapy and are willing to be present and committed then you are well on your way. However, in some circumstances we may feel pressured to enter therapy when we are just not ready for it. This will greatly affect the outcome of your treatment and you may even feel resentful about being there! Before entering therapy please consider how ready you are for the journey along with your willingness to make changes in your life.

What style of therapy do you practice?

I take a generalist approach to treatment. This means I know a lot about many topics and issues. At the same time my theoretical orientation is eclectic - I use a wide variety of techniques in my therapy sessions. You will see Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Person Centred, Existential, Solution Focused and Motivational Interviewing strategies all within my work. You may be wondering which approach is best? Research shows that regardless of approach talk therapy works! I like to blend my styles to enhance the experience for myself and my clients.

What can therapy help me with?

There are many reasons we may seek therapy. In general, when a certain situation or life circumstance has caused us to feel out of sorts or unsatisfied with our lives we may seek therapy. Other common topics that therapy can help with are:

  • Anxiety

  • Chronic pain / disability 

  • Depression

  • Eating Disorders

  • Grief & Loss

  • Gender & Sexuality

  • Hopelessness

  • Life transitions (divorce, mid-life, college graduation, etc).

  • Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse

  • Relationship difficulties 

  • Sexual problems

  • Substance abuse

  • Stress-related health concerns 

  • Self-destructive behaviour

  • Spiritual issues

  • Self Esteem Challenges

How long will I need to be in therapy?

Healing is a process. Entering therapy and committing to the process can take time. Some people may have a very specific situation they would like to work on while others have larger ongoing curiosities such as feeling less anxious about aging, or discovering more about what their purpose is. This kind of discovery takes time and patience. Therapy is not a quick fix, and it is generally recommended clients complete at least 8 sessions for best results. However,  How long you would like to be in therapy is up to you, you know yourself best! The length of time you decide to stay in therapy will also depend on the situation you would like to work on.

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