How Can a psychologist help?
Counselling Psychologists have studied human behavior and the brain (including how people think, feel, learn and behave) and have been trained to assist people who are having challenges coping with emotions, thoughts and actions. This can include those experiencing mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, addictive behaviours and childhood behaviour disorders.
What should I expect at my first appointment?
In the first few sessions, I’ll typically ask you questions about yourself, your life, and any presenting problems you would like to work on. Together, we’ll create a plan of how therapy can assist you with these problems, how many sessions it may take, and how frequently we should meet.
How many treatment sessions will be needed?
The length of treatment depends upon several variable including the nature and severity of the problem, the treatment goals selected, and the approach of the psychologist.
Can you prescribe medication if I need it?
Counselling psychologists are not eligible to prescribe medication. However, a psychiatrist can assess you for a prescription, and this can complement your therapy work.
For couples therapy, do we have to attend sessions together?
Ideally, you will attend all sessions together as a couple. In instances where one of you is unable to attend, I can see the person who can attend.
How long are sessions?
Most sessions with individuals are 50 minutes long.
Is the information discussed in therapy confidential?
Communication between a psychologist and their client is protected by law, comparing it to attorney-client privilege. However, there are generally recognized exception to this confidentiality protection. Psychologists have a “duty to warn” if they learn that a client plans to harm themselves or another person, and psychologists are also legally obligated to report child abuse.
Can I have counselling by telephone or online?
For clients who prefer online or telephonic counselling, I do offer this as an option.
How is therapy different than talking to my friends?
Talking with friends is sometimes a good way to get support, but it’s not the same as talking to a professional, trained counselor. Counselling psychologists are highly skilled with specialised training in helping people who are encountering difficulties and challenges in their lives. They can also provide an “outside”, objective perspective that is different than what your friends can provide.
How can I best benefit from my counseling sessions?
- Think about your specific concerns and why you are seeking counseling.
- Discuss a treatment plan that suits you with your counselor.
- Work towards establishing specific goals.
- Attend your sessions as scheduled and arrive on time.
- Be willing to explore behavioral changes outside of your sessions.
- If you feel that the process is not helpful to you, discuss it with your counselor.