frequently asked questions

Is this therapy right for me?

Seeking out therapy is a personal choice. Working with a counsellor can support you by providing insight, and new strategies when you are confronted by life challenges. Depression, anxiety, anger, panic attacks, conflict, grief, stress, body-image issues, gender identity issues, self-esteem, and general life transitions are some of the reasons which motivate many of us to seek professional guidance. Psychotherapy is right for anyone who is intent in getting, in the shortest time possible, the most out of their life.

Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through difficult situations in life, and while you may have successfully conquered previous, there is merit in seeking out professional support when you feel you are at that special cross roads and you need it. It takes courage to make the decision to change a present painful situation. Seeking professional support to find effective solutions shows responsible behaviour. Psychotherapy offers you tried and tested tools to help you find more helpful behaviours which will enable you to get what you want from your future.

How can therapy help me?

The purpose of any form of counselling (psychotherapy) teaching or coaching is to give you the tools you need to better manage emotional upheaval so that you can better enjoy your life.

Counsellors can also be a tremendous resource to the managing of personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the daily hassles of life. Counsellors 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:

  • Getting a better understanding of yourself as a unique individual
  • Understanding the motivation of behaviour in general
  • Exploring your wants, your goals and your values and attitudes
  • Developing skills for improving all your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress, panic and anxiety
  • Learning strategies to influence others
  • Improving communication and listening skills
  • Choosing new, more effective behavioural patterns
  • Exploring the roots of self-esteem and self-confidence

What is this therapy like?

A therapy session is unique to each individual. Discussion of the primary issues bringing you to therapy is the standard during your first session. It is common at that time to plan a number of weekly sessions according to the work which needs to be done. Each session lasts around fifty five minutes.

The therapy I use is short-term and it focuses the specific issue in the present – the past cannot be changed and the future depends on the actions you are taking today!Self-evaluation and exploration of more effective and responsible choices guides therapy. At times you will be asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book/article,or keeping notes to track certain behaviours. For therapy to be effective you, the client, must be an active participant, both, during and between the sessions. It is imperative that you take responsibility toward in the changes you want in your life.

Is medication a substitute for therapy?

It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved by medication. Medication treats the symptoms. Therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the ineffective behavior patterns that the client is presently choosing. Psychotherapy is,infact, the larger part of the holistic approach to our well-being (physical, psychological and social).

Does e-counselling work?

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What are we being prescribed?

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Is therapy confidential?

By law the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist is protected. No information is ever disclosed without prior written permission from the client.

However, there are some exceptions, which include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist 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.

 

 

social media policy

It is important that you understand how I conduct myself on the Internet as a mental health professional and how you can expect me to respond to various interactions that may occur between us on the Internet.

Facebook friending

I do not accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any social networking site (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc). I believe that adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise your confidentiality and our respective privacy. It may also blur the boundariesof our therapeutic relationship. If you have questions about this, please bring them up when we meet and we can talk more about it.

Email

I prefer using email only to arrange or modify appointments.

It is safer not to email me content related to your therapy sessions, as email is not completely secure or confidential. If you chooseto communicate with me by email, be aware that all emails are retained in the logs of your and my Internet service providers. While it is unlikely that someone will be looking at these logs, they are, in theory, available to be read by the system administrator(s) of the Internet service provider.

Please be aware that any emails I receive from you and any responses that I send to you become a part of your legal record.