What to Expect from Therapy
Typically, people come to therapy when something in their life is distressing them. They are looking for guidance to deal with their struggle and would like to see things be different. They would like to see change for themselves. This is a very good beginning.
You may be seeking therapy for a number of reasons. People look for a therapist when they are feeling confused, depressed, or anxious. They might be feeling a great deal of anger about their life. They may be worried about their relationships or the lack of satisfying relationships. They might be dealing with issues related to their self-esteem, coping with substance abuse issues, addictions, or loneliness. They may be experiencing grief and loss. They may want to explore issues regarding their sexuality, or deal with past traumas.
This may be your first experience in therapy, or you may have done work previously with another therapist or group.
In the beginning you can expect to do a lot of the talking. We will talk both about your current life and relationships, as well as your past. I will ask you about your family and your experiences growing up. I will be listening, taking notes, and developing an understanding of how I may be helpful. I will ask questions as well.
The therapeutic relationship is key, so ensuring that we are a good fit is very important to determine as we begin. As the end of the first session, it may be clear how and if we can work together, and what your goals for therapy are. This can sometimes take more than one session to determine.
Therapy is work. You can expect that I will be non-judgemental and empathic, but you should also expect to be challenged. Change occurs when we face the things that are difficult, so anticipate that there will be a range of feelings you will have throughout the therapy process. This is normal.
Therapy Office Hours
Appointments are available for both day and evening times.
Sessions are not covered by O.H.I.P., however, counselling provided by Registered Social Workers is often supported by extended health care plans. Fees are standard to the field. In a commitment to maintaining an equitable practice, I offer a limited number of spots on a sliding-scale basis for those clients who may not be otherwise able to afford private counselling. As well, referral to on-site psychological services is available for those clients who may benefit.
Read more about what to expect in specific areas of individual, couples' and group therapy