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Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is not simply going for a walk or a coffee with a friend who listens. Our approach is not based on a hunch or your feelings, but is based on research that shows it works. Our therapies may include cognitive behavioural, mindfulness, brief solution-focused, psychodynamic, or meaning centred. We provide an unbiased compassionate approach to the problems you present. Our clients tell us that when online/self-help methods, coaching, or medication alone has failed, we have been successful!

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

In the first session, your basic information and informed consent is obtained (can be reviewed online before your first appointment). Your therapist will ask you about your presenting issue and as well as your background to understand the context of the issue you present (e.g., physical and emotional health history, important relationships, and current school/work/family status). This first session reviews payment, cancelations, and scheduling future sessions. By the end of the first session you and your therapist will have discussed the goals for working together, how therapy will look in future sessions, and any questions you have.

After the first session, you will meet regularly (usually once weekly) to address the goals of therapy, using the treatment modality discussed in the first session. In each session the therapist will check-in to discuss your progress/feedback from the previous session, review homework (if relevant), and continue to work on the presenting issue. Therapy is provided in a supportive and non-threatening manner, designed to help you gain the maximum benefit from the sessions. If something is not working, this is discussed in the session to guide future sessions.

In the last one or two sessions time will be taken to summarize the work that was accomplished during the sessions as related to the initial goals of therapy, including your satisfaction and expectations for therapy. Time will be taken to discuss how to ensure the insights/skills/growth acquired in therapy can continue to help you after therapy has ended. 

WHAT TYPES OF PSYCHOTHERAPY DO YOU OFFER?

Our clinicians provide effective evidence-based psychotherapies, including Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Interpersonal (IPT), Solution-Focused, Hypnotherapy, Guided Imagery, Depth Therapy, Humanistic, Brief Psychodynamic, and others. If you are looking for a specific type of therapy, ask our clinical intake coordinator.

Psychotherapy is a transformational process that occurs in the context of therapeutic relationship (a “connection”) between the client and the therapist. Sessions are in-person, in-office, one-on-one with your therapist. Online/remote therapy (e.g., video-conference, telephone) is provided in some instances (e.g., illness, severe weather, long-distance travel). Unless otherwise arranged, sessions are 50 minutes in length (with remaining 10 minutes of the hour for formulation and note taking). 

Our clinicians provide effective psychotherapy to those who have not responded well to other approaches, that is, when online or other self-help methods, coaching, or medication alone have failed. 

Reach out now. Our Intake Coordinator will answer your questions and match you with your therapist.