FAQ: When To Seek Psychotherapy?

You don’t have to be “crazy” to need therapy. Life can lose focus and become unmanageable sometimes, even for the best of us…the emotional pain can become overwhelming as well. In your therapy, there is a safe space for you to process your life in order to relieve the pain and bring your life back to order.

People enter therapy with the following concerns:

“I want to recover from a difficult life event. Something major happened at work. I have been mistreated. A relationship went bad in my life. I have been hurt.”

“My anxiety is too much. I worry at work. My mind is full of thoughts when I am supposed to be falling asleep.”

“My depression is too painful. I am sad and tearful a lot and everything seems like such a drag. I don’t enjoy my hobbies like I used to.”

“I want to improve my life. Things are OK, I am successful, but something is missing. I feel unfulfilled in my relationships. I am in the best years of my life, is that it?”

FAQ: Different Types of Therapy – How to Chose What is Right For Me ?

A wide range of therapies is practiced around town. Clinicians, researchers, and academics practice, develop and discuss therapy.; still, a person who seeks therapy, such as perhaps you, may find it difficult to make an informed choice. You may follow a recommendation for a therapist who had been helpful o a friend… but, it is a less enviable position if you are trying to decide among several recommendations;  “Should I go to the mindfulness* therapist? My yoga teacher mentioned that mindfulness is the best? Or, should I see that CBT* counselor who has her office close to my home. My doctor recommends that CBT book…Also, my auntie Bertha, the one who used to sing to her flowers and tour with a theater company… I have heard that she has been in psychoanalysis* for years! That was, like, a hundred years ago. I don’t want to go to therapy for YEARS! ”

Here is one answer from a clinician who has been in the field for ten years. Ask someone you admire to recommend a therapist. If you have a more specific concern, like trauma or an eating disorder, you may prefer to find a therapist who has that specialty. Schedule some sessions with this, needless to say, well-qualified and professional therapist and get a sense of how you feel in the sessions. If you feel like the therapist can understand your situation, if the therapy stirs something in you and makes you see the light at the end of the tunnel, that is great, you found your match! If not, no big deal. Talk to the therapist about your concerns and see what they say. They are (hopefully) professionals committed to finding the best solution for you.

P.S. Whether therapy should take place in a hospital, CLSC, private practice, community organization, etc. is a matter for another post, but in short, often the reality is that public access to therapy can be somewhat complicated or limited. You may have to wait on a waitlist for months and then only be able to receive 10 therapy sessions, etc.

Money is an important consideration in therapy when you use a clinician in private practice. You may want to do a budget for your therapy. Anything that is worthwhile usually has a cost, right? You may feel more confident in the therapy process if you planned for it financially and discussed it with your therapist.

FAQ: What Is It Like to Be in Psychotherapy?

Therapy is a clinical process designed to help you reduce your symptoms, live your life in a more open, meaningful and genuine way, remove obstacles and meet your life goals and face challenges with more flexibility and strength.

Psychotherapy has three stages:

When you start therapy, you meet with a therapist to discuss your concerns. These initial meetings are called assessment. You are assessing how you feel with the therapist and she is assessing if she can help you. The therapist will ask you questions to establish the basis for effective therapy. Questions could include your family history, medical history and goals and expectations for therapy. During the assessment, you should get a feel if therapy with this clinician (for instance, with me) could work for you.

Once the therapy itself begins, the sessions are left open for your to start. This is key in order to follow your process in a gentle and detailed manner. You bring in whatever comes to mind. I am trained to help you understand your situation in a new light and help you reflect on what could be hiding beneath the surface level.

Finally, the feelings and concerns after being examined in this profound way start making sense, where they were random or hurtful before. This is going to result in a change in your life. Therapy  is a gentle process, but do not be fooled, it has long-lasting and powerful results. When you and your therapist feel, your work together is done, you begin on finalizing the therapy process and terminate.

 FAQ: What Are the Appointment Hours?

Weekday availability is the following:

  • from 8 am to 4 pm and,
  • from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

FAQ: What Is the Cancellation Policy?

Sessions are usually scheduled on a weekly basis. You may reschedule a session with advance notice. If you miss or cancel your appointment on a short notice (less than 24-hours on a business day) you will be required to pay for the missed session.

FAQ: What Languages Do You Speak?

I work in English and Polish. French is available for referral services only.

FAQ: Do You offer Couples or Family Therapy?

Individual therapy as  well as couples therapy is available.

 FAQ: What Are the Fees for Psychotherapy?

Individual psychotherapy fee is $120 for a 50-minute session. Limited sliding-scale fee sessions may be available during daytime hours. Please ask.

Group psychotherapy fee is $200 for 90 minutes and a couples session fee is $150 for a 50-minute session.

You can pay by cash, check or e-interac.

FAQ: Does Insurance Cover Any of the Fees?

Psychotherapy fees could be covered, in part or in full, by your private health insurance. Please contact your insurance company for details, inquiring specifically if your plan covers sessions with a psychotherapist. Be aware that often, the insurance covers only a limited amount.
Most persons self pay for therapy, receiving their medical expenses receipt to use for tax purposes.