And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
∼ Anaïs Nin
Psychotherapy is an investment in yourself. It is a collaborative treatment based on the therapeutic relationship between the client and psychologist. Also known as talk therapy, it is grounded in dialogue and a supportive environment that allows you to speak openly with a psychologist who is supportive, neutral and non-judgmental. For some, being able to talk freely about problems brings some relief, and it provides an experience where you may be able to see your problems in a different light.
Your relationship with your psychotherapist is the agent that can affect change. By creating a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship, you and your psychologist will work collaboratively to identify the changes you want to see in both yourself, your relationships and in your home and work environments.
The beginning phase of the psychotherapy process is typically marked by your psychologist helping to clarify what is troubling you, and you have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how your problems may be impacting other areas of your life. You will then discover alternative ways of thinking, behaving and managing emotions. As you go along, you and your psychologist will work together to assess your progress and determine if your original goals must be reformulated or expanded.
You will learn new skills that will allow you to see yourself and the world differently. Your resiliency will be strengthened, allowing you to better cope with future challenges. Through your work in a collaborative and safe environment, you will expand your inner strengths and self-awareness, creating meaningful, desired and long-lasting changes.
The psychotherapy process begins with a brief phone consultation about why you are seeking treatment and whether the psychologist is able to help. You will also discuss when you can schedule your first appointment.
Prior to the initial session, you will fill out new client paperwork to bring into the session. These will either be sent to you via a secure online portal, or you may complete them in the waiting room before the start of your initial session.
Your first appointment
During the initial session, your psychologist will guide the session by asking questions about your current problems and the history of these issues. You will also discuss other areas of your life, including work/school, your relationships, and your family history. An important part of the initial session is discussing your goals for treatment. It is important not to rush this process, and it is likely that the initial assessment may take more than one session.
By the end of the assessment phase of treatment, you should have a new understanding of your problem, a treatment plan, and a new sense of hope.
Both the initial session and weekly psychotherapy sessions are 45-50 minutes in length.