What is Psychotherapy?

The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association defines counselling as “a relational process based upon the ethical use of specific, professional competencies to facilitate human change". Counselling addresses wellbeing, relationships, personal growth, career development, mental health, and psychological illness or distress. The counselling process is characterised by the application of recognised cognitive, affective, expressive, somatic, spiritual, developmental behavioural learning and systemic principles. Often issues arise in the course of our life that effect our emotional well-being. Sometimes despite a strong network of family and friends, we need professional psychotherapy to help us get through these challenges in our life.

How long does therapy last?

Everybody is different. Together, we will determine the duration of therapy that is right for you. Many people have a sense of when their therapy has been successfully completed. The issues that were initially present are now resolved. You will notice you have renewed energy, interest and enthusiasm about various aspects of your life as well as the confidence to embrace new challenges.

How do I know you are the right therapist for me?

How can you know?  The therapeutic relationship is integral to effective therapy. In your first session, and as the relationship develops, you and your therapist will work together to help you accomplish your therapeutic goals. It can take a little time to develop the therapist/client relationship but in the  event you feel your therapist is not right for you, we can signpost you to other therapists.

How confidential is our therapy sessions?

The therapeutic relationship is entirely confidential. We will not talk to anybody about what we have discussed in session – unless permission is expressly given by you. That includes to family members i.e. parents and spouse. The only time we have a duty to break therapeutic confidentiality is if you share with us plans to harm yourself or others.