WHAT TO EXPECT IN PSYCHOTHERAPY
Psychotherapy involves a broad range of professional activities and services. This section offers information about some of the most common.
MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING
During your first visit, questions will be asked about the presence of symptoms such as anxiety, panic, low mood, substance use, history of concussions, and trauma exposure. Your answers inform the direction of the interview and the types of questionnaires that would be most helpful to better understand your concerns.
MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Mental health conditions are treatable. Your responses in the interview and on questionnaires help the doctor to determine the pattern(s) of illness (e.g., a diagnosis) and to formulate a treatment approach.
Starting at the first visit, treatment plans are developed collaboratively with clients, and re-examined over time to ensure progress in areas of priority.
Counselling offers short term support to clients facing life stressors and transitions, such as divorce, separation, job loss, grief, and coping with a partner's physical or mental health condition (including addiction). Services are tailored to meet your needs.
Sessions help clients learn to recognize patterns (stress, anxiety/mood, anger, relational), what triggers them, and their impact. With this information, clients are invited to make choices about the kind of change(s) they seek, and therapeutic work is oriented towards eliciting these shifts.
FOCUS ON HEALING
Therapeutic support can help clients cope with changes that emerge during or after an illness. Anxiety, depression, anger, grief, sleep problems, and changes in physical appearance or functioning are common, and may be difficult to discuss with family and friends. Tools and strategies are often introduced to enhance coping, communication, and social support.
INFORMED BY SCIENCE
The strategies, techniques and tools used to assist clients have been carefully studied and found to be effective in clinical research. Clinical approaches to care are also informed by current clinical practice guidelines.
Sometimes, clients' goals for recovery are best served when there is coordination with your medical team. As a Health Psychologist, my role is to identify when this level of care is in your best interest, and to discuss this option with you.