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What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a way to help people with a broad variety of mental challenges and emotional difficulties. It could help eliminate or control troubling symptoms, with a view to the person being able to function better and increase well-being and healing.

Initial Consultation

Before beginning therapy, an Initial Consultation of 90 minutes is offered to establish the needs of the person. Psychotherapy may not be for everyone so this will determine the goals sought as well as understanding what brought the person to therapy.  Some preliminary information will be taken on both personal and family history. 

The Sessions 

 

Two types of therapy are offered: Open-Ended, which deals in longstanding and complex issues, and Time-Limited, which deals with immediate issues.  

 

Therapy sessions are held on an agreed day and time, once-weekly for 50 minutes and these are the secured times for the person in therapy and are not offered to anyone else.  Because of this, missed sessions are payable in full, unless the practice is closed.

Both parties need to be actively involved in psychotherapy.  The trust and relationship between a person and their therapist is essential to working together effectively and benefitting from the work.

This is a confidential environment and provides a secure place to better understand  oneself.  Sessions are either in-person or delivered via Zoom.

 

Does Psychotherapy Work?

 

Research shows that most people who receive psychotherapy experience symptom relief and are better able to function in their lives.

About 75 percent of people who enter psychotherapy show some benefit from it*.  Psychotherapy has been shown to improve emotions and behaviours and to be linked with positive changes in the brain and body.  (A.P. A.)

*American Psychological Association. Understanding psychotherapy and how it works. 2016. http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/understanding-psychotherapy.aspx