- How do I know I need therapy?
The decision to enter into therapy is a highly personal one. People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes a crisis or trauma has provoked intense and overwhelming feelings.
Many people want to enter into therapy for relationship problems, on-the-job stress, self-doubt, and other emotional problems.
Some people feel a more general need to talk about the gulf between what they imagined their lives would be and the circumstances in which they actually find themselves.
We all want to be heard and listened to, and often just talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive and non-judgemental person makes you feel better.
- How can a Psychotherapist help me?
The basic structure of psychotherapy consists of a person meeting with a psychotherapist on a fairly regular basis over a period of time to talk about their problems. The therapist is not there to give advice, but rather to work with people so that they can find their own unique solutions to their problems. Our expertise is in facilitating this process. A psychotherapist is trained to be a professional listener, to help you get to the root of your problems, to overcome emotional challenges and to make positive changes in your life..
- Does therapy work?
Only you can determine if it works or not. Most people who enter into therapy report feeling an overall sense of well being.
It’s important to recognize that therapy is not a fast or easy fix. It’s a process that can be full of surprises and there may even be setbacks. Sometimes, even if your issue seems straightforward, it can turn into something more complicated. It’s important to be patient and trust that things are progressing as they should be.
You should be able to tell within a few sessions if you and your psychotherapist are a good fit, and if you are benefiting from therapy. You won’t be a new person overnight, but you may find that in time your overall mood is improving, you feel more connected to family and friends, and less overwhelmed by the issues that were bothering you.For more information on the effectiveness of Psychotherapy, please take a look at this statement posted on the CAPT website from the American Psychological Association. You can also read about this in our Articles and News section.
- How does Psychotherapy work?
Some people refer to psychotherapy as a “talking treatment” because it generally involves talking to a therapist one-on-one, as a couple, a family, or to a group of people with similar issues.
Therapy can be time-consuming and challenging as you may feel uncomfortable with the emotions and thoughts that therapy is causing you to bring out. But, this is all part of the process.
Psychotherapy helps to give you a fresh perspective on a difficult problem, and helps you find a solution. Psychotherapy helps you to understand yourself better, to develop skills for healthy relationships, and to be a much happier and satisfied person.
However, remember that your therapist cannot do the work for you. In order for therapy to work, you must be a willing participant.
- What is the difference between a psychiatrist, a psychologist, and a psychotherapist?
It can be confusing to know the difference between these titles.
The suffix “-iatry” means “medical treatment,” and “-logy” means “science” or “theory.” So psychiatry is the medical treatment of the psyche, and psychology is the science of the psyche. A psychiatrist can prescribe drugs, and a psychologist cannot.
A psychotherapist is not a medical doctor, nor a scientist and they do not “treat” patients. Instead, psychotherapists are trained to work specifically through talk therapy, which is proven through years of practice to help people live open, honest and satisfying lives.
- Is psychotherapy different from counseling?
Yes. Psychotherapy can sometimes be confused with counseling therapy, and often the words” psychotherapy” and “counseling” are used interchangeably, but as a course of treatment, they are different.
In general, counseling is a more directive approach, which means a counselor will often give advice to help you solve a problem or deal with a personal issue.
Psychotherapy (also known simply as therapy) on the other hand, is working with a therapist to talk through your issues so that you come to a point where you are better able to make your own decisions.
- How is this different from talking to a friend?
In its essence, the therapeutic conversation is very different from the one you would have with a friend. Most importantly, this is all about you.
This offers a safe place to drop into your most personal inner world without having to fear that you’ll be thought “crazy”, and without concern for a friend’s fragility or judgment. In the therapeutic setting, all thoughts and feelings can be explored; your therapist is professionally trained and bound by confidentiality.
- How long does it take to see results?
The therapeutic process is different for everyone. Its direction and duration will vary, depending on the individual and his or her goals and intentions.
Providing safety and confidentiality, the process of psychotherapy involves self-reflection, recollection and the careful accessing of deeper feelings and motivations. Typically, a therapist and client will discuss frequency and length of a therapy based on your needs. It is important to allow the process to evolve in whatever way works for you and fulfills your particular requirements.
Remember that personal growth can be difficult. To evaluate your progress, ask yourself:
- Is my life changing for the better – at work, at home, with my friends?
- Am I meeting the goals I set with my psychotherapist?
- Do I feel like I understand myself better?
- Am I more confident?
- Are my relationships with others improving?
- Will I become dependent on my psychotherapist?
Therapy provides long-lasting benefits, and gives you the tools for transforming your life – for relating better to others, building the life you want for yourself, and coping with whatever challenges come your way.
Over time, increased consciousness helps you to help yourself and minimizes or eliminates your need to continue therapy.
Any concerns you may have about “dependency” can become an important part of your therapy discussions and process.
- What does ‘unconscious’ or ‘subconscious’ mean?
The word ‘unconscious’ refers to those aspects of ourselves of which we are not yet aware; much of what motivates our simplest and even our most complex choices can be obscured, unnoticed and unacknowledged.
The word “subconscious” means a kind of awareness that is just outside conscious reach. The words ‘unconscious’ and ‘subconscious’ are often used interchangeably.
About Toronto Psychotherapists:
- What are the credentials of the therapists on the Toronto Psychotherapists site?
All therapists on the Toronto Psychotherapists site will meet the rigorous membership standards of the Ontario College of Registered Psychotherapists. In addition, many therapists have training in specific treatment approaches. Our therapists are committed to professional development and continuing education.
- Is psychotherapy a regulated health profession?
The Ontario College of Registered Psychotherapists has been the regulatory body for the practice of psychotherapy in Ontario since 2015. All therapists on the Toronto Psychotherapists site meet or exceed the rigorous requirements as set out by the College. For detailed information, you may go to http://www.crpo.ca/
- Will what I reveal about myself be kept private?
Yes. This is a fundamental and crucial tenet of the psychotherapy code of conduct. What is discussed in therapy remains confidential. All members of Toronto Psychotherapists practice psychotherapy ethically and in accordance with strict professional standards. Please refer to our Code of Ethics.
- What specific issues or problems can Toronto Psychotherapists help me with?
Psychotherapy can address a wide range of difficulties associated with what it is to be human, such as anxiety, anger, addiction, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues, trauma, loneliness, alienation and fear. Please see each Toronto therapist’s profile to learn more about the specific reasons their clients see them and how they may be able to help you.
- I know someone who really needs help. Can I refer him/her to a Toronto psychotherapist?
You can definitely refer her or him to our website where they can meet all our psychotherapists in Toronto. However, it is advisable that he or she contact a different therapist from the one you see.
- What is a typical room set-up like?
With the goal being to make all clients as comfortable as possible, our therapists have decorated their offices to be warm, friendly and inviting – and not clinical. Most often you will find two chairs facing each other, although some therapists may also have a couch in their office.
- What do I do when I want to meet with a Toronto psychotherapist?
Each therapist’s profile page has contact information such as an email address. Not all therapists provide a phone number, but after you initiate conversation through email, you may be given a phone number to contact your therapist of choice. Please contact the therapist you are interested in to arrange a time for an initial consultation at the therapist’s office. Many psychotherapists in Toronto offer a free initial consultation.
You will find the profiles of our Toronto psychotherapists here.
- How will I know if my Toronto therapist is a good fit for me?
The connection you have with your psychotherapist is extremely important. It can make all the difference in your treatment. Ask yourself:
- Does my therapist genuinely care about me and my problems?
- Do I feel like my psychotherapist understands me?
- Does my therapist accept me for who I am?
- Am I comfortable sharing personal information with this psychotherapist?
- Do I feel that I can be open and honest with him or her?
- Is my therapist a good listener. Does he or she listen without criticism or judgment?
- Can I receive a variety of therapies from different psychotherapists in Toronto?
For Psychotherapy to be effective, it is recommended that you work with one Psychotherapist at a time. Other therapies and medical treatments, including any medication you are taking under the direction of a Pyschiatrist, can work in conjunction with your Psychotherapy. It will be important to let your therapist know about any other therapies or treatments you are currently undergoing.
Questions about fees, coverage, and therapy policies and procedures:
- Is psychotherapy in Toronto covered by OHIP?
Unfortunately no. Psychotherapy is not covered by OHIP or the Ontario Health Insurance Plan. All Toronto Psychotherapists are independent professionals who must be paid directly by you. However, our fees may be covered by your personal healthcare plan through your workplace, or a separate health insurance plan that covers psychotherapy.
- How much does psychotherapy cost?
Each therapist sets her or his own fee ranging from $60.00 – $120.00 per session. Be sure to ask your therapist about fees prior to beginning your sessions so you know what to expect.
- What if I go away or can’t make it in to the office? Can we have a session over the phone, or via Skype?
All Toronto psychotherapists understand the importance of ensuring a continuum of treatments, and they will do what is possible to minimize any disruption. However, this is at the discretion of your therapist. Be sure to let your psychotherapist know as soon as possible if you are unable to make it to your session in person, so that you can explore other options for your visit.
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