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WHat is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a way to help people reduce, manage and cope with emotional and psychological disturbances that impact their well-being. Psychotherapy is a collaborative process that requires both the patient and therapist to be actively involved in the treatment. Together, a therapist and client explore the client's thinking, relationships and life circumstances in order to better understand how the client may bring about positive changes that will enhance their quality of life. Registered psychotherapists are are accountable to the College or Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) for the quality of care they provide and for their professional conduct. Only individuals who are registered with CRPO are able to use the title “psychotherapist”, and thus, when you seek the services of a Registered Psychotherapist, you can expect to receive high quality care. We use a number of different treatment modalities and interventions to treat your concerns, including:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

  • Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Systematic Desensitization

  • Relaxation and stress-management training

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Psychoeducation

  • Mindfulness-based approaches

WHat CONCERNS can i hope to Address?

  • Loss & grief (death of a loved one or end of a relationship/friendship)

  • Difficulty in relationships

  • Troubling thoughts and feelings

  • Trauma & PTSD

  • Assault

  • Abuse

  • Anxiety

  • Fears & phobias

  • Identity

  • Feeling stuck

  • Stress

  • Conflict

  • Perfectionism

  • People-pleasing

  • ​Depression

  • Anger

  • Self-esteem & confidence

  • Loneliness

  • Social functioning

  • Life transitions

  • Work-life balance

  • Infidelity

  • Sexuality

  • Sexual issues 

  • Shame

  • Assertiveness

  • Communication problems

  • Self-sabotage

  • Self-compassion

How often should I attend?

Sessions are typically held once a week or bi-weekly for about 50 minutes, but 75-minute or 90-minute appointments are recommended for EMDR and Dreamwork. Treatment can be short-term (just a few sessions) when you are dealing with immediate issues, or long-term (months or years), when dealing with longstanding and complex issues. Some people continue to access therapeutic services long after they have resolved their more immediate concerns as part of mental health and wellness maintenance. The length of the treatment is usually determined by the severity of the client's issue(s) and the goals of treatment, but the choice is always up to you and you can withdraw from therapy at any point in time.

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