• FAQs about Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Are your session in-person or online?

    All sessions are conducted online via secure video conferencing.

    I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

    Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you re-identify those strengths and help you implement them for your highest good.

    What’s the difference between therapy and talking to my best friend or a supportive family member?

    The unique aspect of counselling is that your therapist is there for you and you alone in your session. It is a special time when the dialogue is focused in one direction unlike any other relationship and where there is no judgement or expectations. In therapy, a unique relationship between you and your therapist develops, known as the therapeutic relationship or therapeutic alliance. This relationship has proven to be the single largest factor in the success of therapy. In addition, a mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, and help you move forward when you feel stuck. Furthermore, you will be working with someone who has the expertise and the professional training to listen, to add insight and knowledge and to help you see and do things differently. Therapy is completely confidential and you never have to worry about others knowing your business.

    How does counselling work? What do I have to do in sessions?

    Each person comes to counselling for their own unique reason therefore therapy sessions will be tailored to your specific needs.

    What kind of help can I get from counselling?

    Many people feel stuck and don’t know what to do to help themselves.

    Get freedom from trauma either big or small.

    Get tools to help you with anxiety when it prevents you from being the best version of yourself. Learn how to change thoughts, feelings or behaviors to feel happier and less frustrated.

    Get to know your emotions, where you are stuck and how to process them. Acknowledge your protective parts and discover your true self for a more satisfying, joyful life. Learn skills to repair relationships with your partner, your spouse, family members or friends that will lead you to a more fulfilling life.

    How long does each counselling session last and how regularly do I see my therapist?

    Counselling sessions are generally 50 minutes in length but longer sessions may be available.  I generally see my clients once a week or once every two weeks. Clients that attend sessions on a more regular, frequent basis tend to have more success with reaching their goals.

    How long will it take to achieve my goals?

    Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy takes depends on the person and the issue. You may experience some immediate relief but it generally takes time to accomplish your goals and depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.

    I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

    I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. The work we do in our counselling sessions is just the beginning. It is the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.

    My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counselling or come together?

    If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.