What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is an effective means of helping individuals, couples, and families deal with difficulties they are unable to overcome alone. While there are many different forms of therapy available to the public (e.g. CBT, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Feminist, etc.), research shows that the type of therapy a person receives is less important that the relationship between the therapist and client. In fact, many therapists work use an eclectic approach and incorporate different types of therapy in working to help people rise above their problems.


When should I seek Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is most effective when sought early, once you feel that life’s problems are interfering with you day to day or interpersonal relationships. It is important to remember that ultimately there is no “correct” or “incorrect” time to request help.

WHO IS QUALIFIED TO BE A PSYCHOTHERAPIST?

Clients should seek out therapists that are qualified professional from professional orders (e.g. Ordres des Psychologues du Quebec). Most private insurance companies cover the cost for at least a portion of sessions by a licensed psychologist. Also, receipts from Psychologists are tax deductable. 

I thought only people with “Mental Disorders” need therapy? 

Although it is true that psychotherapy is an effective means of treating depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders, many people can benefit from psychotherapy as a means of helping them cope with life stresses and enriching their interpersonal relationships.


How long does Psychotherapy last?

It depends, most approaches have a time limit that ranges anywhere from 8-10 sessions up to 30 sessions or more. However, some therapists prefer not to set a specific limit and use an “open-ended” approach that aims to help people change long-standing difficulties that have bothered them for many years. It is important to have an open discussion with your therapist regarding what you wish to achieve in therapy and how long you expect this process to take.