Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counselling”) is defined by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
How does psychotherapy work?
]If you are discontented or uncertain with your life in some way that you feel helpless to change, be it a relationship, past events, or your life prospects, then psychotherapy may be a space for you to develop the skills that you need to progress in your life.
Will my therapist tell me what to do?
The short answer is probably not. The therapist is there to help you understand the issues in your life and strengthen your capacity to make your own decisions.
How long does it take?
Therapy is often compared to learning a new language. In this case, the “language” is one that mirrors who we are as individuals.
The better we can speak our own language, the better we can relate to others in the world.
Depending on our capability to learn such a new language, each of us progresses at our own rate. It is simply not possible to speed up or slow down the rate of therapy, because it is always being controlled by ourselves and our circumstances.
That being said things may come up that may require just a few weeks of work, after which one returns to live in their ordinary way. At other times there may be significant issues that are not so readily resolved.
In short this completely depends on the individual and the issue.
What about insurance?
I will provide you a receipt, which you may use to request reimbursement from your extended health benefit plan or claim as a medical expense deduction on your income tax return.
Some private insurance companies will cover some forms of psychotherapy but you will have to discuss this with your own insurer.
Why do I need therapy if I’m not in crisis?
If you are discontented or uncertain with your life in some way that you feel helpless to change, be it a relationship, past events, or your life prospects, then psychotherapy may be a space for you to develop the skills that you need to progress in your life.
Does this sound like something for you?
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