The benefits of Therapy

Providing an opportunity to identify aspects you would like to change, set goals or better understand yourself and others around you in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment.

At times we don’t necessarily know what is “wrong” we just don’t feel “right”. These are times that a new set of eyes might bring some new or fresh ideas.

Therapy Provides an Opportunity to:

  • identify aspects you would like to change
  • set goals
  • better understand yourself and others around you
  • explore in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment

Many Seek Therapy to

  • Change behaviours that are hindering them
  • Find new or different ways to effectively manage/cope
  • Develop habits to overcome struggles
  • Bridge communication gaps
  • Improve core relationships
  • Just feel better about themselves and others

Therapy is helpful for concerns regarding:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic Attacks
  • Eating Disorders
  • Addictions
  • Communication
  • Self Esteem
  • Trauma
  • Abuse
  • Relationship Issues
  • Substance Use and Abuse
  • Anger
  • Loss/grief
  • Life Transition
  • Workplace problems
  • Parenting

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does each session cost?

The fee for individual therapy is $135 plus tax. Couple and family therapy is slightly more.

How Do I get Started?

Click on the APPOINTMENT button and fill in the fields including how you would like to be contacted.  

Please note - the first session is usually 1.5-2 hours long to do our intake and set goals for therapy.

How Many THerapy sessions will I need?

Often that is decided with the kind of therapy and depend on your unique circumstances, needs and personal goals for therapy. If there is concerns about the number of sessions please indicate this early on in the therapy so that the therapeutic model fits your desired goals for therapy.

Do I need a Referral for Therapy?

No. You can book an appointment directly. We are always happy to take referrals though!

Is Therapy covered by insurance?

Yes – in many cases. As a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) therapy is covered under many extended health care benefits. Each insurance plan has different coverage amount and limits. Please contact the administer of your plan to see if a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) is covered in your plan.

What Are Accepted Payments?

We accept e-transfer, paypal and cheques. If you choose to pay in cash, please know that exact payment will be needed. This can take place at the end of the session. In some cases, we will invoice with the understanding of prompt payment. An invoice or receipt will be sent shortly after your session.

Types of THerapy

Let’s be honest – most therapist will use many different approaches of therapy, depending on the presenting concerns of their client. People  are dynamic – so our therapeutic approach cannot be linear, but integrated. Here are some of the behavioural approaches I use in therapy.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a psycho-social intervention that focuses on identifying unhelpful thinking patterns in order to regulate emotions and change unwanted behaviours. Our situation isn’t the problem, but how we see and think about certain situations is the cause of our distress. The goal is to develop personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.

Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)

EFT emphasizes the awareness, acceptance, understanding, and transformation of emotion. The thought is emotions themselves have an adaptive potential that can help you to make desired change. The goal is to help you to experience your emotions in the safe setting of therapy, rather than avoid or unnecessarily control them. In experiencing your feelings you can learn to use them as a guide to what is important or necessary in your life.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT suggests that trying to control painful emotions or thoughts ultimately leads to more distress. It aims to improve "psychological flexibility" by teaching acceptance of inevitable painful experiences. It also values you as you journey through what has shaped you. The belief is by not engaging in the attempt to control unwanted thoughts, feelings and experiences we can ultimately lessen the impact of these experiences.

Strengths-Based Approach

It is often difficult to see the strength and resilience within us during difficult times. This goal of this approach is to acknowledge struggle with a specific problem. In acknowledging it – versus judging it - we can decide where we want to go from here. This approach chooses to look at areas of strength rather than purging out weaknesses as a “go forward” plan. In focusing our efforts towards our strengths and using our resources to thrive we can overcome.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

DBT looks at treating emotion dysregulation in four areas:

  1. Mindfulness: bringing attention to present moment focus
  2. Emotion Regulation: recognizing and responding to emotions in a flexible and tolerable way
  3. Interpersonal Effectiveness: building and maintaining healthy relationships
  4. Distress Tolerance: managing internal and external stressors effectively

Collaborative Problem Solving

CPS suggests that some lack the skill, not the will to do well. It advocates that when we are not doing well, there is something getting in the way. The goal of CPS is to address these roadblocks, and teach skills in order to achieve desired outcomes.

Solutions Focused Therapy (SFT)

SFT empowers clients to use their abilities in solving life's problems. Traditionally psychotherapy focuses on how a problem was derived (how did we get here), where SFT allows for a goal-oriented focus to problem-solving (where do we go from here).

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