frequently asked questions
Maybe you're having a bad day, week, or month; or maybe you feel that your life is out of control. Perhaps you've already talked to friends or family, but you still don't feel much better. You might feel like no one understands you or everyone gives advice without really listening first. You may feel like you just need some support. This is the beginning of a list of reasons why therapy would be helpful to you.
Knowledge, the right tools and professional support are key to your success.
Knowledge - Understanding where you are is essential to managing and treating your issues as well as developing a roadmap to where you want to go.
The Right Tools - Someone once said, "If the only tool you have in your toolbox is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." We all approach life and our issues with the tools we have, whacking away to the best of our ability. Having the right tools can make all the difference. You can improve and achieve more in less time once you have the right tools.
Professional Support - It's a proven fact that people do better when they have someone to talk things through with. Knowing someone is truly listening to you and cares about you decreases anxiety and stress, improves good decision-making, helps in overcoming specific problems you face in your day-to-day living and aids in learning about yourself. Real life change happens as a result of therapy.
This is something we will talk about all throughout therapy, but simply put, psychotherapy is us working together to better understand the issues you face, why you are facing them and where to go from here. It involves an ongoing conversation, some work in between sessions and working together as a team to meet your goals.
For Individual Psychotherapy, we will typically meet for 50 minutes once a week in the beginning and then further apart as we progress. Many clients find their therapy goals are met within 10 sessions or less with follow up sessions as required. You may, however, continue past 10 sessions depending on your progress or how you feel.
Couples Psychotherapy is approached using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). We will typically meet for 60 minutes once a week for approximately 10 sessions with follow up sessions as required. In some cases you may, however, continue past 10 sessions depending on your progress or how you feel. EFT is couple’s therapy that really works!.
The American Psychological Association adopted the definition of psychotherapy developed by Dr. John C. Norcross which ties therapy to a clinical method from established psychological principles. This is generally thought of as evidenced based therapy, i.e. therapy that has been proven effective in clinical trials such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
The length of time someone is in therapy can vary greatly. It can depend on the nature of issues faced, the frequency/consistency of therapy, and participation both in and out of session. As your therapist, we will work together to establish a regular schedule tailored to your specific need(s). You decide; you're in control. You may come to therapy once or twice and feel you have enough to work with for a while or may choose to continue therapy until you have fully met all of your goals. Keep in mind, most emotional and/or relationship problems have evolved over several years, and it is unrealistic to expect them to be resolved quickly.
In most cases, sessions are scheduled weekly and then spaced further apart as you begin to achieve your goals. The length of therapy cannot fully be determined ahead of time, but the decision to continue will ultimately always be yours. As stated above: for Individual Therapy, most goals are met within 10 sessions or less and there may be periodic follow up sessions. Then again, you may continue past 10 sessions depending on your progress or how you feel; for couple's therapy, you will typically have 10 sessions with follow up sessions as required.
You may talk about any topic that is causing pain, duress, or confusion. Some typical topics for adults are, relationship concerns, pornography addiction, anger, anxiety, depression, grief, stress, parenting issues, family problems, work issues, sexual issues and health issues. Some adolescent topics include stress, school issues, peer pressure, anger management, family problems/changes, depression, gender and sex issues and coping skills.
The initial session will typically run approximately 50-minutes and is designed to gather information on your current concerns and history. During this session, we will talk, work toward a therapeutic plan, set some initial therapy goals, and begin to implement strategies and tools to use outside of therapy. If you feel up to it, you may do some work outside of therapy - nothing complicated though. It may be as simple as thinking about what your goals are for therapy. Work outside of therapy is key to success and significantly reduces the number of therapy sessions required to meet your goals. A major component to therapy is a healthy and supportive relationship between you and me - the therapist. This initial session is set up to better understand you and the issues you are facing, and for you to ask questions and determine what you want to work on.
You can find our fee schedule on our booking page. Fees are set in accordance with the Ontario Association of Social Workers' recommended guidelines. Reduced fees in the form of a sliding scale may be available. Most employee assistance plans (EAP) and health plans provide for at least six or more hours of psychotherapy. Contact your employer or benefits plan provider to determine if the offer coverage for psychotherapy provided by a register social worker (RSW).
Cash, Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover Card, cheque, PayPal and E-transfer are all accepted - payable to Life 360 Counselling or L3C. Payment is due at the time of service. A receipt with an Ontario College of Social Workers Registration number will be provided and may be used for EAP and health benefits claims or for income tax purposes.
In a word - YES. eTherapy is modelled as closely as possible to in-person counselling. We adhere to the same professional ethics and standards of practice as we would if you were in a in-person session. You can expect the same level of care that you would expect with a highly qualified and experienced in-person counsellor. Research suggests etherapy (online counselling) is highly effective and there is no difference in client satisfaction or outcomes when online sessions are compared to in-person counselling sessions.
Many people prefer online counselling (eTherapy) because it is more convenient and offers greater anonymity. Online counselling is a method of counselling that research has shown to be highly effective. It works like traditional counselling except the counsellor and client meet online using a program such as, FaceTime, Google Hangouts or Skype instead of meeting for an in-person appointment.
Not at this time. Due to patient safety concerns, only clients who have had at least one in-person assessment are eligible for online psychotherapy services. To book an assessment visit our contact page, click on the contact link on the left or call 705-791-5376.
Basically, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) helps couple’s to talking about what’s going on on the inside rather than focusing on solutions to problems themselves. Otherwise, a great deal of time would be spent arbitrating arguments and finding solutions to problems. Unfortunately, there is no end to the problems you could address and, therefore, there would almost be no end to therapy. Once you know why you have difficulty talking about how you really feel, you can begin to turn things around. When you begin to turn things around you start to focus on building your relationship and giving your partner what they need rather than demanding what you need from your partner. Problems are solved naturally as you work together outside of therapy. Although all couples differ greatly, most couples feel the difference right from the start and many couples express that they felt EFT was starting to work for them after 4 sessions.