Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves
be seen. – Brene Brown
What is psychotherapy?
In Ontario the act of psychotherapy has been regulated. This means that only certain individuals are able to perform the act of psychotherapy. The official act of psychotherapy has been defined as, “the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances by psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship based primarily on verbal or non-verbal communication”.
I see therapy as a process of discovering and understanding more about ourselves. Through therapy we come to understand the many good reasons we have for our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. I use a holistic and collaborative approach where we can listen and learn about our wants and needs. I believe that when we are listened to with empathy and compassion we can begin to become empathic and compassionate with ourselves and others.
What you can expect at your first session
During your first appointment I will ask you to review and sign a consent form. The consent form details aspects of my practice some of which include, supervision, cancellation policies and limits to confidentiality. At this point or any point throughout feel free to ask any questions you may have about myself, my practice, my work etc.
Once the “housework” has been completed I will encourage you to share what brings you to psychotherapy and general details about your life. Near the end of the session we may discuss how the session went for you and what you would like to accomplish in therapy.
Our following appointments will involve working towards the goals you have outlined – how this happens depends on you and your individual needs.