THERAPY & COUNSELLING

Frequently asked
questions

WHAT CAN COUNSELLING DO FOR ME?

Counselling is a great tool to potentially reduce mental, emotional and social stress. Additionally, it is a great environment to explore one’s values, wants and needs. 

At first, a new therapist will collect information as to what brings you into therapy. After this, they will likely inquire about risk factors that could interfere with therapeutic goals, such as drug use, history of violence, mental and physical health diagnoses and identities, suicidality, self-harm history and medication use. During these early conversations, your therapist will also focus on validating and building therapeutic trust. Afterwards, your therapist will finish by introducing a customized therapeutic approach that may best meet your needs.

Like with any person-centered relationship, not everyone is compatible. This can lead to a therapeutic relationship not being effective. Additionally, every therapist will have a unique style and approach that may work for one individual, but not another. It’s normal that a person may visit a few therapists before finding a match.

As therapists and counsellors, we don’t prescribe medication. We are educated in medications on a surface level to help understand how they may impact our clients, but medication is usually prescribed by a psychiatrist, doctor or nurse practitioners.

Sessions are strictly confidential, with the exception of situations that can be reviewed here: https://www.crpo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/List-of-Reporting-Obligations.pdf.

Often people are worried about the stigma of seeing a therapist. We are here to tell you that counselling and therapy are much more common today than in pervious years and have been destigmatized in many places. Some even consider therapy as a regular part of their health check-up, using therapy as a place to maintain their mental health in the long-term.