Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, can help you improve your functioning and well-being by easing psychological distress and developing the skills to care for your mental and physical health, maintain healthy relationships and choose, acquire and sustain valued roles in the community.
You may enter therapy for support with overwhelming life challenges, feeling scared, confused or lost, adapting to changes in your health, dealing with loss and grief, or for mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Appointments are 50 minutes long. The first session may take up to 80 minutes because of intake information and initial paperwork. I will ask about what brought you to therapy and your current situation. We will also discuss your personal history, health history, strengths and resources. Then, we will identify your therapeutic goals and how I can help you achieve them.
How often we meet depends on your unique needs. Initially, weekly or biweekly allows us to build a strong therapeutic relationship. Research demonstrates that the strongest predictor of success in therapy is the therapeutic alliance not the therapist’s theoretical orientation.
Sessions are by appointment only. I am not a crisis worker and cannot be available for unscheduled conversations.
24/7 crisis lines are offered through the Canadian Mental Health Association:
In Simcoe County call 1-888-893-8333.
In Grey-Bruce call 1-877-470-5200.
Psychotherapy is a regulated health profession. In Ontario, Registered Psychotherapists are required to meet professional standards to ensure that you receive competent, ethical, quality care. You can find more information about the CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario) at www.crpo.ca.
For my clinical documentation, and to meet with you virtually or in-person, I carefully chose practice management software that meets Canadian and CRPO privacy and security standards to protect your personal health information.
For virtual appointments, please be in a quiet, private location where you will not be interrupted, distracted or overheard. This will help you focus on our conversation and share information more comfortably.