1. General Psychotherapy FAQ
The decision to enter into therapy is a highly personal one. People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes a crisis or trauma has provoked intense and overwhelming feelings.
Many people want to enter into therapy for relationship problems, on-the-job stress, self-doubt, and other emotional problems.
Some people feel a more general need to talk about the gulf between what they imagined their lives would be and the circumstances in which they actually find themselves.
Some use therapy and life coaching to enhance and get more out of their already high functioning lives.
We all want to be heard and listened to, and often just talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive person makes you feel better.
I completed my diploma program in psychotherapy in March 2016 from the Transformational Arts College (TAC), based in Toronto. Read more about the school and the program here. I currently have the designations of RP(Q) – Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and and an EMDRIA-approved EMDR Therapist.
The RP(Q) designation is regulated by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). The Qualifying tag means that I am licensed to practice, as long as my clinical work is supervised by an experienced Registered Psychotherapist. I need to achieve a certain number of client contact hours, supervision hours and write an exam to drop the Qualifying tag, to become a Registered Psychotherapist in full.
To review my page on the CRPO psychotherapist public directory – click here.
To contact CRPO for any questions or complaints – click here.
In its essence, the therapeutic conversation is very different from the one you would have with a friend. Most importantly, this is all about you.
This offers a safe place to drop into your most personal inner world without having to fear that you’ll be thought “crazy”, and without concern for a friend’s fragility or judgment. In the therapeutic setting, all thoughts and feelings can be explored; your therapist is professionally trained and bound by confidentiality.
Studies have shown, that you learn most of your core behavioural patterns by the age of 7. Which means that the way you react to current day situations is greatly biased by the kind of experiences you had as a child.
Please be aware that issues from the past will only be explored if they have a perceived connection with your present day issues. Also it is never too late to have a healthy childhood.
The therapeutic process is different for everyone. Its direction and duration will vary, depending on the individual and his or her goals and intentions.
Providing safety and confidentiality, the process of psychotherapy involves self-reflection, recollection and the mindful exploration of deeper feelings and motivations. It is important to allow the process to evolve in whatever way works for you and fulfills your particular requirements.
Psychotherapy is regulated in Ontario by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), which was proclaimed in April 2015. The Registered Psychotherapist (RP) title would be awarded to practitioners who meet the ministry registration requirements. For detailed information, you may go to http://www.crpo.ca/
In general, all communication between us is confidential and I will only release information about our work to others at your request and with your written permission. I will also be discussing our work with my supervisor, however I will do everything possible to keep your identity confidential. My supervisor’s focus will be on how I am doing as a psychotherapist and is there to offer suggestions and input on my work with you. My supervisor is also bound by confidentiality.
There are certain situations, however, where I am required by law to reveal information obtained during therapy to other persons/agencies, even if you do not give permission. These are the situations: If you threaten grave bodily harm or death to yourself or another I may inform medical or law enforcement personnel. If you report to me knowledge of physical or sexual abuse of a minor child by an adult, or of an elderly or disabled person I am required to inform the appropriate agencies. If you report the sexual misconduct of a mental health professional I am required to report it to the appropriate College. If you become involved in a legal case (child custody, civil suit, etc.) I may be required to produce records or testify. I will do everything I can to keep your records confidential but sometimes it may be out of my control to do so.
Unfortunately no. Psychotherapy is not covered by OHIP or the Ontario Health Insurance Plan as psychotherapists are not medical practitioners. However, psychotherapy fees may be covered by your personal healthcare plan through your workplace, or a separate health insurance plan that covers psychotherapy.
I created a video blog post on 5 therapy myths that are sabotaging your personal growth. Click here to know more.