In counselling (psychotherapy), you may be seen individually, with your partner, or with your family. Together we will explore your concerns, identify some goals for treatment, and monitor progress. We will review treatment methods and will choose approaches that suit your particular needs. We may also recommend referrals for alternative treatment approaches. Counselling is a collaborative process; we provide you with treatment and support, and you must be ready, willing, and motivated to make changes in your life. Counselling is also voluntary—you may choose to end it at any time.
Sessions are 50 minutes in length and are made by appointment only. Sessions can range from one session to a number of treatment sessions. The frequency of sessions is determined in collaboration with your therapist.
Benefits and Risks
Counselling can bring insight and understanding to issues. People can feel relief and hope about their situation, learn healthy coping skills, and make positive changes. The risks, however, may include uncomfortable feelings, such as unhappiness, anxiety, and frustration, which may become more intense as you examine difficult areas and work through issues. In resolving some issues, people often make important personal decisions, with which some others in your life may not agree.