The decision to start therapy is a highly personal one. People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes a sudden critical event, grief, life transitions, mental health challenges, work burnt-out or trauma provoke intense and overwhelming feelings.
Many people want to attend therapy for relationship problems, work stress, self-doubt, gender, sexuality and identity issues, and other emotional issues. Some people feel a general need to talk about what they imagined their lives would be and the circumstances in which they actually find themselves. Others desire to learn more about their identity and how to move forward in life in a more authentic way.
Most of us want to be heard and understood. Talking about our thoughts and feelings with a supportive and non-judgemental person outside our circle of friends and family makes us feel better.
Talking about your life experiences, perspectives, and emotions can help you resolve deep-rooted challenges in your life and help you understand them better.
In essence, the therapeutic conversation is very different from the one you would have with a friend. Most importantly, this is all about you. Therapy sessions offer a safe place to drop into your most personal inner world without fearing that you’ll be judged or that your friend will feel overwhelmed. In the therapeutic setting, all thoughts and feelings can be explored; your therapist is professionally trained and bound by confidentiality.
You can continue therapy for as long as you think necessary and stop the sessions on your terms.
Overall, the direction and duration of therapy will vary depending on your individual hopes and intentions. Typically, a therapist and client will discuss the frequency and length of a therapy based on your needs. Allowing the process to evolve in whatever way works for you is crucial.
Remember that personal growth can be difficult. To evaluate your progress, ask yourself:
Am I noticing any desired changes in my life– at work, home, with my friends?
Am I more mindful of the choices I make?
Am I closer to meeting the goals I set with my psychotherapist?
Do I feel I understand myself better?
Are my relationships with others improving?
Am I more aware of the patterns of behaviours and emotional hooks causing me personal and relationship issues?
Regulation of a profession defines the practice of the profession. It describes the boundaries, including the requirements and qualifications to practise the profession.
Regulation brings credibility to the profession. Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Social Workers are subject to a code of ethics and standards of practice. The primary mandate of any regulatory college is to protect the public interest from unqualified, incompetent or unfit practitioners.
Your virtual appointment is the same as a regular in-person visit. The only difference is that you will see and speak to your therapist via video conferencing. If you have used Skype, Zoom or FaceTime, this is similar to how virtual sessions work.
We use Jane App for bookings, processing payments, and virtual sessions. It works on any computer or laptop, Android or iOS device. Once you sign-up and create your account with us, it is easy to schedule your appointments and receive your Receipts by email after each therapy session. Once you have booked your appointment, you will receive early reminders. Two hours before your session, an email will notify you of the link for the video conference.