What to Expect

Here is some information to help you on your first step towards counselling. 

What is psychotherapy?

These terms refer to a range of treatments that can help with mental health concerns and emotional challenges. We aim to help you understand your feelings and behaviours and how they are impacted by your self-identity and surrounding environment. 

Who can benefit from psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy can be for anyone who is looking for insight into their behaviours, thoughts, and feelings. Often we work with clients who are looking to expand their self knowledge and ability to regulate themselves. We work with clients of all ages, genders, sexes, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds. The short answer is that psychotherapy is for everyone! 

How long are sessions?

Most sessions will be 50 minutes. You may have heard the term 50-minute-hour used before but most people are not sure what that refers to. In the psychotherapy, sessions are typically booked in one hour blocks of time and the last 10 minutes of each session are reserved for your therapist to update your file and complete their notes for the session you just had. Sessions are billed as one hour chunks of time but you will be expected to be present for 50 minutes of that time. Some pages may advertise their sessions as one hour and some as 50 minutes but the last 10 minute being used for admin applies in the majority of cases, regardless how it is defined. We always attempt to be as transparent with our clients as possible. 

What can I expect in my first session?

The first session is primarily focused on building a therapeutic relationship through you telling the therapist about yourself. What has brought you here? What are some key events that have shaped you and/or your relationships? What would you most like to change about yourself and/or your relationships at this time? The relationship you develop with your therapist is much like the one you may have with a physician. You may not see them for a year, but then you catch the flu and want some help to feel better sooner. Therapy often does not last a long time, but it’s a relationship that can last a lifetime. 

How long does therapy last?

Each person’s needs differ and the number of sessions will vary from person to person. In the cases of individual therapy, we can provide short term (3-8 sessions) or long-term therapy. Therapy usually starts on a weekly basis but then can very quickly move to a bi-weekly basis. The length of therapy can vary from short-term to long-term, depending on your needs.

I work business hours, how will I make my appointment?

Day, afternoon, evening and weekend appointments are available. We do our best to accommodate your availability. 

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