Do You Need Therapy?

…..and other frequently asked questions

Do you need therapy imageAre you thinking about booking an appointment with a psychologist, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you? Are certain issues causing problems in your life and you’re stuck and aren’t sure how to make the necessary changes on your own? With the help of a psychologist you can learn how to make the changes that are necessary to achieve greater life satisfaction and happier relationships.

There are many reasons why people will book an appointment with a psychologist.
Psychotherapy may be helpful to you when:

  • You feel overwhelmed by life problems
  • You don’t know how to manage a major life decision
  • You are having difficulty coping with a serious illness in yourself, or in a family member or friend
  • Your job is too stressful and you can’t handle it anymore
  • You don’t know what to do, or where to turn for help

Answers to some of the most frequent questions people ask when calling to book an appointment for the first time.

What is a psychologist?

What is the difference between psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors?

How do I know if I need therapy?

How do I find the psychologist that’s right for me?

What happens in your first session?

How does psychotherapy help?

How much does it cost?

Can I claim the cost from my Extended Health Care Benefit Plan?

Are you afraid that we won’t be able to solve your problem?

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Do you remember those join the dot puzzles you used to do when you were a child? Where you learned how to join dot 1 to dot 2 until all the numbers were connected and you ended up with a picture. Most people, believe that the change process has to be complicated. You are so immersed in your problem you miss the bigger picture. Our psychologists understand your pain. In therapy they will help you connect the dots, so that you can learn to manage your difficulties and transform your life.

Stuff happens, and many things are out of ‘our control’. You know that you can’t do it alone. We will help you to reduce the anger, frustration, disappointments and sadness from the events in your life that are beyond your control; identify what you can control, script goals for you that promote well-being and are both realistic and achievable.

Are you afraid that therapy will cost too much and take too long?

Its true, therapy can be costly, not only in terms of money but also in the investment of your time and effort. How long this takes and how much it will cost depends on many things – How complex and entrenched your situation is, and how ready and willing you are to change or modify your behaviors.

Are you afraid that you won’t be able to change?

For those of you who are always waiting until the time is right, there will always be a reason to delay.

It’s too hard.
I just can’t do it.
I’m scared because I don’t know what to expect……

Yes it can be scary, change isn’t always easy and that may put you off. If it was so easy we wouldn’t see so many struggling marriages, so many depressed and anxious people. Much depends on the effort you are prepared to put in. Are you worried that you won’t “get it right” the first time? Do you hold yourself back from trying or even thinking about change, because the idea of failure just won’t let you move forward? You have to make mistakes, it means you are growing and moving forward. Any new direction, even one that will ultimately be successful, is going to involve some effort and also some failure. Our psychologists will help you with the framework, inspiration and support. Although we don’t promise that change will be easy, we will try to help make it easier for you to to achieve.

When you learn to ask the right questions you find that with practice, it is possible to challenge and change yourself or situation, whether you are struggling with debilitating depression or an unhappy marriage. And that despite the risk of failure it is possible to fulfill your desire for a better life and happier relationships.