Frequently Asked Questions
- Is therapy for me?
- How can therapy help me?
- What is the difference between counsellor, psychologist and psychiatrist?
- What is client’s role in psychotherapy?
- Is medication a substitute for therapy?
- Is therapy covered by insurance?
- Are there free alternatives to counselling?
- May I contact you through e-mail?
Is therapy for me?
Do you find yourself stuck in the same problem again and again? Do you experience feeling lost, hopeless or “just getting by” on a regular basis? Do you commonly feel your emotions and situations around you are outside of your control? Are you overwhelmed with stress? Such experiences, among others, can motivate people to seek support and new ways of facing their challenges. Counselling provides a safe opportunity for you to explore new options and new coping strategies to make lasting changes in your life.
How can therapy help me?
Psychotherapy can provide a number of lasting benefits. Therapists can offer fresh, objective perspectives on difficult problems and point you in the direction of new possible solutions. Psychotherapy also allows you to talk openly and confidentially about your concerns.
Through a therapeutic process, you can expect to:
Through a therapeutic process, you can expect to:
- Attain a greater insight and awareness about yourself, your goals and values
- Develop communication skills for improving your relationships
- Find resolution to issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learn new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Regulate complex emotions and feelings, such as anger, grief, depression and anxiety
- Improve communications and listening skills
- Change old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discover new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improve your self-esteem and boost self-confidence
- Take charge of your life choices and feel more assertive
- Reclaim a sense of empowerment and boost confidence
- Restore balance in your life
What is the difference between counsellor, psychologist and psychiatrist?
There are so many myths and misconceptions surrounding mental health professionals that provide psychotherapy and counselling. To clarify things a bit, we listed and defined three main providers of quality mental health services.
- Psychotherapists/Counsellors (Masters in Counselling or Clinical Psychology or M.Ed. or M.A.)– provide psychotherapy and counselling. Clients are self-referred or may be recommended by other health professionals.
- Psychologists (Doctor of Philosophy or Ph.D.) – provide formal diagnosis, psychotherapy and counselling. Clients are self-referred or may be recommended by other health professionals.
- Psychiatrists (Medical Doctor or M.D.) – provide formal diagnosis, prescribe medications and may do psychotherapy. You can receive a referral to a psychiatrist from a family doctor.
What is client’s role in psychotherapy?
There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of your therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. To benefit the most from psychotherapy, individuals must be willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
- Compassion, respect and understanding
- Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative beliefs
- Real strategies for enacting positive change
- Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what is best for you. It is well established that the medication alone is not an effective long-term solution to mental health challenges. Unlike medications that just treat the symptoms, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that contribute to persistence of pain and suffering. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
Do you accept insurance?
The best way to determine if your insurance carrier cover counselling sessions with psychotherapist or counsellor is to check directly with your insurance provider. Check your coverage carefully and find out if your mental health benefits covers sessions with Certified Canadian Counsellor or Registered Clinical Counsellors.
May I contact you through e-mail?
When you send a regular email, your messages and your privacy are at possible risk of being viewed, intercepted or modified by 3rd parties. Heartfulness Psychotherapy accepts no liability for any interference with or damage to your computer system, software or personal information occurring in connection with the use of non-secure email to communicate with us.