What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy uses a range of treatments to help with a wide variety of emotional challenges, psychological issues, mental health problems.
Therapy usually lasts a year or two. Clients who are eager and committed to change and willing to put this effort into the therapy report the most positive results. The aim of psychotherapy is to increase general well being and improve relationships. Psychotherapy revolves around a safe, supportive and trusting relationship that allows clients to talk openly and honestly about personal difficulties. A neutral, objective and nonjudgmental therapist enables a client to talk about their concerns and feelings. This dialogue is used to overcome thoughts, feelings and behaviours patterns that are problematic and preventing you from being your best self. The goal of therapy is to help solve the problems that bring you in and teach you new skills to cope better with future challenges.
What is a Psychotherapist?
A Registered Psychotherapist is registered within their province in Canada to practice psychotherapy. The registration process differs between provinces. Different countries also have different rules, regulations and procedures around registration. A psychotherapist works with individuals, couples, and families. There are many issues that a psychotherapist helps with. A psychotherapist helps clients work through mental health problems to live more productive, healthier and happier lives.
When Should You Come in For Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy may be helpful for individuals who are:
- Facing situations causing you stress, anxiety and upset.
- Experiencing intense or uncomfortable feelings such as anger, sadness, fear, frustration and depression.
- Behaving in ways that don’t fit your normal pattern, don’t serve your needs, or are problematic to you or others.
- Thinking thoughts that are peculiar, hard to understand, out-of-control or disturbing.
- Experiencing the aftermath of a traumatic event, such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, a serious accident or a criminal injury.
- Dealing with a relationship issue or family conflict.
- Going through a difficult life transition, such as the death of a loved one, a life-threatening illness, divorce, separation, or a mid-life crisis.
- Challenged by family issues, such as parenting, child-rearing, adolescence, and aging parents.
- In need of help with an addiction such as smoking, alcohol, drugs, sex or gambling.
- Struggling with an eating disorder.
- Facing difficulties with matters of gender identity, sexual orientation, racism and oppression.
- Seeking to explore spiritual issues, questions of meaning or matters of faith.
Some people seek psychotherapy because they have felt depressed, anxious or angry for a long time. Others may want help for a chronic illness that is interfering with their emotional or physical well-being. Still others may have short-term problems they need help navigating. They may be going through a divorce, facing an empty nest, feeling overwhelmed by a new job or grieving a family member’s death, for example.
You may benefit from psychotherapy if:
- You feel an overwhelming, prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness.
- Your problems don’t seem to get better despite your efforts and help from family and friends.
- You find it difficult to concentrate on work assignments or to carry out other everyday activities.
- You worry excessively, expect the worst or are constantly on edge.
- Your actions, such as drinking too much alcohol, using drugs or being aggressive, are harming you or others.