Psychotherapy

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is primarily a talk-based therapy and is intended to help people improve and maintain their mental health and well-being. Registered Psychotherapists work with individuals, couples and families in individual and group settings. Psychotherapy occurs when a therapist and client enter into a psychotherapeutic relationship where both work together to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. Individuals usually seek psychotherapy when they have thoughts, feelings, moods and behaviours that are adversely affecting their day-to-day lives, relationships and the ability to enjoy life.

In Ontario, there are certain regulated health professionals who are authorized to engage in the controlled act of psychotherapy, namely: Registered Psychotherapists, Clinical Psychologists, Social Workers, Physicians, Nurses, and Occupational Therapists.

Issues and Disorders Commonly Treated with Psychotherapy

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Chronic Pain
  • Phobias
  • Interrupted Sleep
  • Family and relationship issues
  • Addiction and substance use issues
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Narcissism
  • Career issues

What you can expect out of Psychotherapy

  • Support and validation
  • Empathy
  • New coping strategies
  • New ways of framing thoughts and perceptions
  • Help with goal-setting and positive change
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Respect for your privacy and confidentiality
  • Honesty
  • Insights

Different Approaches to Psychotherapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a structured, time-limited, problem-focused and goal-oriented form of psychotherapy. CBT helps people learn to identify, question and change how their thoughts, attitudes and beliefs relate to the emotional and behavioural reactions that cause them difficulty.

Appropriate when treating: depression, anxiety, trauma, sleeping issues, trauma, chronic pain

Mindfulness

Mindfulness training can help you learn to quiet your mind so you will be less distracted or upset by worries or ruminations. It can help you learn to accept your feelings without being overwhelmed by them. It can help you stay focused in the moment so that you can appreciate and enjoy the richness of your experience.

Appropriate when treating: stress, anxiety, trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder, anger, chronic pain

Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy is a client-centered approach to psychotherapy that helps clients focus on the present and understand what is really happening in their lives right now, rather than what they may perceive to be happening based on past experience. Instead of simply talking about past situations, clients are encouraged to experience them, perhaps through re-enactment.

Appropriate when treating: depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain, addiction and substance use, family and relationship issues.
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Existential Therapy

Existential therapy focuses on free will, self-determination, and the search for meaning—often centering on you rather than on the symptom. The approach emphasizes your capacity to make rational choices and to develop to your maximum potential.The existential approach stresses that all people have the capacity for self-awareness, that each person has a unique identity that can be known only through relationships with others. Existential therapy also posits that people must continually re-create themselves because life’s meaning constantly change, and that anxiety is part of the human condition.
Appropriate when treating: depression, anxiety, trauma, family and relationship issues, career issues.
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