Q: What is counselling?
A: Counselling involves the development of a collaborative relationship between a therapist and a client. Through this relationship, counselling can help an individual develop a more thorough understanding of his or her thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. This understanding allows the client to identify what is currently functional for him or her and what is not, and alleviate distress. The therapist and client are then able to implement strategies and develop tools that improve the daily functioning, mental, and emotional health of the client.
Q: What kinds of issues and counselling help with?
A: There are many issues that counselling can help with. Please click here to see the issues that You Psychology is able to help with.
Q: How do I know if I need counselling?
A: Has it become difficult to function day to day? In the last couple weeks are you finding you are down more often than not? You don't need to feel as though you are experiencing a complete breakdown in order to benefit from counselling. To achieve health we need to take care of our mental health as much as our physical health. If you haven't been feeling like yourself, feel overwhelmed, or are finding things you once enjoyed no longer interest you it might be time see a therapist.
Q: How often do I need to come to counselling?
A: This will vary depending on the individual and his or her concern. Most find it helpful to have the first 2-3 sessions weekly in order to establish a clear treatment plan and begin to develop some strategies to help cope with the day to day. Following this, the client and therapist will decide on a schedule. If weekly sessions are not an option, that is not a problem, we can create a schedule that works for you.
Q: How many counselling sessions should I have?
A: Again, this will vary depending on the individual and his or her concern. You and your therapist will collaborate with you to develop a plan that allows time to address your concern and meet your goals while understanding that efficiency is also important.
Q: Who will know that I am coming to counselling?
A: Unless you tell them, no one will know that you are coming to counselling. Confidentiality is taken very seriously and bound by strict ethical guidelines set out by the College of Alberta Psychologists. Keep in mind that there are exceptions to this rule; there are circumstances in which your therapist would be required to break confidentiality. These include:
- Serious risk of suicide or harm to you or others.
- Ongoing abuse or neglect of a child or dependent adult.
- Subpoena of your file or required testimony by a court of law.
Q: Do I need a referral?
A: No, you do not require a referral to receive counselling services. You may simply request an appointment on the Inquire/ Make an Appointment page.
Q: How will I know if counselling has been successful?
A: You will know counselling has been successful when you feel empowered to take constructive action on your own behalf. At the end of your time in therapy you will have developed more self-awareness and feel confident in your ability to use the tools you've gained to continue to promote your own growth and health.
Q: What are some of the different counselling approaches used at You Psychology Inc.?
A: At You Psychology we utilize a variety of models. For a description of these models please click here.
Q: Can my therapist prescribe medication if I need it?
A: Psychologists do not prescribe medication, however if you are wondering if you might need medication you can speak to your therapist about this and they will be able to refer you a medical doctor for prescriptions.
Q: Will the therapist give me advice?
A: Your therapist will not tell you what to do. A therapist can share their knowledge and offer helpful tools and strategies for managing thoughts and emotions. This can help you to make balanced, rational, and well-explored decisions. Making these decisions will empower you and enhance confidence.
What to Expect in Your First Session
- During your first session some time will be spent filling out paperwork and reviewing documents to ensure you are fully informed about what to expect during therapy, and make an informed decision about whether or not you want to receive counselling services.
- It can be helpful (although not necessary) to be prepared to speak generally about what your current concerns are, and what some of your goals are for therapy. We will also be doing a thorough history gathering in order to evaluate your needs and how best to begin to address your present concerns.
- It is our policy to take payment prior to the beginning of each therapy session.
- You Psychology Inc. is located in a house that has a few other businesses occupying it. The cozy, home-like atmosphere is very comforting. However, there is no waiting room at this location. Sessions are scheduled to allow time between them for one client to leave and the next to arrive. Please arrive no earlier than 5 min before your scheduled appointment time to ensure you are not spending time waiting.
- Unfortunately, if you are late we will not be able to extend the session beyond the time that is scheduled. Please do your best to arrive on time in order to ensure you get the full benefit from your session.
- Free parking is available. Options for parking will be explained when you make your initial appointment.
- If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to ask. Click here to make an inquiry.