Frequently Asked Questions
Some things to watch for when choosing a Therapist:
- Ensure that your Therapist has credentials that are recognized by a Professional College or Regulatory Body. Regulation by a professional body does some of the work for you by screening and monitoring the behaviour of its members, by requiring ongoing education of your Therapist, and by requiring certain levels of competence.
- Ask questions about the Therapists’ professional reputation. As with any service, word-of-mouth is one of the best ways to know the experiences of other people. Your Doctor, other Health Care Professionals, Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, and even friends or family will often exchange information about this if they are asked.
- Ask to speak to the Therapist for a few minutes on the phone for no fee. It is reasonable to ask to speak to a potential Therapist for 5-10 minutes to ask about their qualifications, their familiarity with your problem, or their general approach to helping people.
- Give plenty of feedback. The therapeutic relationship depends, among other things, on the usual habits of good relationships, including transparency and communication. Despite what movies and television may depict, your Therapist cannot “read minds.” Tell them how you find your therapy experience, so that they are able to adjust their communication style to best suit you.
- Stick with it. Know ahead of time that therapy can sometimes make things more painful before they get easier; this is because therapy will bring you face to face with your problem. This is a sign that good things are happening, and your Therapist will support you through it.
- You are facing a problem such as mental illness, low self-esteem, couples’ conflict, or mismatched expectations from family members, and need an achievable solution.
- You are ready to work. CBT is an active, intense therapy for both the Therapist and the Client, often including homework, behaviour experiments, and guided reflection.
- You’re ready to give your therapy the time it needs. Quite often, therapy requires weekly sessions so that a momentum is created, and change becomes more likely. Clients that cannot make regular appointments or complete homework are better suited to other types of therapy.
Because each session is customized for your needs, other factors that determine the length of your therapy include:
- How debilitated you have become as a result of the issue
- How long the problem has been around
- How frequently you are able to attend therapy to do the work
- How much support you have in your life as you work for change
- The number of problems you’d like to address with your Therapist
- The financial resources available to you in seeking treatment
As a general rule, your Therapist is often able to estimate how many sessions will be needed to address your concerns within the first session or two. They will consult with you throughout your therapy about this.
As with any industry, our fees are based on our understanding of current market trends. In Kitchener-Waterloo, someone seeking Psychotherapy can expect to pay between $75-$250 dollars for one 50-minute session, depending on a number of factors (for example, a non-regulated Therapist working out of a home office, versus a sub-specialized Psychologist at an established practice).
Many of our clients are able to utilize their group benefits to cover our services; we strongly encourage you to check the extent of your group benefits when seeing a registered social worker for this information. At this time, we have created relationships with the following bodies to provide our professional services, including assessment, professional reporting, and inter-professional consultations with:
- Manulife Insurance Company
- Great West Life Insurance Company
- Sunlife Insurance Company
- The Co-Operators Insurance Company
- Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario
- Non-Insured Health Benefits Program (Government of Canada)
If you have any questions regarding services please feel free to contact us at 519-742-0500.
Other ways you can help maximize your time in therapy are:
- Reflect on what you’re learning. This can be done by talking with friends or family, or through something more private, like journaling and meditating.
- Read about your problem. Ask your Therapist for suggestions of what to read that may lead to greater insights about your concerns.
- Do your homework. You and your Therapist will often discuss activities in your week that help you address your concerns. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy uses homework to help you build in the skills you need to succeed in your therapy.
- Get toxic people out of your life. Take the attitude of the wise: that people who bring consistent negativity into your life –regardless of why- degrade your attempts to be happier. Exercise your responsibility to fill your life with good people.
- Aspire toward balance in the whole of life, including a nourishing diet, moderate exercise, managing your financial resources, or spiritual expression of some kind.
- Be generous. Give away your time, money, praise, or affection to others. Research says that giving a part of ourselves to causes that benefit children, the elderly, the disabled, homeless, or otherwise marginalized people, provides both inner and outer positive feedback. It’s an old- fashioned way of being that simply makes us feel good.
- Listen to others’ stories. Stepping into others’ realities is a powerful way to help us get perspective on our own.
- Have fun. Every issue brought to a Therapist’s office is causing stress in some way. Fun is the enemy to stress, and is always a part of good self-care, whether it be hobbies, interests, or trying something new.