You will arrive a few minutes early in order to fill out a brief intake form. The purpose of this form is to help me understand a little more about you and your situation. We will explore your reasons for coming to therapy, generate some realistic goals and establish a clear agreement regarding fees. Within this session we should have a good sense of our ability to work together.
How long is a session?
Sessions are generally 50 minutes in duration.
How often will I come?
Typically we meet once a week to start. The frequency and duration of our sessions may vary according to your specific situation. You may require longer or more frequent sessions at various times. Most clients report experiencing significant change within the first 6 -8 sessions.
What is client confidentiality?
All the information you share in writing, verbally or over the telephone will be carefully protected and kept securely stored. As we live in a smaller community I will protect your anonymity should we happen to meet in public. The exceptions to client confidentiality are situations involving child abuse or neglect or direct threats of harm to self or others.
What is the difference between a Psychiatrist, a Psychologist and a Registered Clinical Counsellor?
A Psychiatrist is a Medical Doctor who, in addition to diagnosis, can prescribe medications. A Registered Psychologist can provide a clinical diagnosis but does not prescribe medication. A Registered Clinical Counsellor does not diagnose or prescribe medication. All can provide some form of psychotherapeutic intervention. And, all are regulated, licensed and insured by appropriate professional associations requiring strict academic standards and supervised clinical training.