Frequently Asked Questions about Therapy – Edmonton

Who sees a psychologist/counsellor?
Why would you see a psychologist/counsellor?
When is it time to see a psychologist/counsellor?
How long does it usually take to start to feel better?
Is my information confidential?
What are sessions like?
What is the length of time for each therapy session?
How do I make the most out of my therapy?
Do I need a referral to book an appointment?

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Who sees a psychologist/counsellor?

Anyone who wants to improve some aspect of their life. Thousands of people seek help each year. It is important that the individual is willing to work on his/her problem(s).
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Why would you see a psychologist/counsellor?

Counseling can help you develop awareness and understanding, resolve your issues, and assist you in coping more effectively with life’s challenges. Each person goes to therapy for their own reasons. Some common concerns that psychologists/counsellors deal with are: grief/loss, depression, anger, parenting, relationship issues, trauma, sleeping issues, unmanageable fears or anxieties, etc.
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When is it time to see a psychologist/counsellor?

Many individuals go to therapy when they experience a relational, emotional, occupational, and/or behavioral problem that negatively impacts their ability to function in their daily life.
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How long does it usually take to start to feel better?

This depends on several factors including: a) the issue(s) and the severity of the issue(s), b) the client’s motivation to change, and c) the goal(s) of therapy. Most clients often feel better after the first session.
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Is my information confidential?

Confidentiality means that any information that clients provide in therapy stays between themselves and their therapist. All Registered and Provisionally Registered Psychologists adhere to strict confidentiality standards. However, few exceptions to this rule exist that Psychologists and Provisionally Registered Psychologists must adhere to, by law. These are:

  • When there is risk of imminent danger to yourself or others.
  • When there is a reasonable suspicion that a child or any other vulnerable person is being sexually, physically, or emotionally abused or neglected or when there is at risk for such abuse.
  • When there is a subpoena regarding information discussed in therapy.

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What are sessions like?

In a session, your therapist will listen to your concerns, obtain background information about the problem and its impact on your life, assess your resources and coping strategies, and collaboratively determine the goals of therapy with you. The therapist may give homework in between sessions, which is designed to help you achieve and maintain your goals. Each person brings a different life history and experiences to the session and has his/her own desires outcome, therefore, therapy will be tailored to each person’s specific needs. This can be discussed in further detail with your therapist. Typically, sessions are scheduled weekly to once every two weeks, at the outset of therapy. This often changes as the person begins to make changes.
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What is the length of time for each therapy session?

Session length varies, and most clients choose 1 hours session slots. With an hour session, a therapeutic session is 50 minutes long and documentation at the end of the session is 10 minutes long.
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How do I make the most out of my therapy?

You can enhance your experience in therapy by making therapy a priority in your life, being honest and open with yourself and your therapist, and by practicing any of the new skills that you acquire in therapy. Please note that a person often achieves greater results from therapy when they are open to the process and are willing to actively participate.
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Do I need a referral to book an appointment?

No. In your free 10-15 minute telephone consultation, you and your therapist will be able to determine whether the therapist can meet your specific needs and help you accomplish your goals. Afterward, your first appointment will be scheduled. If an appointment is not booked and you need further referrals, the therapist will provide you with appropriate referral options.
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