Do I need therapy?
Everyone goes through difficult challenges in life. While you may have been able to cope with the challenges you’ve encountered, it’s always a good idea to seek extra support when you need it. In fact, when you realize you need a helping hand, you’re taking responsibility admirably by facing the challenges you encounter in life. When you have the flu, you go to the doctor. When you're feeling sad, frustrated, overwhelmed or may want help coping with a difficult periond in life, counselling is an appropriate option to help take care of your mental health.
How can therapy help me?
There are many benefits in participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support and help you find relief for issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, stress, and relationship problems. Counseling is extremely valuable in managing personal growth, relationships, and the many challenges faced in daily life. Therapy can help you develop tools to better manage and cope with difficulties you encounter. By applying therapy techniques, therapists can provide different perspectives on complicated problems or even help guide you to a solution or reconciliation.
What happens during therapy?
What therapy looks like in session can be different depending on the goals for therapy and the needs of the person. Generally speaking, regardless of what may have brought one to therapy, we have consisently found that the experience is one of self-discovery - of coming to a greater understanding of one's self, and finding more self-compassion, and from there, the ripple effect on one's life of all the positive benefits that come with such growth.
We may begin a course of therapy by completing a full and thorough psychosocial assessment, which involves a complete history of you, up to the present day. However, whether or not we go through this process again depends on the needs of the client. The focus of each session is determined by the client - we will partner with you in the area(s) you hope to work on.
Ultimately, regardless of the focus of the work, we want to help you bring what you’ve discovered or learnt during therapy back into your daily life.
Therapy is a joint effort. We believe counselling is a process whereby a client seeks to resolve personal and/or interpersonal difficuilties with the assistance of a trained professional. Your therapist will bring to the session their professional knowledge and experience, but the ultimate responsibility for growth and change rests with the client(s). You are invited at any time to ask questions about your therapist, their methods, and/or the plan for treatment.
Medication & Therapy
Sometimes, medication alone or therapy alone are not enough to solve your mental and emotional problems. Research indicates that medication and therapy can often work together, complement and enhance the beneficial effects of each. Our clinic endorses a wholistic approach which would also include lifestyle choices like proper exercise, sleep, and avoidance of substance abuse. Treatment approaches like this can be best practice for many mental health difficulties. Not everyone requires medication to improve their mental health, however, some mental illnesses and difficulties require medication in order to be properly managed. Check with your medical doctor and see what’s the best treatment for you.
Is what I tell my therapist confidential?
The content of all therapy sessions is confidential. Both verbal information and written records about a client cannot be divulged to any other party without the written consent of the client. However, legal limits of confidentiality include the following situations as exceptions:
Duty to Warn and Protect: When a client discloses intentions or a plan to harm another person, the counsellor is required to warn the intended victim and report this information to legal authorities. In cases in which the client discloses or implies a plan for suicide, the counsellor is required to notify legal authorities and make reasonable attempts to notify the family of the client.
Abuse of Children and Vulnerable Adults: If a client states that he or she is abusing a child (or vulnerable adult including seniors) or has recently abused a child (or vulnerable adult including seniors), or a child (or vulnerable adult including seniors) is in danger of abuse, the counsellor is required to report this information to the appropriate social service and/or legal authorities.
Insurance Providers (when applicable): Insurance companies and other third-party payers are given information that they request regarding services to clients. Disclosure of confidential information may be required by your insurance carrier to process claims. Only the minimum necessary
information will be communicated to the carrier such as the verification of billing information, counsellors’ credentials, clients served, and services provided.
What types of therapy modalities/approaches does Transitions offer?
Our therapists are trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is a best practice treatment for a wide array of mental health difficulties. In CBT, clients learn to identify, question and change the thoughts, attitudes and beliefs related to the emotional and behavioural reactions that cause them difficulty. about CBT.
We also have two therapists trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a best practice treatment for trauma and other mental health difficulties.