Psychotherapy is a form of talk-based therapy which involves a Registered Psychotherapist (or other regulated mental health professional such as a registered social worker) and an individual, couple or family in a confidential setting. A mutual relationship between a psychotherapist and individual is built on the foundations of trust, respecting and non-judgemental understanding. Psychotherapists utilize evidenced-based techniques that stem from various psychological perspectives including cognitive, behavioural, psychodynamic, and humanistic theory, to name a few. The relationship between the psychotherapist and client lays the framework to introduce studied therapeutic methods and techniques to help clients work towards goals established at the outset of therapy. Psychotherapists aid clients in examining their thoughts, feelings and behaviours and work with clients to make appropriate changes to enhance their overall mental well-being. The aim of psychotherapy is to provide clients with a safe space, free of judgment to work towards change, growth and autonomy.
There are many reasons why an individual may seek the support of a psychotherapist. As mentioned above there are many signs that an individual’s mental health may be deteriorating or not functioning at optimal levels. Additionally, individuals may look for support when they are facing major life transitions, the loss of a relationship, the death of a loved one, lack of self-confidence, increased anxiety, feelings of hopelessness or despair, disorder eating patterns, frequent and extreme changes in mood, among many others. Furthermore, individuals with diagnosed mental health disorders, which may include generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, amongst others, seek assistance from a mental health professional to help them learn skills, strategies and build awareness to assist them on the path of recovery. Lastly, many individuals who are not struggling with their mental health, but are looking for ways to expand on personal growth and exploration also seek the trusted guidance that can be provided in psychotherapy.
It’s important to know that you do not have to jump in all at once if you are considering seeking assistance for your mental health. It can be helpful to take small, simple steps to make the process feel less overwhelming. If you feel that psychotherapy is something you may benefit from, you can call and inquire for a free initial consult to determine if it’s right for you and your unique needs.
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