What is Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is also known as talk-therapy, counselling, or simply ‘therapy’. It is used to help individuals, couples or families address personal difficulties and learn skills to be able to cope with life’s challenges. Psychotherapy can be used to bring about positive changes in a client’s thoughts, emotions, behaviours and social functioning.
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What is a Psychotherapist?
In Ontario, a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) is one of the regulated health professionals who may provide psychotherapy services. Psychotherapists view their client’s challenges as opportunities for growth rather than illnesses which need to be cured. They employ a wide range of skills to help their client come to a better understanding of their emotions, thoughts and behaviours and to find meaning in their experiences.
An RP works to create a trusting relationship with their clients and will provide a safe environment for clients to confidentially share their concerns.
How Long Does it Take?
Depending on the goals of the client, a course of therapy could take anywhere from one to twelve months.
Is It for Me?
Psychotherapy can provide help for a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, anger, addictions and relationship challenges. Anyone who may be struggling and feeling overwhelmed by their problems may benefit from psychotherapy.
Is Psychotherapy Covered by Insurance?
Yes! Psychotherapy is now included in most health insurance plans. Check your benefit plan to confirm that Psychotherapy is covered. If you do not see psychotherapy on your benefits, contact you HR department to ask if psychotherapy can be added to your package.