Counselling and Psychotherapy
What is Counselling?
Counselling is generally a short-term one-to-one relationship with a knowledgeable and empathic professional focused on your specific goals.
Some people seek counselling when they are experiencing distress about difficulties coping with life issues.
Others want to change their lifestyle, improve their outlook, or learn new skills to better their life.
Counselling can help you learn or improve such skills as:
- work performance
- stress management
- time management
- coping with life transitions.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy generally describes a longer-term therapeutic relationship focused on treating psychological difficulties and mental distress. Psychotherapy involves developing a therapeutic relationship, creating a dialogue, and working to overcome problematic thoughts or behaviours.
This is a partnership between an individual and a professional that helps people understand their emotions and assists them with changing their behaviour. People who want to deal with long-standing problems and/or unresolved issues from the past that continue to affect their ability to function in the present are candidates for psychotherapy.
People often consider psychotherapy when:
- they feel an overwhelming and prolonged sense of sadness and helplessness, and they feel both hopeless and helpless to change anything in their lives.
- their emotional difficulties make it hard for them to function from day to day, for example, they are unable to concentrate on their job and performance suffers as result
- their actions are harmful to themselves or to others, for instance, they drink excessively and/or become aggressive
- they are suffering from anxiety disorders or depression. (Nearly 25% of the adult population in North America suffers at some point from anxiety or depression.)
You can arrange an appointment directly or by professional referral, such as from your family doctor.
If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident, you can be referred by your lawyer, a rehabilitation consultant, a physiotherapist or an occupational therapist.