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What does Catharsis mean?

Catharsis is a powerful concept that can bring a sense of relief and help us process difficult emotions. It is defined as the release of strong or repressed emotions. By allowing us to express our feelings and thoughts in a safe environment, catharsis can be an important part of healing and growth.

I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m not used to opening up to people. Isn't going to therapy a sign of weakness?

Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now at certain points in their lives. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before that may not work when faced with certain situations. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, we will identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.

What’s the difference between talking to someone I already know (e.g., friends, family, etc.)?

The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. In addition, therapy is completely confidential.  

Shouldn't I just take medication?

Medication alone cannot solve every issue. It may treat the symptoms but it may not treat the source. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, analyze and understand your behaviour and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. That being said, medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.

I do not understand how it works. What do I have to do in sessions?

Each person has different issues/concerns and goals for what they would like to accomplish in therapy. So, therapy will be different depending on the individual. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

How long does it take?

Unfortunately, this can depend on a variety of factors. Everyone’s circumstances are unique. The length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy. 

How can I get the most out of therapy? 

It's wonderful that you are so dedicated to improving your mental health. Your motivation is inspiring! We only see each other for a session a week, so it’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help with your personal growth and advancement.

My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counselling or come together?

If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would do so. During this work, if one of you would like to pursue individual therapy, I would have to refer out to a colleague.  It is not beneficial to go from individual to couple's work as there would be a conflict of interest. 

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