What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is primarily a talk-based therapy and is intended to help people improve and maintain their mental health and well-being. Licensed psychotherapists work with individuals, couples and families in individual and group settings.

Individuals usually seek psychotherapy when they have thoughts, feelings, moods and behaviours that are adversely affecting their day-to-day lives, relationships and the ability to enjoy life.

The psychotherapist is responsible for:
  • initiating a conversation about the benefits, risks and expected outcome(s) of the psychotherapy and informed consent
  • clearly communicating mutually agreed upon goals or plans
  • seek to have each therapy session begin with what problems and outcomes are desired and work toward this end
  • demonstrates the appropriate use of boundaries to create a safe and confidential environment
  • ensure that the client’s well-being is at the forefront of the relationship
  • work with the client(s) to gather relevant information that will support the formulation of a plan for psychotherapy
  • continuously evaluate outcomes of each session and the impact on overall treatment goal(s)
  • practice safe and effective use of self throughout the psychotherapeutic process and
  • adhere to the standards of practice for the profession.

Most psychotherapists will  use a variety of treatment approaches which may include:
  • Cognitive and Behavioural therapies
  • Experiential and Humanistic therapies
  • Psychodynamic therapies
  • Somatic therapies
  • Hypnotherapy, EMDR, Energy and other therapy modalities