Throughout our lives, we face many new challenges. At times, we may find ourselves feeling so overwhelmed that our usual ways of coping are no longer working. Giving yourself the gift of psychotherapy is a proactive step in the management of life’s pressures.
Therapy can be a life-enhancing experience. It can help you become more self-aware and give you the tools and skills you need to make lasting change in your life. Psychotherapy is a collaboration between you and your therapist to focus on your concerns and work towards your goals.
What Does Therapy Offer?
Research suggests that up to 50% of people find significant improvement in their problem area after only eight sessions.
Psychotherapy can be delivered to individuals, couples, families and groups. There are a variety of psychotherapeutic styles, such as psychoanalysis, family therapy, brief therapy, sex therapy, art therapy, drama therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy and emotionally-focused therapy, to name a few. Also, a range of techniques can be included in psychotherapy, including hypnosis, EMDR and body work.
Finding a Therapist
Sorting through the wide variety of psychotherapeutic styles and techniques can be a daunting and expensive task. However, making sure there is a good fit between yourself and your therapist is the best way to ensure a satisfying outcome.
Most psychotherapists draw on more than one perspective and will use various techniques, depending on your needs. Psychotherapists come from various professions. For example, they can be social workers, psychologists, professional counselors, or psychiatrists. In most cases, psychotherapists are educated at the masters (MA, MSW, MSc) or doctoral level (PhD, PsyD, DSW).
Make sure that your psychotherapist is a member in good standing with a professional association ensures that they have met the training and educational requirements necessary to practice their profession.
Getting the Most from Therapy
Here are some things to keep in mind when you start the therapy process:
- Research has shown that when the client and therapist agree on the
problem areas and how therapy can help, the overall outcome is much improved.
- The process of therapy is two-way: that is, both client and therapist have to work to get results. Try to give some thought to what you would like to explore before each session.
- To maintain a good working relationship, be clear with your therapist about your expectations and be sure to mention any concerns that come up during therapy.
- Remember that it is okay to ask questions so that you clearly understand the service you are receiving.
- Be sure to review your goals and progress with your therapist occasionally to ensure that your work is going in the right direction. Sometimes changes in goals occur as you work through the issues you started with.
- Remember, therapy is work. There will be times when you feel good after a session and others when you do not feel as good. When therapy gets challenging, it is a sign of progress.
At the Montreal Therapy Centre we pride ourselves on our ability to match you with a therapist who suits your needs. To learn more about our team of professionals and our qualifications, visit this page. Or, fill out our short form and we will contact you to discuss your needs and match you with a therapist through online therapy or in person at the Montreal Therapy Centre.