WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
WHICH PSYCHOTHERAPY IS RIGHT FOR ME?
WHICH PROFESSIONAL IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Questions to ask the professional:
- What is your training, areas of expertise, and experience? Are you licensed or certified to provide psychotherapy?
- What kind of psychotherapy do you use? What does the evidence say about this treatment for people with my diagnosis or concerns?
- What can I expect from treatment? What will the sessions look like and how long can I expect to see you?
- Are there any risks of this treatment approach?
- Is there a cost?
- Are there other ways to talk, such as videoconference, email, or phone?
Questions to ask yourself:
- Do I feel comfortable sharing my experiences honestly with this professional?
- Do I feel like this professional understands where I’m coming from and what I’m looking for?
- Do I feel like I will be listened to without judgment?
- Do I understand what’s expected of me? Are these expectations realistic for me at this time?
HOW CAN I ACCESS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
- Contact a professional or a counselling agency directly
- Talk to your doctor or other mental health care providers for recommendations
- Contact a local mental health or community organization
- See if your workplace has an Employee(Family) Assistance Program or extended health benefits to cover the cost of psychotherapy sessions
- Get in touch with counselling departments at your school or campus
- Contact national, provincial, or territorial professional organizations for information and referral services