Making an appointment to meet with a psychotherapist

How can you decide who to work with?

Are you thinking about meeting with a psychotherapist but are uncomfortable about it on some level?

You are not alone!

In the next series of blogs I will explore some common feelings about psychotherapy that can make the difference between seeking assistance or not.

This first blog explores the difficulty of deciding whom to work with.  Making a decision to seek out help is a brave choice and not one that everyone makes! (example…Rob Ford).

By the time you have decided something isn’t working as well as it could in your life, you are already starting the work of creating change.

Now the first challenge comes into play! Who do I work with?  There are so many different types of therapy…..this is overwhelming!

Do I see a psychiatrist, psychologist, psychoanalyst, Cognitive Behavioural therapist, sex therapist, Jungian analyst, Gestalt psychotherapist, hypnotherapist?… and the list goes on and on!

This blog does not explore the differences amongst practitioners.  Rather the purpose of this blog is to simply alert you to the fact that there are differences in training, mandate, OHIP coverage, insurance coverage and style.

For example, a psychiatrist’s mandate is not necessarily to offer therapy sessions.  They may often refer their clients to a therapist while carefully monitoring medications and other aspects of their client.

A psychiatrist is covered by OHIP, and a psychotherapist is not.  What is important when making the brave decision to seek help is that you empower yourself to ask as many questions as possible.

Do your research and understand the style of therapy you are looking at engaging with.

What I have found over the years, both as a client and as a therapist, is that no matter what kind of therapy you engage in, it is the relationship and rapport with the therapist that heals.

Change in therapy does not come about by a series of techniques.  Rather, research reveals it is the healing relationship between client and therapist that is most important.

When choosing a therapist it is wise to meet or speak with more than one and get a sense of who they are and what they feel they have to offer you.

See how you feel after meeting them.  Be empowered by realizing that this is an important decision and the person you decide to work with needs to feel right on some gut level to you!

Good luck with your decision!  If you would like to find out more about me, please contact me to schedule an appointment to get started.  I am happy to answer your questions and wish you all the best.