It is normal to feel uncomfortable in the beginning. However, as a therapist, it is my job to put you to ease. The research shows that the solid therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client amounts to 50% of the healing.
If you have been thinking of counselling, take this as your sign from the universe. I have NEVER worked with someone who regretted taking the time to care for themselves in this way. Therapy is work, but it is also often a relief and leaves you feeling better than when you began. Like most things that require work, the rewards far outweigh the work! Therapy can be for anyone with any struggles or hopes at any stage.
Most of the patients start to feel better right after the first session. This does not mean the issues are resolved, but speaking to a non-bias and supportive individual, like a therapist, often provides some relief immediately. Depending upon the reasons for seeking the therapy, some clients take longer to feel better. Treatment works best when it’s made a priority, just like most things in life. In the first session, we collaboratively established some goals for our work together, and these will give us a better idea of where you would like your sessions and therapy experience to go to feel your best!
Homework is for school, not therapy! Most of the things you process treatment will have to settle in over the next few weeks, months, or years. That’s much mental work already! If you like thinking and working outside of sessions, I’m happy to suggest podcasts, books, or other easily accessible resources that apply to your work. I may also send you resources following the session so you have them to reference. You will never HAVE to do homework :)
I provide options to fit the varied needs of my clients. I have the most session availability during the evenings and weekends.
I practice virtually from Stouffville, Ontario, Canada and provide services to anyone worldwide.
Some insurance plans cover costs associated with seeing a Psychotherapist. However, not all do. You must check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage.
If your plan does have social work or psychotherapy coverage, you will need to submit a receipt to them for reimbursement. Psychotherapists do not typically do direct billing in Ontario.
Our therapy is affordable. We want everyone to take benefit from our services. Hence, we offer sliding scale – income-based payments.
At Hope Counselling Centre, we offer our clients the highest level of confidentiality. You can read more about the therapy contract here to learn about the terms and conditions of treatment, including the full confidentiality policy.