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Frequently Asked Questions

 

I am thinking about seeking psychotherapy services for my family. What is my next step?

Making the decision to seek support can feel daunting and frightening for families. To connect with Michelle:

Feel free to ask questions and express any reluctance you may be feeling.

I’m 13-years old and I don’t want my parents to be involved in psychotherapy with me; is this okay?

Michelle strongly believes that partnerships with parents can be helpful in many circumstances. Although Michelle will usually encourage the involvement of parents or caregivers, a youth who is 12-years old and older has a legal right to private, confidential counselling services, and may therefore meet on their own with a Psychotherapist.

Is what I say in my psychotherapy session kept confidential?

What you talk about in your sessions with a Psychotherapist is kept confidential, except in situations where harm has or might happen to you or others if we do not let the right supports know what is going on. These are the four circumstances that would require a Psychotherapist to break confidentiality in order to keep you or someone else safe:

  1. If you report that you or someone you know under the age of 16 is being abused,

  2. If you report that you/someone you know is in immediate danger of harming yourself/themselves or others,

  3. If a judge orders that a Psychotherapist’s information be provided in court proceedings,

  4. If you report that a regulated health professional has engaged in sexual misconduct with you or someone you know.

Are there any risks involved in participating in Psychotherapy Services?

Participating in Psychotherapy can sometimes bring to the surface difficult thoughts and feelings; however, Michelle provides clients with a warm, safe, and non-judgemental space to work through these challenging feelings together.

Some benefits to Psychotherapy include:

  • Feeling heard and understood,

  • Developing new ways to cope with a problem or challenging feelings,

  • Feeling less worried, sad, or angry,

  • Preventing a temporary problem from becoming worse,

  • Feeling less isolated,

  • Becoming connected to other helpful resources in your community.

How often do I attend Psychotherapy?

The frequency of sessions is truly dependent on your unique individual needs and goals; however, it is typical for clients to attend sessions on a weekly or biweekly basis.