Many different kinds of people ask for verbal psychotherapy for many different reasons. Psychotherapy can be offered to an individual, couple, family, or to a blended family. It can also be useful to a group of unrelated people that may have experienced some form of trauma as a group. There are many types of verbal psychotherapy. A few of the most common types of verbal psychotherapy are cognitive-behavioural, client-centred, ego-analytic, psychodynamic, etc. While each may differ somewhat from the other, the common component is that verbal psychotherapy starts out simply as a discussion between two or more individuals in a quiet, comfortable, safe meeting place.
Psychotherapy is a joint effort between the psychotherapist and the patient. As a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, I will listen to what you share with me, ask certain questions about what you think about certain things, and offer suggestions about what, or how, you might consider making some changes in your thinking, judgments, thoughts, or behaviours. My clinical training and more than three decades of clinical experience will help me guide you to develop new perspectives about the way in which you see yourself in your social environment and assist you in moving towards a more contented life.
You will always have the opportunity of telling me what you think I propose or suggest is working and what you think is not working. I believe that it is important that we have open communication regarding the treatment process. Otherwise, the treatment effectiveness is greatly diminished. If either you or I come to the conclusion that the treatment suggestions that I provide is not effective, I will endeavour to assist you in seeking another professional that might provide a more effective treatment approach.
Each of us can terminate the relationship if there is any occasion of substantial dishonesty, suspected malingering, physical threat, potential violence or harassment.