Steyaert Counselling offers individual counselling and psychotherapy sessions both in-person and virtually across Southern Ontario. We offer dozens of therapeutic techniques and modalities tailored to each client’s needs. Contact us today if you or someone you love is interested in our psychotherapy services.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy, also called individual counselling or individual therapy, is the treatment of personality and mind disorders through psychological techniques and modalities.
What Occurs in Counselling?
In counselling, clients’ concerns are addressed, goals are identified, and progress is made by utilizing therapeutic modalities and techniques to meet your specific needs in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
Common Counselling Challenges
When life becomes overwhelming, unbearable, or just plain challenging, individual counselling may be an option to help you develop a better understanding of your difficulties and needs, build resilience, and regain control of your life.
The most common reasons people reach out for counselling services are:
- Trauma or PTSD
- Anger Management
- Grief or Significant Losses
- Low Self-Confidence or Self-Esteem
- Life Transitions
- Coping Skills
How Therapists Can Help
We offer counselling services that take place in a safe, caring, and confidential space, allowing for open discussions and problem-solving.
By exploring your thoughts and emotions, our counselling can help with the following:
- Unbiased, supportive listening
- Identifying your challenges and triggers
- Evaluating your existing coping strategies
- Building positive, productive techniques for coping
- Growing self-confidence, self-esteem, and resilience
Individual Counselling Benefits
Psychotherapy has been linked to improving emotions and behaviours and positively linked to changes in the body and mind. Counselling also allows you to:
- Discover Healthy Coping Mechanisms
- Identify Self-Triggers
- Overcome Harmful Behaviours
- Become Physically Healthier
- Improve Self-Dependency
Counselling Services Options
There is no one formula for individual counselling. Effective interventions and support for one person may not work for another person.
Some of our common approaches to individual therapy are:
Focused on acceptance of difficult emotions, ACT guides individuals to commit to values-driven actions, promoting psychological flexibility.
CBT targets negative thought patterns and behaviours, helping individuals reframe their perceptions, develop coping skills, and achieve emotional well-being.
Integrating mindfulness with CBT, and MBCT helps prevent relapses of depression and anxiety by promoting awareness of present thoughts and emotions.
This approach helps individuals reframe their life stories, empowering them to separate from problems and create new, more positive narratives.
SFBT focuses on solutions and goals, enabling individuals to identify strengths and create practical strategies for change.
Centred on processing traumatic experiences, this therapy helps individuals address trauma’s impact on thoughts, emotions, and behaviours for healing and resilience
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Commonly Asked Questions
How Long Does Psychotherapy Take?
The duration of psychotherapy varies depending on individual needs and goals. Some people may benefit from short-term therapy (e.g., 6-12 sessions), while others may require longer-term treatment. The therapist will work collaboratively with you to determine the appropriate length of therapy.
How Do I Choose The Right Therapist?
Choosing the right therapist is crucial for a positive therapy experience. Consider factors such as the therapist’s qualifications, experience, specialization, and therapeutic approach. It’s important to find someone you feel comfortable with and trust. You can seek recommendations from your healthcare provider, friends, or family, or use online directories to find licensed therapists in your area.
Will My Therapy Questions Be Confidential?
Yes, therapy sessions are typically confidential. Therapists are bound by professional ethics and legal requirements to maintain client confidentiality. However, there are some exceptions to confidentiality, such as if there is a risk of harm to oneself or others. Your therapist will explain the limits of confidentiality during your initial sessions.
Can I Use My Insurance to Cover Psychotherapy Expenses?
Many extended healthcare plans in Ontario include coverage for psychotherapy services. Check with your insurance provider to understand the specifics of your coverage, including the reimbursement process, any deductibles or copayments, and the number of sessions covered.