Is Psychotherapy right for me?
Seeking out psychotherapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to psychotherapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek advice as they pursue their own personal exploration, healing, and growth. Working with a psychotherapist can help provide insight, support, and new skills and strategies for all types of life challenges. Psychotherapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body/self-image issues, and general life transitions. Psychotherapy is valuable for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by creating greater self-awareness, taking ownership and responsibility, and working towards beneficial change and consistent wellbeing in their lives.
Do I really need Psychotherapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, it can still be beneficial to seek out extra support when you need it. In fact, psychotherapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they are the benefactors from a helping hand, and that is something to be admired as well as acknowledged as an act of courage. You are taking responsibility for your personal empowerment by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to be willing to change the situation or how you respond to the situation by seeking psychotherapy. Psychotherapy offers long-lasting benefits and support, empowering you with the tools you need to maintain healthy boundaries, avoid triggers, increase mindfulness, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face. Thus, creating space and possibility towards expansive well-being and a fulfilling and authentic life.
How can Psychotherapy benefit me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Psychotherapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping and healing strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management or mismanagement, self-esteem and body/self-image issues, and even unlock creative blocks. Many people also find that Psychotherapists can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage and relationship challenges, and the frustrations of daily life. Psychotherapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem and/or collaborate with you to point you in the direction of a solution. The lasting benefits you obtain from psychotherapy depend on how well you implement the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from psychotherapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals, and your values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships (to self, others, and the world)
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new and/or improved ways to cope with stress, anxiety, fear, and doubt
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones that better serve you
- Discovering new and/or more effective ways to solve problems in your life, family, marriage or your work
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
What is Psychotherapy like with Dr. McQueen?
Every psychotherapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is typical for psychotherapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty to sixty minutes. Psychotherapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the psychotherapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors, thoughts, emotions, etc... It is important to engage the process of what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For psychotherapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and in-between sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are generally more willing to take ownership for their life experience as well as responsibility for their actions. They put in effort to make themselves available/willing to work towards self-change, and to create greater awareness in their lives including the dimensions of their strengths and successes. Here are some things you can expect out of psychotherapy with Dr. McQueen:
- Compassion, respect, and understanding
- Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
- Real strategies for enacting positive change
- Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance and/or professional insight
- Support and acceptance regarding the human condition and the challenges of being human in the 21st century
Is Medication a substitute for Psychotherapy?
In some cases a combination of medication and psychotherapy is the most prudent course of action. Working with your medical doctor or psychiatrist you can determine what's best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, psychotherapy addresses the roots of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of wellbeing with an integrative approach to wellness.
Is Psychotherapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a Client and Psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the Client.
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The Psychotherapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The Psychotherapist is required to notify the police.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The Psychotherapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken to keep them safe.