At York Region CBT we have a team of experienced psychotherapists who are trained in evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT). Our clinicians offer help for a range of issues including (but not limited to):
- Relationship Difficulties
- Life Transitions
- Workplace Stress
- Childhood Trauma
People often choose to start psychotherapy because they are struggling with negative feelings, unsettling moods, worrisome thoughts, unhealthy behaviours, and/or are having difficulties in their relationships. Psychotherapy has been shown to be an effective form of treatment to several issues related to mental health and functioning. Although there may be obstacles to psychotherapy – such as talking about upsetting issues, getting in touch with painful feelings, or changing certain relationship dynamics that were fueled by old patterns – psychotherapy has a number of important benefits including:
- Increased self-awareness
- Improved relationships
- Improved communication skills
- Clearer personal goals
- Increased confidence
- Increased ability to set boundaries
- Decreased levels of depression and anxiety
- Coming to terms with past painful experiences
Several research studies indicate that psychotherapy helps people make positive changes in their lives. The American Psychological Association cites research that, on average, individuals who complete psychotherapy are better off than 80 % of those who do not receive treatment. Although there are no guarantees that treatment will be successful in every case, there is substantial evidence that many people receive significant benefits from psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy relies, primarily, on talk-therapy interventions, rather than medication or direct physical interventions. That being said, psychotherapy is more than just “talking.” It involves the use of techniques and/or therapeutic exercises that require active participation and practice from clients. Psychotherapy also involves the development of a trusting, caring, and collaborative relationship with a professional trained in the techniques of mental health treatment.
Psychotherapy is a regulated act that can only be performed by certain regulated health care professionals. Some of these professionals include:
- Social workers
- Occupational Therapists
- Psychiatric Nurses
Below is a chart developed by the Ontario Psychological Association highlighting the education, training, and scope of practice of some of these professionals:
It can be confusing to know which professional to contact for psychotherapy, as all the professionals listed above may offer psychotherapy services. Some of our clients choose their professional based on their insurance coverage. Even though most insurance companies cover psychotherapy services, some insurance companies may specify the type of professional you need to choose. For example, some insurance companies only cover psychotherapy services delivered by a social worker or psychologist. However, if you know you have coverage for different professionals or you are not using an insurance company, then you have a range of professionals to choose from based on your personal preferences (e.g., availability, therapy modality, cultural background, etc.). All our professionals at York Region CBT have extensive training in psychotherapy and are experienced in the treatment of several mental health disorders as well as relationship difficulties, life transitions, and stress management. Be sure to call your insurance provider if you are not clear on your psychotherapy coverage.