Our Emotional Wellbeing is closely tied to our physical wellbeing.
We have all experienced worry, anxiety and depression in some form at some point in our lives. Factors that affect our emotions can be as little as not getting enough sleep, chronic pain or large changes such as a death or divorce.
We all process and manage these environmental stressors differently, long term exposure to unresolved stress can manifest not only emotionally but physically.
Acutoronto can provide a holist approach to helping you be your best both physically and emotionally. We can help you manage:
What is a Psychotherapy Session Like?
Talia Singer, RN, RP, MS
Greeting from me, Talia! Psychotherapist and nurse at Acutoronto. I’m pleased to invite you to come for a visit if you are curious about psychotherapy or art therapy for mental health and psychological wellbeing.
Your first therapy session
Your first psychotherapy session is usually a time for us to get to know one another and see if there is a therapeutic connection. You may be asked to fill out some forms about your current and past physical and emotional health. It may take a few sessions for me to fully understand your situation and concerns and to determine the best approach for us to work together.
The first session is also an opportunity for you to interview me about my approach and determine if this will be helpful to you. You may want to know:
- What type of therapy will be used
- The goals of your treatment
- The length of each session
- How many therapy sessions you may need
Don’t hesitate to ask questions anytime during your appointment. If you don’t feel comfortable me as your therapist, don’t be shy to say so. Having a good fit with your therapist is critical for psychotherapy to be effective.
We will probably meet once a week or every other week for a session that lasts 60 minutes. Psychotherapy works best if we meet fairly frequently to deal with thoughts and feelings that are arising.
Types of psychotherapy
There are a number of effective types of psychotherapy. I tend to use a combination of modalities and techniques, however, I always take under consideration your preferences and situation.
Some techniques I use include:
- Psychodynamic and psychoanalysis therapies, which focus on increasing your awareness of unconscious thoughts and behaviors, developing new insights into your motivations, and resolving conflicts
- Interpersonal psychotherapy, which focuses on addressing problems with your current relationships with other people to improve your interpersonal skills — how you relate to others, such as family, friends and colleagues
- Art therapy, which builds self-esteem and provides insight through art making.
Because psychotherapy sometimes involves intense emotional discussions, you may find yourself crying, upset or even having an angry outburst during a session. Some people may feel physically exhausted after a session. I’m here to help you cope with such feelings and emotions and you may even want to email me after a session is over.Don’t worry if you find it hard to open up about your feelings at first. Together we build a relationship that helps you gain more comfort as time goes on.
The number of psychotherapy sessions you need and how frequently you need to see me depends on such factors as:
Length of psychotherapy
Except in very specific circumstances, conversations with me are confidential. However, a therapist may break confidentiality if there is an immediate threat to safety or when required by provincial or federal law to report concerns to authorities.
- Your particular mental illness or situation
- Severity of your symptoms
- How long you’ve had symptoms or have been dealing with your situation
- How quickly you make progress
- How much stress you’re experiencing
- How much your mental health concerns interfere with day-to-day life
- How much support you receive from family members and others
- Cost and insurance limitations