Psychotherapy, Art Therapy and Mental Health Counselling
Psychotherapy and counselling are therapeutic techniques which utilize an interpersonal relationship between the therapist and the patient for the purpose of psychological well-being. There is considerable overlap between the terms psychotherapy and counselling, but they are distinct approaches.
Utilizes ‘talk therapy’ to develop insight and self-understanding about a range of issues or concerns. This can include general stress, anxiety, and feelings of depression. Gaining insight about issues that are causing strain or difficulty in one’s life can have a positive impact on coping skills and resilience.
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that utilizes creative means to express thoughts and feelings. Just like psychotherapy it can help to understand and manage difficult behaviours, feelings, improve self-esteem and awareness. There is no need to be an artist to do art therapy, just the desire to try something creative and self-expressive.
Mental Health Counselling
The focus of counselling is usually on something more specific that may have a psychological source of concern. Counselling usually involves more goal setting and coordination of mental health supports and resources.
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Mentoring and Supervisory for Mental Health Professionals
Calling all counselling students, art therapy students, Registered Psychotherapists and Art Therapists! Looking for a clinical supervisor to help you be the best mental health provider you can be?
Clinical supervision is a requirement for therapists beginning their practice and considered ethical practice for more experienced counsellors as well. Supervision can bring a new perspective to your work with clients in identifying dilemmas, finding new approaches, problem-solving, or simply a source of outlet in a high-stress profession.
My approach is one of person-centered psychodynamic therapy with the option to incorporate art into our work. Supervision is a place to be vulnerable as a practitioner, express fears or challenges in practice and grow professionally. My goals as a supervisor is to help you reach your professional goals, bring forward your innate talents as a helping professional and help you build your skills and confidence.
We are collaborators in your supervision, meaning that I am following your goals and your needs in supervision to enhance the safety and care of your clients. I typically recommend bi-monthly supervision meetings but I’m happy to flow with what you feel you need.
I am a member of the CRPO in good standing since April 2015, a member of the College of Nurses of Ontario since 2001, and a licensed psychiatric nurse with the Canadian Nurses Association since 2003. I am a PhD candidate in Psychology at Walden University focusing on the ethical implications of online practice as well as a licensed art therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association. I have met the competencies related to supervision as required by the CRPO and have participated in group supervision as well as received individual supervision for many years.
Currently, I am supervising Masters of Counselling students as well as art therapy students and am happy to expand my services to new and experienced therapists. Contact me to find out more!
416-486-5222 or Talia@acutoronto.com
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
Here is a clip of a film by award winning Swedish director Frida Kempff looking at the work of Acutoronto’s mental health nurse and psychotherapist Talia Singer. It is a film about trust and above all, hope.
Psychotherapy Services are now Recognized as a Medical Expense by CRA
Exciting news, The Canada Revenue Agency has recently recognized the cost of non-reimbursed services provided by Registered Psychotherapists as a medical expense eligible for tax credit. The CRA website should reflect this shortly. Book an appointment today with Registered Psychotherapist Talia Singer RN RP. Come for a low-cost talk-therapy consultation or try out her creative art therapy techniques.