Psychotherapists are mental healthcare professionals that provide a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space for individuals to talk and work through their mental health concerns. Psychotherapists will use a patient-centred and collaborative model of health to identify triggers to unhealthy behaviour and thought patterns. Psychotherapists develop and implement treatment plans encompassing individual needs and goals to foster healthy and effective coping strategies to support growth and change. A variety of psychotherapeutic approaches can be utilized, including but not limited to: cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness cognitive behavior therapy, compassion-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therapy, and interpersonal therapy.
Psychotherapists are highly qualified health care providers that are trained and experienced in scientifically-validated psychological theories of counselling and treatment. Psychotherapists have a minimum of a Master’s degree in a psychology discipline together with a supervised clinical internship. Psychotherapists are registered with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists and Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and regulated by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
- Stress management
- Strains and sprains
- Relationship conflicts/Couple’s counseling
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Motivational conflicts
- Eating disorders
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Transitional changes
- Substance abuse
When should you consider psychotherapy?
- You have felt an overwhelming, prolonged sense of worthlessness, hopelessness and sadness
- You are caught in problems that seem to stick around, despite your efforts and support from others.
- You are beginning to engage in risky behaviours such as drug use, thrill seeking, escape behaviors and withdrawal
- You have difficulty concentrating, focusing or completing tasks
- You are experiencing increased anxiety and worry about the future
- You would like to gain skills for transition periods in your life, i.e. high school to college, job transition, career change, parenting
At CCH, our Psychotherapists deliver patient centred care by collaborating with other healthcare providers. Clients may be co-managed with Naturopathic and Functional Medicine for Naturopathic and Medical assessments, comprehensive laboratory testing, and holistic treatment as necessary. Our Psychotherapists may also collaborate with Chiropractic Medicine and Massage Therapy in the co-management of chronic pain conditions and Nutrition Services for individualized nutritional counseling.
Approximately, 1 out of 5 people in Ontario will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime. In most cases, mental health concerns extend further than the individual, but into their social networks as well. Despite these significant challenges, almost half of these individuals who would be suitable for psychotherapy, will not seek support through their family doctor due to lack of information, fear or shame. Most extended healthcare plans will cover the fees of seeing a Psychotherapist.