Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know whether I need help?
Perhaps the most important cue is that something is prompting you to consider therapy. You may be experiencing some of the classic symptoms of trauma: insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, depression, anxiety, edginess, difficulty concentrating or difficulty thinking clearly. Perhaps you’re feeling trapped by negative thoughts or patterns of behaviour. If there are issues that are interfering with your day-to-day life or preventing you from reaching your goals, it may be time for a little professional support. Ultimately, however, only you know when you’re ready to address your problems.
Does therapy really work?
In a word, yes. Therapy is very different from venting to a friend. The tools I use have been proven to get results in randomized clinical trials.
For example, studies have shown that trauma survivors who undergo Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) have significantly lower levels of distress and anxiety compared to active listening or no treatment (Cvetek, 2008). Studies of women who survived childhood sexual abuse (Edmond, Rubin and Wambach, 1999; Edmond & Rubin, 2004) showed EMDR reduced distress, anxiety and depression and helped the women develop healthier beliefs about themselves. These results persisted 18 months after therapy.
How long will it take?
My goal is to help you heal and get on with your life as quickly as possible. How long that takes depends on the issues you’re dealing with. Treating the effects of a single traumatic incident could take as little as three sessions. For repeated or long-term trauma, the process may take several months.
Won’t talking about my problems make them worse?
While it’s natural to ignore painful memories, shutting them away in the back corner of your mind, unfortunately, won’t resolve them. In contrast, reprocessing those episodes allows you to put the past behind you.
Yes, confronting traumatic memories creates short-term distress. I won’t ask you to do that until I’m confident that you have the tools to cope with those emotions. Then we’ll do it in a safe, caring environment where you feel supported every step of the way.
How do I know you’re the right therapist for me?
I bring extensive training and experience to help clients deal with the aftereffects of abuse and trauma. My clients tell me I’m patient, understanding and compassionate. All that said, I know how important it is to have the right fit. If you decide after our first meeting that you’re not comfortable with my personality or approach — or if I feel I don’t have the skills you need — I won’t charge you for the session.
What are your fees?
Sessions are 50 minutes in length and $150 per session.
Is therapy covered by my benefits plan?
Counselling/psychotherapy from a Registered Social Worker is covered under many extended healthcare plans. Please check with your benefits provider or HR department.
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