Toronto Psychologist Dr. Mishy Elmpak, C. Psych.

Does psychotherapy really help?

There have been many studies which show that psychotherapy is effective and can help reduce unwanted feelings and bothersome thoughts. Psychotherapy can contribute to more satisfying relationships and a more peaceful and productive life. Psychotherapy can help in life’s transition such as at work or in relationships. It helps with overwhelming feelings such as anxiety, and contributes to understanding one’s limitations and barriers to personal growth. Psychotherapy can show perspectives and solutions to life’s challenges and difficulties and make life easier through someone who can help.

How does psychotherapy take place?

Each individual has different needs and issues. Therapy can be provided to one person, one couple, a family or a group. Usually therapy is being provided on a one-to-one basis and over the course of 50 minutes per session at a frequency of once per week. Once you have initiated your first visit, the frequency and duration of any possible further visits for your specific issue at the time of your visit will be discussed with you in conjunction with your therapist. Therapy can be scheduled on a short-term basis and focus on one specific issue, or it can be long-term and address more in-depth issues. It can also be another specific issue perhaps years later. It can be provided on a weekly basis for one session or several sessions per week. Some people book several consecutive sessions to deal with their issues in more-depth at one time. Some people come on an as-needed basis. And some people choose a therapist they feel comfortable with and return whenever they need to see the therapist for many years. The process can be similar to finding the physician, dentist, lawyer or specialist you like and feel comfortable with and see him/her over the course of your life whenever you need a visit. Some people come once and never return, or return again years later.

What can I expect from psychotherapy?

The initial sessions usually deal with assessing and understanding your issues. You can expect to be given suggestions for certain books or articles to read, CD’s to listen to, keep records of specific behaviours, complete handouts and take certain actions in between the therapy sessions.

The real change is taking place in real life and for these reasons it is important to integrate the issues experienced, learned and discussed during therapy into your real life outside of therapy.

What is my next step?

If you feel, you are ready to give it a try, I would be happy to be of assistance to you. Just call me at 647-294-7510.

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