What is here?1) First we will look at the regulatory body in Ontario.2) Next, What is Psychotherapy and what does it really mean?3) Next, What can I expect in a session?
PsychotherapyIn Ontario the regulation of Psychotherapy will soon fall under the mandate of the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario. http://www.collegeofpsychotherapists.on.caThis new college will license Psychotherapists based on specific registration criteria and they will be granted the restricted title of: Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Psychotherapy Scope of PracticeThe practice of psychotherapy is the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances by psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship based primarily on verbal or non- verbal communication. - Psychotherapy Act, 2007, section 3.
Psychotherapy Authorized ActIn the course of engaging in the practice of psychotherapy, a member is authorized, subject to the terms, conditions and limitations imposed on his or her certificate of registration, to treat, by means of psychotherapy technique delivered through a therapeutic relationship, an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgement, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning. - Psychotherapy Act, 2007, section 4.
Psychotherapy• In order for the College to begin operations, the Psychotherapy Act, 2007 must be fully proclaimed by the Ontario Government.• Although much work has been done and proclamation was anticipated in late 2012, It is now anticipated that the full proclamation will occur some time in 2013 or 2014.
2) What is Psychotherapy?Psychotherapy is a term used to describe the process of treating psychological disorders and mental distress.During this process, a trained psychotherapist helps the client tackle a specific or general problem.Almost all types of psychotherapy involve developing a therapeutic relationship, communicating and creating a dialogue and working to overcome problematic thoughts or behaviors.
2) What is PsychotherapyPsychotherapy can be use with individuals, couples and groups for addressing: - Feelings of stagnation - Past events and trauma - Personality issues - Sexuality - Conflict - Anger - Employment - Relationships - Anxiety / Depression - Addictions - and much more
2) What is Psychotherapy There are many different therapeutic approaches and just a few are listed below:Psychodynamic TherapyPsychodynamic therapy is based on the assumption that a person is having emotional problems because of unresolved, generally unconscious conflicts, often stemming from childhood.Interpersonal TherapyInterpersonal therapy focuses on the behaviors and interactions a patient has with family and friends.Cognitive-Behavioral TherapyCognitive-behavioral therapy helps people identify and change inaccurate perceptions that they may have of themselves and the world around them.Humanistic therapyThis approach emphasizes peoples capacity to make rational choices and develop to their maximum potential. Concern and respect for others are also important themes.Integrative or holistic therapyMany therapists dont tie themselves to any one approach. Instead, they blend elements from different approaches and tailor their treatment according to each clients needs.
3) What can I expect in a sessionMany times you will work in ways that may be unfamiliar to you. Perhaps you will be creating art work, writing in a journal, meditating, talking or engaging in some type of physical activity.You are asked to step outside of your old way of being and consider new options, new perspectives, new possibilities, and new insights.
3) What can I expect in a sessionAt times these sessions bring up old and unpleasant feelings or memories. This is normal and will be short lived.We can expend large amounts of energy by unwittingly running from or hiding from the past.Resolving our history and trauma can release energy that is now available to propel us forward.
Please consider PsychotherapyPlease consider Psychotherapy for yourself, your family and your friends.There does not have to be a negative stigma attached to recognizing our struggles and seeking help.Remember, as we first heal the world within us we will in turn heal the world around us.