We help people live life, unreservedly through effective therapy. Discover your joy.
We believe that therapy is for everyone – you do not need to be mentally ill to benefit from therapy. Therapy is a way to help you get unstuck from old patterns that no longer serve your highest purpose. Anxiety, depression, addiction, sleeping problems, relationship difficulties – we have all experienced something that feels unmanageable. Therapy can help you get unstuck and live joyfully and with purpose.
***Updated Cancellation Policy and Pricing: To current clients, please note we are updating our cancellation policy effective January 1st, 2023. We now require a full 48 hours’ notice to cancel or reschedule an appointment. A full session fee will be charged if there is insufficient notice. The only exception is the hospitalization of yourself or an immediate family member. Our price has also increased to $190/hr, effective immediately***
Did you know?
In 2018, roughly 5.3 million people in Canada mentioned they needed some help for their mental health in the previous year. Source: Statscan
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I really need therapy?
Life can be difficult sometimes. Stress is abundant and there are increasing pressures on the average person – to perform, succeed and generally crush life. Sometimes that can all add up, and end up crushing you. Therapy gives you an independent person to talk to, someone who will support you to find your own solutions. This feels more empowering than hearing everyone’s opinions – that is probably what you get from your friends or family.
Therapy is different. And we can all use someone who is firmly on our side.
How do I choose a therapist?
The helping professions can be complex to navigate. There are Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Counsellors, Social Workers, and Clinical Social Workers. To complicate matters further, everyone seems to offer a different modality – CBT, Solutions Focused, Trauma-informed, IFS, Gestalt, AIT, DBT – what the heck are they talking about?
Guess what – the most important factor when choosing a therapist is this – do you like them? You are going to be talking about difficult stuff, and feeling difficult feelings, you need someone who feels trustworthy to you and whom you think you can really talk to. Numerous long-term studies have shown that what helps people change in therapy is the healing attachment relationship they experience with their therapist.
What kind of commitment do I need to make?
Healing in therapy often takes time – don’t forget, you are re-wiring your brain and learning to regulate your nervous system. It took years and plenty of experiences to get you where you are now, give yourself even a fraction of that time to change how you think and feel in therapy. Generally speaking, being prepared to commit to 10 sessions is a good start.
At Therapy for People, we encourage people to come weekly for the first 4 sessions. This gets you started, and helps avoid the feeling that you are restarting at every session. Building a strong relationship with your therapist is really the first task in therapy. Often people who have bigger challenges, or a more difficult past to recover from need longer – sometimes up to a year. However, your commitment is ultimately your decision, and you can come as long or as short as you wish.
Why do people come to therapy?
People who benefit from therapy often:
- Want to overcome anxiety or depression
- Want a more fulfilling career or to solve difficulties with bosses or colleagues
- Want to create fulfilling relationships – in friendship, marriage, partnership or
- Those who want to let go of hopelessness or apathy, who want to answer questions like ‘who am I?’ or ‘how did I get here?’
- Want to sleep and wake up restful and restored
- Want to enjoy work and let go of overworking and feeling stressed
- Desire to stop struggling with addictions – to alcohol and drugs, sex, exercise or work
How does Therapy for People do therapy?
We use Transactional Analysis, Re-decision Therapy, Advanced Integrative Therapy, and Gestalt therapy to support change. These are considered ‘Psychodynamic’ modalities of therapy, which really just means that all of them consider that what happened in the past has impacted your present. That means recovering your wellness now sometimes requires ‘dealing with the past’ and processing feelings. It then becomes possible often to move forward in your life and recover joy and ease.
“I once had a garden filled with flowers that grow only on dark thoughts,
but they need constant attention,
and one day I decided I had better things to do.”Brian Andreas
We believe that healing is possible – that change is possible.
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