Frequently Asked Questions
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is mainly “talk treatment” that supports people through challenging times to regain optimal mental health and well-being. The psychotherapist and client co-create a nurturing space that allows clients to be vulnerable and work towards desired changes in their thinking, feeling, behavior, and social functioning.
People usually seek out psychotherapy when they are experiencing difficulties in their life such as: life transitions, relationship issues, grief/loss, trauma, substance use/misuse, anxiety, depression; to name a few. Generally speaking, anything that is adversely affecting their day-to-day living, the relationships around them, and the ability to enjoy life. Alternatively, people also receive therapy when they want to grow, continue evolving to be the best version of themselves.
What are the risks and benefits of psychotherapy?
Risks may include experiencing uncomfortable feelings, such as sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger, frustration, loneliness and helplessness, because the process of psychotherapy often requires discussing unpleasant aspects of your life. Personal change may also impact your current relationships with other people.
Benefits of psychotherapy can include a significant reduction in feelings of distress, increased satisfaction in interpersonal relationships, greater personal awareness and insight, increased skills for managing stress and resolutions to specific problems.
There are no guarantees about what will happen. Psychotherapy requires a very active effort on your part. In order to be most successful, you will have to work on things we discuss outside of sessions.
How long is therapy?
Each therapy session is the standard of fifty minutes of talk therapy time and ten minutes of administration/recording time.
People generally see the therapist once per week at a time that is mutually agreed upon, although some sessions may be more or less frequent. This depends on clinical needs and client and therapist availability.
What are the exceptions to confidentiality?
All matters you discuss with me are completely confidential. There are a few specific legal exceptions to therapist-client confidentiality, which include:
- If I believe you are at imminent (immediate and serious) risk of harming yourself or someone else.
- If you disclose that a child, under the age of 16, is being abused or is at risk of harm, the law requires that I report this to the Children’s Aid Society.
- If ordered to do so by the court, I must surrender the information they request (i.e., subpoena or court order).
- If you disclose information about the inappropriate sexual conduct of a regulated health professional, I must alert the respective college of that health professional.
In order for me to communicate with others, your written permission is required. You may revoke this permission at any time.
There also may be times when I may consult with colleagues in keeping with professional practice; however, confidentiality is maintained as no personally identifiable information is given.
Will my insurance cover the costs of therapy?
Most extended health care insurance plans will cover a portion or all of the costs.
Contact your insurance provider and ask if registered psychotherapists are covered under your plan. How much is covered for each session and total sum per calendar year. The beginning and end date of your benefit calendar year.
You can also inquire about your spouse’s insurance coverage since you will probably be eligible under both plans.
I do not contact the insurance company directly. I will provide a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
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Tharshiga Elankeeran, MA, RP
Serving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and surrounding cities, including Brampton, Mississauga, Caledon, Orangeville, Bolton, Georgetown, Milton, Halton Hills, Oakville, Burlington, Etobicoke, Vaughan, North York, Markham and Scarborough. Now offering secure virtual appointments in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.