"Feelings have their own kind of wisdom."

-Nancy McWilliams

People go into therapy for a wide range of reasons. Although people who have been diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, such as depression, benefit from psychotherapy, most people who enter psychotherapy are people who are having difficulty solving a problem in their life on their own. For example, some people enter therapy because they are having difficulty in a relationship and they are wondering whether to continue the relationship or end it. Other people are experiencing conflict in a wide range of relationships and enter therapy as a means of improving their communication skills and relationships with others.

At Wood Psychology, we understand that therapy can help people explore why they have made certain choices in their lives, such as taking a particular career path that they might not find fulfilling. Others find therapy useful for helping them cope with ongoing stress, a loss, or an illness. Some people enter therapy as means of exploration, that is, to better understand themselves and to find greater meaning in their lives.Regardless of what initially brings people to therapy, the process will lead you to more clearly understand yourself and your motivations. In turn, you will then have greater agency over your life and be able to make choices that are right for you.

Psychotherapy is a process. While we live in a quick-fix society, most mental health difficulties involve time and work to improve. The length of therapy can vary, depending on the nature of the problem and the goals of the client.

In the first session, your therapist will conduct a thorough assessment, which involves asking you questions about your psychological, medical and development history. Your therapist may also ask you questions about your upbringing, family, relationships, education, and cultural background. The information gleaned from the initial session will allow your therapist to get to know you as a person and to provide them with a context in which to view your difficulties. Most importantly, this information will help them determine how best to help you with your life challenges.

Although the Quebec Health Insurance Plan does not cover the cost for psychotherapy, most extended health plans cover some or all of the cost of psychotherapy. Check with your provider for details. 

Let go of fear and cultivate the life you want.