Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
According to the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, "it is not possible to make a generally accepted distinction between counselling and psychotherapy. There are well-founded traditions which use the terms interchangeably and others which distinguish between them. If there are differences, then they relate more to the individual counsellor's or psychotherapist's training and interests, and to the setting in which they work, rather than to any intrinsic difference in the two activities." Within my own practice, these words are used interchangeably.
What is meant by integrative psychotherapy?
Integrative or holistic therapy is considered one of 5 broad categories of approaches to psychotherapy today. It represents a comprehensive and inclusive approach to therapy that recognizes the "wholeness" of each client, that addresses the multiple dimensions of human experience (i.e. mental, emotional, spiritual, physical & social), and that makes use of diverse, evidence-based therapeutic techniques and interventions to help each client achieve and maintain optimal mental health & wellness.
How long will I be required to come for therapy?
It is quite common to notice significant improvement in as little as 3-6 sessions, although more time is often required to properly address more complex concerns. With this in mind, I recommend committing to at least 3 sessions to allow yourself time to fully explore your goals of therapy; however, you will never be required to commit to a minimum number of sessions.
I've heard that mindfulness is a Buddhist practice, but I'm Christian. How would this work for me?
From what we know, "mindfulness" as a formal practice has existed for over 2000 years and is believed to pre-date the earliest Buddhist teachings. It is not specifically a religious practice. Mindfulness simply refers to bringing your full attention to the present moment, with openness, curiosity and non-judgment. In fact, as a Christian, you are likely already practicing a form of mindfulness when you engage in prayer. Mindfulness is something everyone can learn and benefit from regardless of religion, age, gender, education, or life experience.