Consultation with a psychologist is a partnership between the client and a skilled professional that enables the client to meet their personal goals and realize their full potential. Some people choose to consult with a psychologist as a part of a personal growth plan. Some are looking for assistance as they transition through difficult life situations including death of a loved one, career change, pre-marital and couples counselling, break-up of a relationship, blending a new family, or recovering from the effects of crime or a motor vehicle accident. Others seek psychological treatment to learn effective strategies for overcoming specific challenges such as trauma, depression, anxiety, head injuries, memory loss, specific childhood behaviours, occupational stress, chronic physical pain, eating disorders, and learning disabilities.

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
– Emily Dickinson

Research has shown that evidence-based psychological treatment approaches are highly effective in helping people achieve their goals and overcome problems such as depression and anxiety. Interestingly, studies have also demonstrated that the majority of people prefer psychological interventions, rather than medication, as a way to deal with distressing emotions and behaviours.

The length of psychological treatment varies depending upon the reason a person is seeking assistance. Some consultations are as short as one or two hour long sessions to help deal with a specific incident. More typically, between 8 and 15 sessions are needed to master particular challenges an individual is facing. Occasionally, some people will require 20 or more sessions to adequately address issues that are especially complex.

If you are in crisis or require emergency assistance, please telephone 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433), call the mental health support line (310-6789 – do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number), dial 911, or go to your local emergency room.

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