* Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values * Developing skills for improving your relationships * Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy * Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety * Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures * Improving communications and listening skills * Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones * Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage * Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
What is therapy like?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office.
What can i expect on my first visit?
During your first session at ChetnaMindfulness, your therapist will meet with you to help you identify issues you want to work on in therapy and goals to be accomplished. You may come in ready to talk about the issues at hand in which case your therapist with ask questions to make sure she understands you and what you are going through. Some new clients feel more reserved at their first visit and your therapist will help you feel comfortable by asking a series of questions that will help both of you determine your particular concerns and goals for change in therapy.
Please feel free to be yourself. No need to prepare for your session other than completing our online registration forms. We have experience with people from all walks of life and are prepared to help you feel safe and comfortable in our care.
How long is each session?
Sessions last 60 minutes each.
What is the cost?
Fees vary depending on session type. Please call our office for more information.
How do i schedule an appointment?
You may schedule an appointment by calling our office from Monday-Saturday from 10.30 am-7 pm.
Do you work with children?
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Cash, Cheque and online transfer. Payment is due at the time of service.
What about confidentiality?
The relationship between therapist and client is protected by law and information cannot be disclosed without written consent. The only exceptions are if and when there is suspected child abuse/neglect or when the client threatens serious harm to self or others, in which case every effort is made to ensure the safety of those affected as required by law.