- What is counselling/therapy?‘
- When is it time to see a psychologist?
- How long will it take to feel better?
- How long is each therapy session?
- Is my information kept confidential?
- Do I need a referral to book an appointment?
- How do I choose my psychologist?
- Is there a cancellation policy?
- What is “Red Tree Psychology”?
- How do I get to Red Tree Psychology?
What is counselling/therapy?
Counselling, also referred to as therapy or psychotherapy, is a powerful way to implement psychological change when struggling with a personal or relationship issues or a formal mental health concern. Therapists and their clients develop a therapeutic bond in which trust and safety is established in a way that allows for personal exploration and insight regarding one’s own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The therapist’s expertise on client change allows for a variety of strategies, interventions, or models of therapy that facilitate positive change and personal growth. Perhaps most of all, psychotherapy helps clients to see their own personal strengths and resources in a new way and learn how to draw on these strengths both during counselling and beyond.
When is it time to see a psychologist?
While most psychologists would argue that counselling is powerful and important experience for everyone seeking personal growth, many people seek therapy when their everyday functioning starts to decline as a result of their struggle. Once an issue starts to seep into your personal relationships, impacts work or school performance or even makes taking pleasure in your life a challenge – it is likely time to seek help. For more information on making this decision, the Canadian Psychology Association has some helpful information on What to Expect from a Psychologist and Deciding to See a Psychologist.
How long will it take to feel better?
Many clients notice that they are starting to feel better and beginning to meet their goals in 3 – 7 sessions and for others it may take longer depending on their particular issue, goal, and personal motivation to change. After your first session with your therapist, he or she will have a better idea as to how long your course of therapy will take, although this can change over time.
How long is each therapy session?
Therapy sessions last 50 minutes, leaving the last 10 minutes for documentation/notes.
Is my information kept confidential?
Confidentiality is the cornerstone of counselling psychology. As outlined by the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP), all registered Psychologists in Alberta adhere to very strict standards regarding confidentiality. All information that clients provide in session remains confidential with a few rare exceptions to this rule that will be discussed with you in detail during the first session.
Do I need a referral to book an appointment?
A referral from a physician is not required to see a psychologist. Anybody can simply seek out a psychologist and contact them on their own to begin therapy. From there, some psychologists will request a brief phone consultation prior to booking the first session while others will communicate to potential clients via e-mail. Most psychologists are open to providing an appropriate referral to another psychologist if they do not have availability or specific expertise to work with someone seeking counselling.
How do I choose my psychologist?
Many people research potential therapists and feel connected to that psychologist based on their areas of interest, the type of therapy they are trained to provide, or simply the way they view counselling. At Red Tree Psychology, you can search our list of specialities to find a psychologist with expertise in specific issues and modalities of therapy. Research strongly indicates that a positive connection or “bond” with your therapist is one of the strongest indicators of your success in therapy. While this connection will hopefully deepen with time, if you feel like your therapist is a poor fit for you after the first session or even after a few sessions, it would be important to seek a referral to someone else.
Is there a cancellation policy?
Psychologists typically request that clients provide 24 hours notice if they have to cancel an appointment. If appointments are missed or cancelled without 24 hour notice it is standard practice that a cancellation fee will be charged.
What is “Red Tree Psychology”?
Red Tree Psychology is a private practice organization consisting of psychologists who are all independent practitioners. High quality psychotherapy, ethical conduct and professionalism is the priority for every clinician that works at the practice. Our clinicians have a diverse range of interests and skills and have come together to create a professional and collegial network of professionals who share the goal of providing the highest standard of care for individuals seeking support.
How do I get to Red Tree Psychology?
Red Tree Psychology is located on the 7th floor of the Ledgeview building (#710, 9707 110 Street) overlooking downtown Edmonton and the stunning legislative grounds. We are conveniently located next to the Grandin LRT station. There is paid parking next to the building but also free parking in the surrounding area of the building. Once inside, head up the elevator to the 7th floor to room 710 where you will find a spacious and inviting waiting area with magazines, relaxing music, and an assortment of coffees and teas to enjoy while you wait for your therapist to come get you (there is no reception). Some therapists ask clients to fill out paperwork in the waiting room before their first session while others e-mail the documents ahead of time. Our intention is that our practice exudes warmth, comfort, and friendliness so that you can feel at ease and relaxed both before and after your sessions.