Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why might the therapy you offer be helpful for me?
  2. Do I really need psychotherapy, or just counseling and advice?
  3. What are the differences between therapists and counselors?
  4. Why are there no therapists in British Columbia?
  5. Where can I learn more about the different aspects of psychotherapy?
  6. Can the profiles help me choose a therapist?
  7. I notice you have some funny cartoons on the ages. Are you serious?
  8. How do I select a therapist who is best for me?
  9. How do I learn about special skills and interests?
  10. Can I find a therapist by their office location?
  11. How can I get more information?
  12. Are the therapists listed in any special order?
  13. How do I get to an individual profile on the listings page?
  14. What about areas of special interest, skills or experience?
  15. What about confidentiality?
  16. What about my privacy?
  17. What about ethics?
  18. Do I have to pay for therapy?
  19. What about fees?
  20. How long does therapy take?
  21. What should I do if I am not satisfied with the therapy?

Why might the therapy you offer be helpful for me?
The 'talking cure ' form of therapy is based on the experience of thousands of people over hundreds of years. It provides a pool of experience and knowledge from which we draw.
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Do I really need psychotherapy, or just counseling and advice?
Psychotherapy or 'therapy; is an activity that enables us to fulfill our lives from a fresh and healing viewpoint. It is explorative and individual, and it enables us to create our own solutions. In this respect it is not the same as counseling, which is more about being given advice.
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What are the differences between therapists and counselors?
In some provinces in Canada, law does not allow the word psychotherapy. All forms of psychotherapy are called counseling.
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Why are there no therapists in British Columbia?
In BC, the term psychotherapy is restricted so therapists must call themselves counselors. They have to talk in terms of counseling when they provide the equivalent of psychotherapy. It's a little confusing.
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Where can I learn more about the different aspects of psychotherapy?
Start by visiting this page called 'What is Psychotherapy?'
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Can the profiles help me choose a therapist?
Our members attempt to help you understand by giving you some personal background.

Often clients tell us that they saw some common connections in our profiles that encouraged them to ask for a free consultation, and helped them start therapy

Compare your own life experience and symptoms with the individual descriptions provided by our members, many of whom directly address the emotional and life conditions with which they find themselves working.
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I notice you have some funny cartoons on the ages. Are you serious?
The great scientist Lavater remarked " To much gravity is the mark of a shallow mind."

Humour helps us deal constructively with weighty things.

You'll find that the therapists on our site have a good sense of the ridiculous and are serious about what matters. Levity defeats gravity!
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How do I select a therapist who is best for me?
Visit the listings. Each of our members provides a set of skills, life experiences, understandings and attitudes that are specific to them. Look for those whose backgrounds most closely resonate with your own. Then get in touch using email and set up a free consultation to see if the therapist feels like the right one to work with.
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How do I learn about special skills and interests?
Please visit areas of special interest.
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Can I find a therapist by their office location?
Please visit our office locations.
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How can I get more information?
Feel free to write to us with questions. You will usually get a response within a day.
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Are the therapists listed in any special order?
Our photos and names are set up to rotate randomly on the main listings page. They rotate each time you refresh the page or visit us again.
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How do I get to an individual profile on the listings page?
You can reach a profile by clicking on a photo or on a name in the margin.
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What about areas of special interest, skills or experience?
Visit this page to see the areas of special interest.
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What about confidentiality?
All our members observe both the site's Code of Ethics and all legislation in force in the provinces in which they practice concerning confidentiality and disclosure.
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What about my privacy?
All members respect the site's privacy policy and all relevant provincial and federal legislation on privacy.

Your email address will not be sold or traded to any third-party.
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What about ethics?
As well as supporting a Code of Ethics, our members uphold the codes of their own training schools and professional organizations.

For further information about CAPT member ethics visit www.psychodynamic.org
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Do I have to pay for therapy?
The psychotherapists on this site are in private practice and are paid directly by you for their professional services.

Most provincial health plans only pay for psychotherapy provided by doctors. Please note tht we are not medical doctors.

You should find out if insurance through your workplace or supplementary health insurance covers psychotherapy.
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What about fees?
Each of the therapists runs their own practice independently of the site and sets their own rates for fees.

Some members use a 'sliding scale' and others have a fixed rate. Please ask the therapist you would like to work with what their policy is on fees.
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How long does therapy take?
While it is not possible to predict how long your therapy will last, things may work more quickly when you have a specific goal.

This is a good topic to bring up when you are having your first meeting with a therapist.
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What should I do if I am not satisfied with the therapy?
The thing to do is to talk to your therapist about what you are experiencing. Your therapist will want to make sure you are getting the most out of your time together, and is trained in helping resolve such issues.
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