Frequently Asked Questions About Psychotherapy

FAQs – Mental Heath Services

Below you will find some of the most common questions that people have about beginning psychotherapy.

Does psychotherapy work?
Yes. Research has demonstrated that psychotherapy is an effective treatment for many psychological conditions. There are numerous evidence-based treatments that can help people. Additionally, scientific research has consistently shown that the relationship between therapist and client is a key factor in the success of treatment. Therefore, the treatment approach is tailored to best fit with the client and an emphasis is placed on fostering a collaborative relationship between therapist and client.
Who can benefit from psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy can benefit any individual, couple, or family that is struggling with handling life stressors, life changes, and emotional, and behavioural difficulties. Contrary to popular misconceptions, individuals do not need to be suffering from a mental disorder to benefit from psychotherapy. It is the case that many people who suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders seek out psychotherapy, however, a large percentage of individuals without mental disorders also seeks out treatment.
How does psychotherapy work?

Psychotherapy involves one-on-one sessions between a therapist and patient in a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment. In the initial session, we work together to determine what difficulties you are struggling with, how these difficulties are negatively impacting on your life, and how we can best overcome these challenges. Together, we determine the appropriate course of therapeutic action, set specific goals, and a realistic timeline on how long treatment will need to be.

How long does Psychotherapy last?
Treatment length can range from 8 to 12 sessions up to 30 sessions or more. At Bhatia Psychology Group, there is no “one size fits all” approach to your treatment and we work towards the goal of providing resolutions to your difficulties in the most appropriate time frame.
Are psychological/psychotherapy services covered by OHIP?
No. Psychological/psychotherapy services including treatment from a psychologist, social worker, or registered psychotherapist are not covered by OHIP. However, most private insurance companies and extended health plans cover portions of services provided by a licensed psychologist, registered psychotherapist or registered social workers.  At Bhatia Psychology Group, we will work with you to understand your specific coverage and needs.
Are all practitioners qualified to provide psychological/psychotherapy treatment?
Yes. All members of the Bhatia Psychology Group clinical team are registered, and in good standing with the governing bodies of their professional practice. All patients seeking psychological/psychotherapy services should seek out qualified professionals who are registered with their governing bodies of professional practice.

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