Psychotherapy is primarily a talk-based therapy and is intended to help people improve and maintain their mental health and well-being.
Psychotherapy occurs when the Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and client enter into a psychotherapeutic relationship where they both work together to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning.
Individuals usually seek psychotherapy when they have thoughts, feelings, moods and behaviours that are adversely affecting their day-to-day lives, relationships and the ability to enjoy life.
These important elements are part of the effective client-therapist psychotherapeutic relationship that is the foundation of psychotherapy. Through this relationship, Registered Psychotherapists are expected to:
- Ensure that the client’s well-being is at the forefront of the relationship;
- Work with the client(s) to gather relevant information that will support the formulation of a plan for psychotherapy;
- Continuously evaluate outcomes of each session and the impact on overall treatment goal(s);
- Practice safe and effective use of self throughout the psychotherapeutic process; and
- Adhere to the standards of practice for the profession.
A study of National Core Indicators (2016) revealed that 55% of people with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities have co-occurring mental health disorders and/or behavioural challenges. This is a rate substantially higher than that of the general population. The goal of this program is to take away the barriers related to attending therapy, and assist those who would like further support in reducing their mental health symptoms, so that they can live a more satisfying and productive life.
Some areas of support include, anxiety, severe depression, grief and loss, work-related issues, relationships, intimate relationships, bullying and harassment, parenting, alcohol and substance abuse, adjustment difficulties with life transitions, aging, chronic pain, past trauma, etc.