Psychology is a science which enables the study of a person through various facets, providing insights on the way one is, feels and acts. Its objective is to assist an individual wishing to identify, discover and modify certain behaviors in order to achieve a state of well-being. The therapeutic relationship developed between an individual and his or her psychologist allows the individual a better comprehension of oneself allowing to bring into effect any necessary changes in order to achieve a greater sense of well-being. Psychologists offer various services depending on the individual motives and needs of their clients:
- Psychological consultations
- Individual psychotherapy
- Conjugal and family psychotherapy
- Psychological, educational and affective assessments
- Parental coaching
- Group workshops
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a secure space where persons facing difficulties, causing them significant distress or suffering, may express themselves freely in the presence of a qualified professional. Its objective is to improve the quality of life of individuals as well as their psychological well-being. This step is a process of awareness of thoughts, emotions, behaviors, as well as the realization of personal and interpersonal conflicts.
Psychotherapy aims to increase the individual’s sense of well-being. Any psychotherapy process must begin with an assessment period. The psychologist requires a few sessions with the client in order to gain a better understanding of the difficulties experienced by the client.. Following those assessment sessions, the professional and his client both agree on the objectives they want to achieve and work on together in respect to the nature of the intervention. Psychotherapy also aims to ease the difficulties encountered by the individual as well as the psychological suffering that is manifested.. Although several approaches exist in psychology, the main objective is to find the appropriate one for each individual. First and foremost, a trusting relationship between the psychologist and the individual is the key to success for such a process. The psychologist can intervene with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families or groups, depending on his or her experience.
Among the treated problematics:
- Anxiety, Stress, Insecurities and Fears
- Life transitions /crisis situations (divorce, mourning, etc.)
- Personality disorders
- Mood disorders
- Relationship issues/problems
- Eating disorders
- Self esteem
- Parent-Child/Adolescent relationships
- Marital/Conjugal relationships
- Parental coaching (discipline, parental skills, family support)
- Therapeutic sessions in small groups (anxiety, anger, social skills)
- Play therapy with for children
Couple therapy aims at helping partners involved in a relationship to identify and express their encountered conjugal difficulties, in order to reduce the relational distress and promote relational well-being. The main goal is to highlight problems existing at the communications level, the interactions blocking the total fulfillment of the dyad and the relational dysfunctions within the couple The therapist offers sessions where he or she meets with both partners simultaneously.
Currently, most insurance companies cover psychology services. Those services must be offered by a psychologist or a psychotherapist who is a member of the Order of Psychologists of Quebec (OPQ).