Each therapist may have a different approach to therapy. You can connect with our therapists for a consultation call to learn more about what a first session might look like when working with a specific therapist.
Generally though, we take the first several minutes to discuss administrative pieces and sign off on paper work, if not completed prior to the session.
We take time to explore who you are, and important parts of your context (i.e. personal identities, how you spend most of your time, significant relationships, residing situation etc.)
We will explore what brought you into therapy at this particular point in time, and begin to establish a mutual understanding of what it is you ideally hope to see/do/feel differently. From here, based on what is shared, we start exploring important pieces to align you with your goals.
Often, at the end of sessions we will reflect on what had been most helpful and what might be something we want to talk about next time. We collaboratively agree on what might be helpful to try in between sessions and schedule a follow up appointment.
If the concerns you are experiencing or the hopes you are holding for what might be different all surround the same relationship, it may be helpful to weigh your options. Relationship concerns and/or hopes can be addressed individually and/or relationally (i.e. couples or family therapy).
The best route to take can depend on various factors (ex. interest level of all parties involved, safety in the relationship, what the concerns and felt hopes are etc.).
While therapy for relationships can be helpful, it is it not required in order to make shifts in relationship dynamics. Individuals can connect with a therapist who utilizes a systemic lens, where this is an intentionality in considering the ways that one may impact others and be impacted by them in turn. In making shifts within your individual self (whether this in your thought process, understanding of emotions, communication or behaviour), it can lead to shifts within your relationships.
If you are still left uncertain about what may be most helpful for you, please connect for a consultation call.
Sometimes individual therapy is a helpful resource in better understanding and prioritizing ourselves. But, we can get to points where it may be helpful to have an intentional witness to this, or an active participant.
There are possibilities of significant others (i.e. parents, friends, family members, romantic partners etc.) attending one or a few sessions with you.
We would want to establish a mutual understanding of what the best hope of doing this would be. This is something we can discuss together, to ensure that it holds therapeutic value.
If this is something you may be interested in, but require further information around, please don’t hesitate to connect for a consultation call.
Whether you begin with individual therapy and hold hope to switch to couple or family therapy, or have began with the relationship work and now want to delve into individual work, both transitions are possible.
However, it should be noted that if a therapist supports clients in relationship work and then hear a hope from an individual to pursue separate work, the therapist would require the consent of the other parties involved in the relationship work. Alternatively, there could be referrals made to other therapists in effort to facilitate this connection if/when helpful.
If you have specific questions around these possibilities, please do not hesitate to connect for a consultation call.