What is Psychology ?
Psychotherapy is a treatment intended to ease psychological suffering or difficulty. It can be used by anyone—a child, an adolescent, or an adult—who wants to make significant changes in his or her life in order to feel better. It can involve helping the person to make changes in behaviour, emotions, or habits, find answers to his or her questions, make difficult choices, or better understand or cope with a difficult situation.
Our counselling team is made up of licensed psychologists (all professional permits are on site and may be consulted upon request), with a graduate degree in their field as a minimum requirement.
Since 2009, psychotherapy has been a restricted practice in Quebec. At Clinique Altermed, we conform to Bill 21, which means that our psychotherapists hold a psychotherapist’s permit and belong to a government-approved professional order.
The law stipulates that we:
- establish a structured interaction with clients
- conduct a thorough initial assessment
- base treatment on communication techniques
- use recognized theories and proven methods that are respectful of our clients’ dignity
It is your right to demand an accredited professional !
When should I consult ?
Like everyone, you can experience difficult periods or challenges in your life. Often, the support you receive from those close to you—your family, friends, or colleagues—will be enough to help you cope with these difficulties. However, sometimes the situation is complicated enough that their support may not be sufficient. When your feelings of distress do not improve, when you don’t have enough resources in your life to cope, or when your challenges are preventing you from doing your work or living your life, professional help might be necessary.
Why do people begin psychotherapy ?
People begin psychotherapy for many reasons, for exemple :
- anxiety problems
- a difficult break-up
- a failure at work
- difficulties in their relationships with others
It’s all right not to know exactly why you feel the need to consult a psychotherapist. Your psychologist or psychotherapist will evaluate your situation and your needs before helping you to figure out the most appropriate course to take.
What state of mind should I be in when starting psychotherapy ?
Psychotherapy is an active process. You will need to be fairly open to talking about yourself. The psychotherapist is not there to judge you, but to help you understand yourself and find solutions to your difficulties. In psychotherapy, no subject is off limits. It is very important for you to be at ease with your psychotherapist and to be able to trust him or her. This relationship, which is built up over time, is crucial to getting the most out of your psychotherapy. For this reason, choosing the right psychotherapist is a very important part of the process.