Psychologists at QPS offer psychotherapy (i.e., treatment) and assessment for:
- Anxiety (panic attacks, social anxiety, separation anxiety, specific phobias, generalized anxiety)
- Depression, low mood, and low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
- Obsessive-compulsive symptoms (OCD)
- Life transitions and work stress
- Parenting challenges (see also the children and youth services page)
- Relationship, sexual, and interpersonal problems (see also the couple services page)
- Learning disabilities/disorders (see also the psychoeducational assessments page)
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (see also the psychoeducational assessments page)
What to expect
Individual therapy is conducted in a collaborative manner with your therapist whereby a safe and warm environment is created. Individual therapy or psychotherapy involves working with a therapist to better understand your difficulties, identify your goals for treatment, and to address your goals using a tailored approach.
Your therapist will strive to understand the nature of your current concerns during the initial assessment phase of treatment. Sometimes questionnaires are used to better understand your behaviours and social-emotional functioning. Your therapist will typically ask for:
- Your description of the problem (for example, when did the problem start, what makes it better or worse, how does the problem affect your work, school and social life)
- Information about your personal background (for example, details about your experiences growing up, education and work history, marital status and interpersonal relationships)
- Health history (for example, review of any past or present medical conditions, the use of medication, alcohol or drugs)
Your therapist will review his/her overall clinical impressions with you and together you will establish therapeutic goals and outline a treatment plan.
The duration of treatment will vary depending on factors such as the nature of presenting concerns and goals of intervention. Most often, clients and psychologists meet weekly, but sessions may become more spread out toward the latter stages of treatment. After finishing treatment, it is not uncommon for clients to return for occasional “booster” sessions.