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Psychologist Consultation Ottawa

If you’ve decided to see a psychologist or a psychotherapist, you may be feeling mixed emotions. The first step to reaching out and finding help can be challenging, so try to show yourself compassion and patience.
Talk therapy, often known as psychotherapy, provides a secure environment for you to work through issues that you might not feel comfortable discussing elsewhere. Many mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can be helped by therapy. You can negotiate the difficulties of daily life, work on stress management, and develop robust coping mechanisms with the aid of psychotherapy.
Nevertheless, starting therapy, especially that very first session can feel intimidating. For some people, starting therapy is the hardest step. Consider showing yourself grace and compassion. You’re not alone in this. Start with consulting psychologists at Waystone Psychology today.

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Waystone’s Straightforward but Powerful Process of Growth

Our experience enables us to offer clients a straightforward process to recovery. Having said that, you can rest assured that we do not use a cookie-cutter approach but rather treat each client with the individualized care and attention that you deserve.

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We begin with an assessment by discussing and exploring your anxiety including symptoms and possible causes.

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Identify Areas for Improvement

After the assessment, we will begin
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Improve Functioning and Quality of Life

We’ll do a deep dive together,
isolating specific challenges and
finding effective solutions.

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When to Consult a Psychologist : Adults

Occasional stress, sadness, and grief are common emotions that don’t always indicate that you require therapy. However, it’s time to get help if you’re dealing with serious or persistent mental health issues that are interfering with your daily life. The following might be signs of a mental health condition where you may need help:

  • Frequent and persistent feelings of intense sadness, worry, fear, irritation, anger or anxiety
  • Unexpected mood swings and emotional meltdowns
  • Sudden changes in daily patterns and behaviors such as eating and sleeping habits
  • Dramatic weight loss or weight gain
  • Unexplained poor productivity at work or school
  • Cognition problems such as confusion, lack of focus or memory loss
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or others, including suicidal thoughts
  • Disturbing delusions, hallucinations or night terrors
  • Withdrawal from social scenes, relationships or family
  • Toxic drive toward rebellion and defiance of authority
  • Uncontrollable substance abuse, drug addiction or alcoholism
  • Unusual addictions or cravings, including sex addiction, obsessions and risky behavior
  • Unexplained physical ailments such as aches and pains, hypertension and gastrointestinal problems
  • Persistent fatigue, drowsiness or insomnia
  • If you’re thinking about hurting yourself or someone else, get help right away.

Make an appointment with your doctor if you notice any additional symptoms not mentioned above. After they’ve ruled out a physical cause for your symptoms, they could suggest that you see a psychologist or another mental health professional.

When to Consult a Psychologist : Children

It can be difficult for parents to know when to ask for aid for their children. Others may comfort you that your child’s issues are only a phase, or you could be concerned that your child might feel singled out or different if they attend a therapist. Although there isn’t a perfect checklist to use, choosing when to speak with a therapist is largely a matter of personal preference.

Here are a few general things to consider that can help you decide if and when your child could benefit from therapy:

  • Your child is dealing with a stressful situation in life, such as bullying, a health problem, divorce, a new sibling, or a move to a new city or school.
  • Your child’s problems seem to be getting worse with age, instead of better.
  • Tantrums last longer than you’d expect, or your child gets destructive or hits people when angry.
  • The emotional problems started after a trauma in the family, such as a death, accident, or abuse.
  • You notice big personality changes in your child
  • Your child’s anxiety seems bigger and different than other kids his own age, and it is interfering with activities like school, homework, meals, or bedtime.
  • It is harder for your child to make and keep friends.
  • Your child’s grades are dropping, or she is frequently having trouble with her behavior or paying attention in class.

If any of these things are true for your child, and you think a therapist could help, it’s worth making a call or sending an email to our therapists at Waystone.

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Why You should See A Psychologist In Ottawa

Having a psychologist by your side makes it easier to navigate life’s difficulties. Getting expert assistance can significantly improve your situation, whether you’re an adult dealing with stress, anxiety, or relationship problems, or a parent worried about your child’s emotional wellbeing.

Psychologists offer a secure environment where people can examine their emotions, create coping mechanisms, and advance personally. Adults may benefit from better mental health and a more fulfilling existence as a result of this. Children gain from acquiring important emotional abilities that lay the groundwork for a bright future.

However, it’s also important to know that you don’t need to be diagnosed with a mental health problem to benefit from psychological counseling. Many people seek help for everyday concerns such as relationship problems, job stress, or lack of confidence. When you’re ready to take this step, reach out to Waystone Psychology for expert guidance and support on your journey to well-being.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect during the first session with a psychologist?

The first session with a psychologist, often referred to as an intake session, is typically focused on getting to know you and your reasons for seeking therapy. Your background, current issues, and any relevant history will be discussed by our psychologists. During this session, the psychologist can gather information to better understand your needs and provide the groundwork for developing a therapeutic relationship with you.

How confidential are sessions with a psychologist?

Confidentiality is a crucial aspect of therapy. Your sessions are confidential because psychologists have an ethical and legal responsibility to do so. Except in situations where there is a danger of harm to you or others, the information you provide during sessions is typically not shared with anyone else without your explicit approval. Our psychologists may go over confidentiality guidelines during the first sessions to make sure you are aware of its limitations.

What can I do to get the most out of my therapy sessions?

To make the most of your therapy sessions, it’s important to actively engage in the process. Talk to your psychologist in an honest and open manner about your feelings, thoughts, and worries. Set specific therapeutic goals and let us know what they are. Be prepared to put in some effort both during and between sessions, which may require applying techniques or considering new information. Keep in mind that therapy progress frequently necessitates time and effort.

How do psychologists work with children and adolescents?

Psychologists working with children and adolescents use specialized techniques to create a comfortable and supportive environment. To encourage younger clients to communicate, we often combine play therapy, art therapy, and age-appropriate activities. Our psychologists may employ talk therapy with adolescents in addition to strategies that focus on developing trust and recognizing the particular difficulties they experience at this developmental time. Involving parents or guardians might be crucial for a thorough approach in both situations.

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