Monthly Archives: August 2017

What to expect when you come into Janine’s office

My office is a warm welcoming environment. You will be greeted by a friendly receptionist staff and will wait briefly in the waiting room area. There are some cold and warm beverages you would be welcome to enjoy as you wait and throughout the session.

You will experience an open approach from someone who is invested in your goals. The term “goals” can feel overwhelming or feel pressure induced…do not to feel deterred though. We will work together to identify next steps and different goals you’re wanting to accomplish.

The experience will be what you are wanting it to be. Together, your treatment plan will be developed.

Different techniques may be used from music, meditation, breathing exercises, mindfulness practices, clinical theories, and other approaches.

What is your confidentiality policy?

What you discuss during your therapy session is kept confidential. No contents of the therapy sessions, whether verbal or written may be shared with another party without your written consent or the written consent of your legal guardian.

The following is a list of exceptions to the confidentiality policy:

  • Under subpoena from a court of law
  • Duty to Warn and Protect – If you disclose, or we find out there is a risk to harm yourself, the therapist must attempt to notify your family and notify legal authorities. In addition, if you disclose, or we find out there is a risk for you to harm another person, the therapist is required to warn the possible victim and notify legal authorities.
  • Abuse of Children and Vulnerable Adults – If you disclose, or it is suspected, that there is abuse or harmful neglect of children or vulnerable adults (i.e. the elderly, disabled/incompetent), the therapist must report this information to the appropriate agency and/or legal authorities.
All other questions please contact me directly

Change? What is ‘change’ in therapy?

When individuals reference therapy they speak to the ideal of making changes in their approach, feelings, outlook, and life. Change, although a natural life event that everyone goes through, is uncomfortable.

Often the response that individuals provide to change is unwelcoming and cold. Change challenges us to move through uncomfortable situations and adapt ourselves (allows us to evolve). These challenging circumstances push us to advance. Therefore, even though change is natural, that does not make it any less uncomfortable or easier to deal with.

With therapy you’ll be able to open yourself up to the possibilities of what change can represent rather than shutting yourself off to the unknown. 

What to expect from therapy

You can expect to experience something new!

As this partnership between us continues we will meet together to discuss what is currently going on for you, past experiences, and what is ahead of you.

There will be time for discussion, being heard, listening, and feedback to be given. I hold a great deal of experience and resources that I will be able to share with you during sessions, and take away items.

During sessions, change talk will occur and the time between sessions is key for transitional change to occur, as you hold the ability to make change in your life (this is a process and will not occur overnight).

*Transitional Change is not a forced process of movement towards a goal. Transitional speaks to a stepped process completing one phase at a time and taking your time to meet each accomplishment and milestone along the way. Change is inevitable, it is up to you which path you’re going to take.

How is success in therapy measured?

Success is dependent upon what you are wanting to accomplish. This is across the board in all areas of life. Success is an isolated unit of measurement which can only be truly measured by one’s self.

Within therapy, building a positive-open-relationship with your therapist will allow you to direct this connection into accomplishing success in other areas or circumstances within your life.

The effort you put forward both within sessions and outside will determine the rate at which you feel you have been successful or accomplished. Therapy is directed at moving a person forward (towards success). Even though there will be bumps in the road that you’ll need to overcome along the way, it will make the end result that much more meaningful.

Is there a difference between Psychotherapy, Counselling, and Therapy?

All three practices are more similar than they are different. Each is the supportive art of working with individuals or groups of people. Within this art is the practice of supporting each individual with where they are at and helping to support them to reach goals, through life transitions, and to process changes.

Each practitioner works from a different framework…but all with the same goal in mind of using talk therapy to assist in supporting another person.

This approach is less invasive, more open, and positive in nature and can be used effectively in combination with other treatment forms (medication included).

What is Psychotherapy?… What is Counselling?… What is Therapy?…

When you gather together with another individual (a therapist) to explore what is going on for you.

This exploration can be current stressors, frustrations, anxieties, etc. through talk therapy. Communicating your experiences with words (both spoken and written) to process these occurrences.

The relationship between yourself and a therapist can help you to reach different goals you set for yourself, assist with processing of different life events, and to further support you and your development.