FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What can I expect during therapy?
Therapy will begin with obtaining information relating to the concerns you want help with and identifying your current coping strategies, strengths, and goals to work towards. Collaboration between you and your psychologist is one of the keys to success and important in creating a treatment plan to help you achieve the goals you set out.
How long will therapy take?
The duration of therapy generally depends on the complexity and duration of the problem. Your level of motivation, readiness to make changes, and the amount of effort and active participation you put into working towards your goals are other important factors. Clients can expect to see improvement quite quickly and report a reduction in their symptoms within a few weeks. Therapy is usually reviewed every few weeks to ensure you are making progress.
What are the risks and benefits of therapy?
Therapy involves exploring your problems and the impact they are having on your life. With this increased awareness can come a temporary increase in uncomfortable emotions and problems may appear worse at the beginning as you work on developing new coping skills and strategies. Therapy may result in you making changes in your life you did not anticipate prior to therapy, such as ending a relationship, pursuing a new career, or lifestyle change. Although making positive changes is important, it can feel scary and daunting and I encourage you to discuss any negative effects with me so that I can help you work through these.
How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?
One of the most important factors of therapy is the relationship between client and therapist. It is important that you ‘gel’ and feel comfortable, understood, and able to be open and honest so that you get the most out of treatment.
What is the difference between a psychologist and other types of therapists?
A psychologist is trained in psychology and the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment with regard to how people think, feel, and behave. In Alberta, a psychologist will have a minimum of a Master’s level of education and training in their area of practice, along with 1600 hours of supervised practice and successful completion of licensing exams.
Can I get coverage for my psychology fees?
Many insurance health plans provide coverage, at least partial, for such services and your insurance provider can provide you with details regarding your plan. A receipt will be provided to you for reimbursement from your insurance provider. Direct billing is available for Alberta Blue Cross members. Psychological services are a tax-deductible medical expense so it is important that you retain your receipts.
Do I need a referral from a physician?
A physician’s referral is not required to access Clear Minds psychological services, however your insurance company may require one. You are encouraged to contact your insurance company to obtain this information.