When you come to the Argyle and talk to one of our trained professionals, you will be speaking to someone who has already helped many people with problems similar to yours. Based on their experience they are able to see the patterns and challenges in your life that have led to your unhappiness. In therapy, the job is to help you recognize those patterns – so that you may now be in a position to change them.
The Argyle Institutes prides itself in offering Excellence in Psychotherapy Accessible to All. Our philosophy is that no one should be denied service because of a potential inability to pay. Upon registering with us for therapy, your session/fee will be determined by your gross annual household income.
No. A therapist does not have to be a psychiatrist. Our team of psychologists, social workers and psychotherapists have been specially trained and licensed to work effectively with people’s mental and emotional difficulties. However, only psychiatrists or doctors are qualified to prescribe medication.
Since I work all day, it would be hard to go to the Argyle Institute during regular working hours. Are appointments available at night or on weekends?
Many therapists at the Argyle offer night or weekend appointments. When you call to open your file, you will be asked what times work best for you and a therapist will be matched to you and your needs accordingly.
There should be a “fit” between your personality and that of the therapist. Someone else – or some other method – may be more suitable for you. If you don’t feel there is a fit, tell your therapist. They will then inform the Intake Worker and your case will be reassigned to another therapist.
Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn’t. It primarily depends on you and the therapist. It is important to share your concerns in a serious, sincere, and open manner. Only if you are completely honest and open can you expect to receive the best support and advice.
In general, all communication between the client and the therapist is held in strict confidentiality and can only be divulged with written authorization of the client. However, there are rare exceptions, required or authorized by law, including cases where the therapist judges that the client presents a danger to himself / herself or to a third party.
Communicating with a friend who is ready to listen can occasionally be useful, but that is often not enough. Our therapists and professional counselors are trained to help you explore your feelings, your thoughts, and your actions so as to help you discover parts often hidden or unsuspected of your discomfort or distress.
Research shows that discussing your with a therapist can help reduce the symptoms of depression, anxiety and relational distress, and other psychological discomforts or challenges. A therapist can help you identify tendencies in your life which have contributed to your distress or discomfort and guide you towards changes which can help you re-establish emotional well-being.
The first session will give you the opportunity to meet your therapist and to share your reasons for seeking therapy. The therapist will ask you questions so as to acquire an clear understanding of your specific challenges and identify objectives for change. At this first session, you will also discusss more practical aspects of the therapeutic relationship such as the confidentiality agreement, schedule, payment of fees tailored to your financial means etc.
This is a question that your therapist can best answer after an exhaustive examination of your emmotionla challenges, therapeutic preoccupations, your financial situation and plans. Your therapist will help you identify your objectives for therapy and will discuss with you, on a regular basis, your progress towards these objectives. Normally, sessions are arranged weekly and last 50 minutes.