Categories Blog Categories Argyle News Counseling & Psychotherapy General How long does therapeutic treatment take? This is a question that your therapist can best answer after an exhaustive examination of your emotional challenges, therapeutic preoccupations, your financial situation and plans. Situational Therapy sessions tend to be more short-term ranging from a few sessions to a few months while more chronic conditions can take much longer where the therapist can help you manage your situation in an on-going way. 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. Is therapy at the Argyle Institute expensive? At the Argyle we try our best to live up to our belief that no one should be denied service because of their inability to pay. Upon registering with us for therapy, your session/fee will be determined by your gross annual household income. For our Sliding scale Fee Program – The Argyle offers therapy sessions conducted by supervised student interns and select therapists at sliding-scale rates based on income, although these sessions are limited in availability with wait times occasionally upwards of several months. We also offer Private Therapy Placement with Licensed Professionals that range from $100 – $170. per hour. Is therapy confidential? 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 themselves or to a third party. What happens during the first session? 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 a clear understanding of your specific challenges and identify objectives for change. At this first session, you will also discuss more practical aspects of the therapeutic relationship such as the confidentiality agreement, schedule, payment of fees tailored to your financial means etc. What is the difference between Psychiatrists & Psychologists/Psychotherapists/Counsellors/Social Workers? Our team of psychologists, psychotherapists, Counsellors and social workers 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. Will therapy really help me with my problems or challenges? Research shows that discussing 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.