Frequently Asked Questions Below you will a find list of our most frequently asked questions. To learn more about our approach to psychotherapy, or to register to make an appointment, click here. Counselling & Psychotherapy 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. 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. 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. 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. Couples Therapy How do I make the most of Couples Therapy? While it’s normal to feel a little uncomfortable the first time you attend couples therapy, your experience overall should be a positive one. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you head into couples counselling. Practicing Honesty. If you are not willing to be open and honest with your partner about issues both past and present, your therapy sessions will end in a stalemate. You cannot fix what you don’t acknowledge. A Therapist can help you open up to one another by asking the right questions. Do the homework. Reflecting on what was discussed during your sessions can help both partners communicate more effectively and doing the exercises that were specifically designed for relationships – can help you discover how they can contribute to the happiness and betterment of the relationship. How long does Couples Therapy Typically Last? Couples therapy may be be a short-term experience to resolve a specific problem but may also involve additional sessions over the course of months or years , if necessary. What can I expect in Couples Therapy? Couples Therapy is a great way for partners to learn to better communicate, problem-solve and set individual and mutual goals for the future. During your couples therapy you will discuss your backgrounds, beliefs, and the issues you are now facing in your marriage. Read our blog post for more information. What happens if I think we need Couples Therapy, but my spouse won’t come? If your partner is unwilling, you may decide to go to couples therapy alone. Ultimately, with the help of a professional counsellor, couple therapy can possibly save your relationship. Experts say that if one partner is ready to speak out and seek help, that relationship may be salvaged. What is Couples Therapy? Couples therapy is a type of psychotherapy in which a therapist with clinical experience working with couples (A Marriage and Family Therapist, or MFT) helps two people involved in a romantic relationship gain insight into their relationship, resolve conflicts and improve relationship satisfaction utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions. COVID-19 What if my therapist is not available or not offering telepsychology? If your therapist is not able to provide therapy at this time, they may be able to refer you to another available therapist. If this is not possible, you can contact the Argyle for a referral to a new therapist. What is telepsychology? Telepsychology is defined as the offer of psychological services using telecommunication technologies, including telephone, mobile devices, videoconference, email, chat, text and internet. One or more of these technologies can be used in combination with one another and/or for different purposes. For example, telephone and videoconference can be used for the provision of sessions while email and text can be used for scheduling issues. Can I continue to see my therapist in their office at the Argyle? In order to ensure the health and safety of Argyle clients, therapists and staff during this COVID-19 pandemic, the Argyle premises will be closed until further notice. Most therapists however are offering telepsychology services. This means that you can continue to have sessions with your therapist through videoconference or by telephone. In rare emergency cases, therapists can meet with clients in person at the Argyle. Furthermore, the Argyle administration can still be reached at 514-931-5629 ext. 1, or though the website. Register to make an appointment Are you looking for counselling or psychotherapy? Therapy and counselling for individuals Life can feel overwhelming at times. In fact one in four adults experience significant emotional difficulties at one point or another that can be psychologically disconcerting. We’re here to help. Therapy and counselling for couples Our highly qualified therapists will help you identify the challenges you are facing as a couple and begin a dialogue geared towards improving your relationship. Find counselling for your needs.