• Comfortable and relaxed places to have a discussion
• Professional experience that is discreet
• Focus on building a collaborative relationship
• Therapeutic approach guided by your concerns, indicators and preferences
• We also consider current evidence based research to provide a compass in discovering the right paths for treatment plans
Your first therapy session
Welcome to Positive Circles. At the first session with your therapist, they typically gather information about you and how they can help you. You may be asked to fill out forms about your current and past physical and emotional health. It might take a few sessions for them to fully understand your situation and determine the solution building approach or best course of action.
Don't hesitate to ask questions anytime during your appointment.
Starting your therapy sessions
You'll likely meet with Heather Picart, in her office once a week or every other week for your sessions. Appointments are generally 50 minutes long, allowing 10 minutes between appointments to attend to your file.
During your therapy sessions
Clinical therapist, Heather Picart or her associates, will encourage you to talk about your thoughts and feelings and what's troubling you. Don't worry if you find it hard to open up about your feelings. They can definitely help you gain more confidence and comfort as time goes on.
Because sessions sometimes involve intense emotional discussions, you may find yourself crying, upset or even having an angry outburst during a session. Some people may feel physically exhausted after a session. The therapist is there to help you cope with such feelings and emotions.
Your therapist may ask you to do "homework" — activities or practices that build on what you learn during your regular therapy sessions. Over time, discussing your concerns can help improve your mood, change the way you think and feel about yourself, and improve your ability to cope with problems.
This is simple. All of your conversations and case notes are absolutely confidential except where required by law or court order.
Positive Circles is required by law to report to the appropriate authorities if there is physical or sexual abuse of a child under the age of 18 or if there is reason to believe a person’s life is in jeopardy.
If a judge subpoenas a counsellor to testify in court or to release the contents of a file, we are required to do so.
Number of sessions required
The number of treatment sessions you need — as well as how frequently you need to see your therapist — depends on such factors as:
• Severity of your challenges
• How long you've been dealing with your situation
• How quickly you make progress
• How much stress you're experiencing
• How much your health concerns interfere with day-to-day life
• How much support you receive from family members and others
• Budget and insurance limitations
It may take only weeks to help you cope with a short-term situation. Or, treatment may last a year or longer if you have a long-term mental illness or other long-term concerns.