We recognize and honor the courage it takes to explore personal issues and work with life experiences. Navigating the inner experience and life can be difficult alone. We encourage you to work with a psychotherapist trained in listening, non-judgement, and compassion and allow yourself to be free of emotional, mental, and spiritual distress. How much and what you explore is for you to determine.
Psychotherapy is a consultative process that occurs between a professional that has been educated and trained in one of the various mental health disciplines (i.e., psychology, social work, family therapy) and an individual, family, couple, or group. The goal is to seek help with bringing about desired changes in patterns of thinking, feeling, and behavior, as well as the search for spiritual meaning. Modern psychotherapy may incorporate a variety of elements that do not rely on verbal communication alone. This includes the use of mind-body skills and awareness, experiential methods (i.e., expressive arts therapies), and attention to imagery, dreams, and the relationship between the therapist and clients.
Our psychotherapists deal in a variety of issues including: chronic illness, chronic pain, codependency, coping skills, depression, divorce, grief, peer relationships, relationship issues, self esteem, sexual abuse, insomnia, spirituality, anxiety and weigh loss. Mental health issues include alcohol abuse, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, behavioural issues, bipolar disorder, borderline personality, career guidance, drug abuse, dual diagnosis, eating disorders, emotional disturbance, family conflict, obesity, obsessive-compulsive (OCD), self-harming, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, trauma and PTSD.
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI-I, sleep therapy) is a structured treatment program for insomnia including difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early in the morning. CBT-I is an evidence-based psychological intervention designed to address behaviours and thoughts that interfere with healthy sleep patterns. CBTI-I involves both an assessment and set of recommendations to improve your sleep.
Information regarding your sleep patterns, lifestyle, and factors contributing to insomnia will be gathered prior to, and during, your initial appointment. Your second session will consist of a discussion about your individualized sleep plan and recommendations for change. Follow-up sessions will focus on monitoring your progress and making adjustments as needed. The goal is to optimize your sleep stability so that it is more satisfying for you.
Treatment time can vary depending on individual challenges and needs. However, for many, CBT-I is typically delivered over 4 – 8 sessions, either weekly or biweekly, for 30-50 minutes each.
What should I expect during a psychotherapy treatment?
In an initial psychotherapy session, you will be asked to complete a short intake form, if you have not already done so in advance. Some basic terms around undertaking the therapeutic process will be reviewed with you, including guidelines around confidentiality respecting whatever information you share with the therapist. Once these housekeeping matters have been addressed, you will be asked to begin to share more about the issue or aspect of your life that prompted you to seek help or support. You need not concern yourself with telling a coherent story about your life, as the therapist will ask many questions to guide the process and elicit the information that is important to formulating some loose goals and a direction for the therapy. The therapist will also provide reflections and ask further questions to ensure that their understandings of your perceptions are correct. Furthermore, you will be asked questions that elicit more of your life history in general. During this initial information-gathering phase, the therapist is attempting to understand you better based on the context of your personal history and is also getting a better sense of who you are as a whole person. This is for the purposes of beginning to make some educated guesses around what therapeutic elements and approaches that you may benefit from the most.
As the therapist becomes increasingly clear on an initial direction for therapy to proceed (during the first 1-3 sessions), any specific techniques proposed (i.e. EMDR therapy, Hakomi therapy) will be explained to you. You will also be invited to provide feedback and ask any questions about the proposed treatment.
Once therapy is well underway, it is truly a collaborative process. At the beginning of each session, you will be invited to share your perceptions of your progress and recent life events that have impacted you. Therapist and client then work together to relate your most recent insights and experiences to the themes that have been identified and worked with in previous sessions. Then incorporate these recent insights and experiences into the “working” part of the session, when techniques such as Hakomi or EMDR may be used. Time is allotted near the end of the session for discussion that will help you integrate the insights and the work accomplished within the session, while also generating ideas about how you might apply this content or enliven the relevant themes in your everyday life between now and the next session.
Each psychotherapy session is different, though most usually have a distinct beginning (check in), middle (working phase), and end (integration and application). Therapy works best when treated as fluid process that is responsive to your changing needs, while honoring the larger goals and intentions that you started therapy with. Collaboration allows for any adjustments to be made to either your goals and/or the overall process.
Price List for Psychotherapy Services
|Psychotherapy - Roxana Sterniczuk||60 minutes||$225|
Direct Billing and Insurance
For your convenience, we can direct bill your psychotherapy session directly to your insurance company. Direct billing availability varies by therapist and service as shown in the table below.
Please note that you may be able to submit your psychotherapy session directly to insurance companies not listed above or if you have a health spending plan you may be able to utilize it.
Disclaimer – Services provided by psychologists in the private sector are not covered by the standard Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan. However, for many, psychological services are included in extended health care insurance packages. To avoid any surprises, it is recommended that you consult with your private health care provider to determine these terms and conditions prior to your first appointment.