Counselling FAQs   (Frequently Asked Questions)

What happens in the first counselling session?

A counselling session is 50 minutes in length. An initial appointment is a ‘get-acquainted’ session where the client and the therapist determine if there is an ability to work together and discuss how they will work together. The client shares some background information and together both parties discuss the duration of the therapy, the frequency of appointments, and issues to be addressed. Often in the first appointment a few preliminary goals for the therapy are established. All of this is, of course, dependent on the nature of the presenting issue and other factors that will become clear as both parties make a plan to help maximize the success of the therapy.

Is everything I say confidential?

I wish to create a therapeutic climate where all clients feel a level of safety and comfort and respect for their personal stories. Alliance Counselling is committed to maintaining the highest standards of client confidentiality and discretion. As your counsellor, I may request your permission to discuss your care with other caregivers such as your family doctor or psychiatrist where applicable and will obtain your written release before doing so. There are legal limits in Ontario to confidentiality and these are discussed at the first appointment.

What happens if I miss an appointment?

Out of respect for each other we make a verbal contract together that both parties are responsible for ensuring a high level of commitment to your therapy. Both parties agree to make every effort to be present for all scheduled appointments. I ask that you give 48 hours notice if you cannot make a scheduled appointment. Cancelling inside that time frame may result in the full consultation fee being charged at the discretion of Alliance Counselling.

How many sessions will I need?

This is a very good question but one that it is extremely difficult to answer. It is a decision you and your therapist will make together. The number of sessions needed depends on the nature of the issue. I will discuss this openly very early in the therapy process.

Clients seeking individual counselling to address pressing issues and challenges, including grief or loss, relationship issues, separation, and stress issues may benefit from short-term counselling.  Longer term psychotherapy (weekly or bi-weekly, several months or longer) is often indicated if you are dealing with on-going deeper issues of depression, anxiety or self esteem.

What type of psychotherapy will be used in my treatment?

Alliance Counselling uses an integrative approach to therapy. This recognizes the reality that each person is unique and no one size fits all when it comes to treatment. Depending on the issues that you wish to work on, as your therapist I may well access several theoretical approaches in working with you to meet your therapy goals. Insights from evidence-based techniques of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy, Emotion-Focussed Couples Therapy, Existential Therapy, Family Systems Theory, and Mindfulness practices are all utilized in this counselling practice.

Alliance Counselling Services

Dave Ponting, Registered Psychotherapist

By Appointment Only:

668 Tomahawk Crescent
Ancaster, Ontario L9G 3R2

Nearest major intersection: McNiven and Golf Links Rd.

Office Phone: 289-239-9696
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