Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have strengths that you’ve used before that, for whatever reason, aren’t working right now. Together, we’ll discover your inner resources to help you address this present challenge.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy. Medication treats symptoms, but cannot solve all issues on its own. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
No two people are alike and neither are their problems. Understanding that you are unique and “one size” does not fit all, your individual personality and needs are taken into account as we work together to create a therapeutic plan.
Our goal is to create an atmosphere in which you feel safe to explore even the most difficult areas of your life.
My work is informed by various therapeutic approaches, including:
Prior to our first session, I will ask you to complete an intake questionnaire. This is to help me understand your situation and how I can best support you toward achieving your therapeutic goals.
You can expect that I will do my best to understand your concerns. I will listen non- judgmentally and provide an opportunity for you to learn more about yourself and trust that, together, we will find better solutions to the challenges in your life.
You can expect that what we discuss will be kept private, with a few exceptions. (For more information, see What about confidentiality?)
As with most things in life, there is no guarantee concerning the benefit of therapy. Change is difficult and, therefore, you may experience distress and/or uncertainty. You are not alone and will be supported through the process
Sessions are usually 50 minutes long and therapy will only continue only as long as you desire and it is beneficial to you.
Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. The work you do outside our sessions will be what helps you move forward.
A wise person once said, “Never work harder than your client.”
This is your life. The more you put into working toward health and healing, the greater the benefit you will receive.
There is no minimum or maximum number of sessions* you should attend, as therapy is very personal.
It is recommended that you come for at least four to six sessions, as this is what it generally takes to build a therapeutic relationship and begin seeing positive outcomes from therapy. If you come regularly, we will periodically review your progress to make sure you are benefiting from our time together and determine if there is anything we may improve.
*Please note that the maximum number of sessions may also be determined by your EAP/EFAP/insurance healthcare plan.
Although psychotherapy, psychology, psychiatry and spiritual care may overlap in some areas, there are some important distinctions among each profession and what they can offer.
“The practice of psychotherapy is the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances by psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship based primarily on verbal or non-verbal communication.” See Psychotherapy Act, 2007, Section 3.
Psychotherapists are able to offer the most diverse range of therapies. They may also offer individual, family, or group sessions. In Ontario, psychotherapists must be registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
A licensed psychologist has a Master’s or doctoral degree (PhD) in psychology and studies how people think, feel and behave from a scientific viewpoint. They tend to focus more on testing, assessments, and research. For example, if you have a developmental disorder, learning problem, or brain injury, they can provide coping strategies. A psychologist often works with a psychiatrist. They may or may not counsel clients.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (MD) with special training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional illnesses. A psychiatrist can prescribe medication and may or may not counsel clients. They work with people on both a biological and psychological level.
Counselling focuses on giving advice, encouragement and instruction; and providing information that may or may not include psychotherapeutic interventions.
Spiritual counselling integrates religion or faith-based beliefs with psycho-social care and guidance.
Spiritual direction occurs between two people, with the director facilitating the examination of the directee’s relationship with God in daily life. The goal is to help another draw closer to God, rather than resolve specific problems. Content is determined by what the directee brings to the session. Accompaniment on the spiritual journey may include: supportive listening, encouragement, suggestions, ideas, readings, and prayers.
Our sessions will be private and confidential, with the following potential exceptions:
With children and youth, there may be times when it would be helpful for the parent/legal guardian to be informed of particular issues. I would then work with the child/youth to see how this would best be addressed. As much as possible, themes would be discussed, rather than specifics.
While I do make use of email for booking appointments, please keep in mind that email is not completely secure; therefore, please do not include sensitive information in an email.
If you do not have any insurance or EAP coverage, the rate is $100 per one-hour session (plus HST). Payment by cash, cheque or e-transfer is due at the end of each session.
EAP/EFAP (Employee Assistance Program/Employee and Family Assistance Program)
Each program has different policies and coverage limits that are dependent upon the services your company purchases. Please check with your provider for more details.
Psychotherapy services are not universally funded by OHIP. Many extended health insurance plans cover a portion or the entire cost for psychotherapy. Please check with your plan provider regarding coverage for psychotherapy and counselling services, the limits for hourly rates and yearly allowances, and how you are compensated.
Here are some suggested questions you might want to ask your provider to help determine your benefits:
A receipt will be given after each appointment.
Please note that non-reimbursed psychotherapy expenses may be claimed on your income tax. For more detailed information, please, visit www.cra.gc.ca/medical.
Daytime, early morning, early evening, and some weekend appointments may be available. Please call, text or email for an initial phone consultation. I try to respond within two business days.
Your appointment is a block of time that is reserved for you.
If you believe you won’t be able to make a scheduled appointment, please notify me as soon as possible, with at least 24 hours’ notice.
If you are experiencing an immediate crisis, please contact your doctor, your local emergency department, call 9-1-1 or Four County Crisis Team.
PETERBOROUGH REGIONAL HEALTH CENTRE
705-743-2121 ext. 5022
FOUR COUNTRY CRISIS TEAM, MOBILE CRISIS INTERVENTION
24 hours/day, 7 days/week
KIDS HELP PHONE
24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Call, text, or chat. Live chat and telephone counselling available.
Call a counsellor: 1-800-668-6868 (call is free)
KAWARTHA SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTRE
24-hour crisis support line for all
TELECARE DISTRESS CENTRE OF PETERBOROUGH
24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Allyson Lucas, MDiv, Registered Psychotherapist
351 Charlotte Street, Ste. 201C (Upper Level)*
Peterborough, ON K9J 2W1
*NOTE: There are stairs and, if mobility is a challenge for you, please let me know and an alternate location may be arranged.
If you would like to receive more information or set up an appointment, please contact me.