Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect at my first appointment?
Is everything confidential?
How do we get started?
What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
How long will therapy take?
What do I get out of a therapy session?
What should I expect at my first appointment?

A typical session lasts 50 minutes. At the first appointment, I will get to know you as a person, learn about any issues that are currently experiencing, and take note of your hopes for our work together.

This session is also an opportunity for you whether we might be a good fit to work together on your therapy goals.

Is everything confidential?

Anything you share with me is confidential, with a few exceptions required of me by law. Limits to confidentiality will be discussed at the beginning of your first session, and are outlined in the client consent form. Exceptions to confidentiality extend from my ethical obligation to address safety concerns in the event that yourself, another individual, or a vulnerable person or minor is in danger of being harmed. Another exception would be if the courts requested information for legal proceedings.

Who do you normally work with?

We work with people who are finding it hard to find a balance in life: whether it be on time management, personal relationships, sexuality, or anxiety. Our clients are mostly adults, who come as individuals or groups, but we can also explore working with teenagers. 

How do we get started?

You do not require a referral. If you are considering making an appointment, the first step is to simply give me a call or send me an email. From there we will set up a free 20-minute phone consultation, during which you can share a bit of your story, and I will explain how I might be of support to you. If you are eager to dive right in, feel free to access our online booking portal here.

What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in mental health and can prescribe medications. Psychiatrist services are covered by government healthcare in Canada, similar to other medical doctors. Psychologists have graduate-level training in psychology, and are registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Psychologists do not prescribe medication, and their services are usually paid for out-of-pocket or by the client’s benefit plan.

Can I have a trial session?

We offer a free 20-minute phone consultation for those who would like to know more, or would like to know what to expect! Contact us to schedule your consultation.

How long will therapy take?

Many people wonder how long it will take before they notice an improvement. This is something I can provide more information about after I have met with you to learn about your unique situation and hopes for our work together. As we become closer over time to reaching your therapy goals, you may find that you come in less frequently. However, you are always welcomed to schedule a “tune-up” appointment with Lindsay if you wish for some additional support later on.

What do I get out of a therapy session?

You may begin to let go of resentment, recognize when to set a boundary, feel confident in using your voice to assert yourself, build deeper, more genuine connections with people, be able to confidently say “no”, without being ruled by guilt, communicate with challenging people, without self-doubt, develop self-awareness about how your boundary style originated, carve out personal time and nurture yourself, notice a greater sense of purpose and feel “in tune” with your values, experience greater ability to emotionally distance from negative people, and experience positive changes in your relationships.

Is this right for me?

One of the most important factors in your success within counselling is your relationship with your therapist. It is important to find a therapist who you feel connected to, comfortable opening up to, and sense “fits” with the way you understand and would like to approach your therapy goals. The best way to find out if this is right for you is to schedule a phone consultation or attend an in-person intake session.

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