Psychologist Therapist Counselling Hamilton
These are unprecedented & stressful times. Safety is our highest priority.
We are continuing to offer most of our psychological services through encrypted video or by telephone- in Hamilton, and across Ontario. Some in-person sessions are available when necessary. Sessions are available to assist with COVID-19 related stress, & many other concerns that people usually attend counselling for
COPING WITH COVID-19 TIPS:
1) Remember this is challenging for all, you are not alone. Validate your stress.
2) Remember this is temporary. In the grand scheme of things, this will
3) Focus on what you feel grateful
4) Use this opportunity to pause your usual busy lifestyle & find ways
to slow down.
5) Keep a routine & limit news.
* Read our blog post on a psychologist’s perspective on coping with Coronavirus.
Psychologists have a higher level of education (usually a PhD or 10+ yrs of University) & are regulated by the College of Psychologists of Ontario, which has very high standards to protect the public when they seek psychological services.
Psychologists can provide a diagnosis.
Counsellors & therapists usually have a masters degree & may be working towards being regulated by a college. They are not able to provide a diagnosis.
Psychotherapists have a Masters' degree & are regulated by the College of Psychotherapists.
Psychotherapists are not able to
provide a diagnosis.
Psychiatrists are MDs that usually focus on medication for treatment, while Psychologists are doctors that treat emotional & psychological ailments using psychotherapy & counselling. Psychologists do not prescribe medication.
Our psychological services include both 1) therapeutic (counselling & psychotherapy) & 2) assessment/diagnostic services for a range of issues- see below.
The main focus in our practice is on therapy & counselling using a variety of evidence-based therapy approaches.
We already continually identify, assess, clarify & explore your concerns to inform each Psychologist-directed therapy plan.
For those who need diagnostic clarity, or are referred by the WSIB, or an external provider we can also provide more formal comprehensive psychological assessments using standardized assessment measures to ensure a thorough, accurate and informative psychological assessment.
We serve adults, adolescents & couples In Hamilton, and online across Ontario.
We do not work with children 12 years & under and we do not provide family therapy.
Psychological services can help with stress, improving coping, improving work-life balance, burnout, depression, anxiety (including general anxiety or worry, health anxiety, social anxiety, agoraphobia & panic attacks), OCD, trauma, including complex trauma & dissociation, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder- including Veterans & first-responders, sleep disruption, workplace injury, chronic pain, grief, self-criticism & perfectionism, low self-esteem & low self-worth or low self-confidence, assertiveness, addiction & alcohol use, anger, relationship conflict, decision conflict & personal growth.
Fees for psychological services are not covered by OHIP, but are often covered by extended benefit plans when you have coverage for a psychologist. Most benefit companies have been recognizing supervised services. We recommend checking with your specific company or submitting your first invoice promptly to ensure.
Fees can be spaced out according to need.
The fee for psychological services suggested by the Ontario Psychological Association is $225 per hour. Our standard fee is set at $180 and we also offer lower fee options in some situations. Sessions with a
graduate intern are $100.
Please contact us to discuss how we can assist you if fees are a barrier.
Fees are due at the end of each appointment & can be paid by etransfer, cash or Credit card.
Our Hamilton office is only two minutes from hwy 403 and a 5-minute walk from transit at the corner of Main st & Dundurn. We are on a quiet street with ample free parking & no stairs at 67 Frid St, Suite 4. We are located on the left side of the building near the front (same side as Appex Health).
Our nature-inspired office is very quiet, discreet, professional & comfortable and set up specifically for psychological services. See our waiting area picture above.
Ask us about a "walk & talk" appointment outside if this is something that would make you feel more comfortable.
*We offer high-quality psychological services informed by a high level of continual, updated training in evidence-based approaches such as CBT, DBT & other leading-edge psychotherapy approaches such as ACT, Mindfulness, EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS), emotion-focused therapy (EFT) & memory reconsolidation. We go well above & beyond standard
*If you've tried counselling before but didn't feel like you connected fully or learned enough or made transformative shifts, see how you can have a
different experience going through a psychologist.
*Our Hamilton office is comfortable & easy to access with free ample parking.
* We assess your unique needs & discuss options with you and we do not use a "one size fits all approach" so that your therapy fits you & your own unique internal system.
*We use outcome monitoring to
*Each therapy plan is directly reviewed & monitored by Dr. Jennifer Barbera C. Psych.
*Dr. Barbera works very closely with her close-knit team that truly cares & we continually elicit client feedback to ensure we can best meet needs.
*Psychological services are covered by most extended-benefit plans.
*We offer immediate online booking so you can rest assured you have an apt.
Are there things that you want to better understand about yourself?
Are there things that you wish you could change about yourself?
Are there things that still bother you that you wish you could let go of or heal from?
Do you want a more fulfilling and harmonious relationship?
Psychological services Directed by a psychologist can help people with these concerns & more by:
* helping you gain clarity by better understanding yourself & why you feel & act the way you do.
*helping you set clear achievable goals & move in a direction that feels more satisfying & where you feel calmer and are more connected in your relationships.
*teaching you how to cope with unpleasant or difficult thoughts, feelings & situations in a way that improves your well-being.
*addressing underlying causes to your symptoms or concerns so that you don't continue to repeat the same patterns or experience the same symptoms.
*identify your life goals & values to help move you in a direction that leads to a more satisfying & fulfilling life, including calmer & more connected relationships.
There are several ways you can book an appointment for psychological services:
1) See our Book Appointment button below to immediately view & book an available appointment In Hamilton or online in Ontario. Please note due to high demand this option is currently limited.
2) See our Contact Us page to send us a message to inquire more about psychological services.
4) call psychologist Dr. Barbera at 905-407-5758
A referral is NOT NEEDED
Initial appointments are 90 minutes.
Subsequent individual appointments
are 1 hour. Couples therapy
appointments are usually 90 minutes.
If you book an appointment please complete our electronic intake form at the time of booking to help ensure we are best matching you for services & to save time during your first appointment.
Please contact us before booking if you are seeking WSIB, VA or LTD referred services. These appointments
are 90 minutes and
cannot be booked online.
We are experienced & trained in several therapy modalities including:
Read more about each specific therapy modality that can be used during psychological services.
We consider the unique needs of each individual to help guide a treatment or therapy plan. Eclectic approaches to psychological services or therapy recognize that many approaches have therapeutic value & because of this, therapy is tailored to the unique characteristics & needs of each individual. We do not use a "one size fits all" or "cookie cutter approach" to therapy. We will explore options & help you select the approaches that best suit your needs.
Please contact us if you need more information or have specific questions about what services are right for you. We will do our best to answer your questions to help you make a decision that is right for you.
You can also call Psychologist Dr. Jennifer Barbera at 904-407-5758.
Email us for the quickest response.
We do work often with people struggling with thoughts of self-harm. We are calm & confident in helping with these concerns. If you are in crisis right now don't wait for an appointment. Contact COAST in Hamilton or another crisis support service while you are waiting to commence psychological services.
COAST can be reached at: 905-972-8338
Barrett Crisis services: 905-529-7878
If you are in immediate danger call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.
Most people feel nervous about seeing a psychologist or attending their first appointment for psychological services. We will do everything we can to help put you at ease.
You can expect a welcoming, calm & professional environment. You can expect that we will take your concerns very seriously. We will use our experience and expertise to gain a thorough understanding of your concerns and help you move forward In a direction you can feel satisfied about.
A referral is not needed. Some insurance companies, but not most, require a referral from your family doctor to reimburse claims.
If a physician or other provider wants to send us a referal request our fax number is: 905-854-7577.
If you want to find out more about how our services can assist you contact us.
A lot of people have a part of them that feels very skeptical, or even hopeless about whether therapy or counselling can help them. This is completely understandable.
Maybe you've had negative experiences with counselling before, or maybe you are feeling discouraged.
We can help alleviate these concerns if you give us a chance to talk about how we can make sure your experience with us is different, or if you let us work directly with the part of you that feels skeptical or discouraged.
Let us know about any concerns you have and we will do our best to address them.
At Dr. Barbera C. Psych we take confidentiality very seriously.
Privacy & confidentiality is very important & information shared with a psychologist is legally protected & cannot be disclosed without your explicit consent.
There are some clear cut exceptions to confidentiality that apply to everyone.
You don't have to wait for your psychological services appointment to start taking
important steps towards meeting your goals.
First, complete your intake so we can be as efficient as possible in meeting your needs. Psychologist Dr. Barbera reviews each intake.
Ensuring privacy and confidentiality of personal information is a key priority at this private practice.
I am committed to collecting, using and disclosing personal information responsibly and only to the extent necessary for the services that I provide. My objective is to be open and candid as to how I handle personal information. This document describes my privacy policies so that those who use our services, are affiliated with me, or do business with me, can understand my ongoing commitment to service provision with respect to privacy.
WHAT IS PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Personal information is that which refers to a specific individual. This includes information that relates to personal characteristics (e.g., gender, age, income, home address, phone number, family status), their health (e.g., health history, previous treatment) or other activities and views (e.g., political affiliation, opinions expressed by the individual, and opinion or evaluation of an individual by a second party). Personal information is different than business information (e.g., an individual’s business address or phone number) which is not protected by PIPEDA or PHIPA.
WHO AM I: Dr. Jennifer Barbera, psychologist.
I am a registered psychologist in the province of Ontario. I work in a close-knit team of other psychologists, psychotherapists and/or graduate students or recent graduate students in my own established private practice. No personal information that you disclose will be shared with any other individual outside of the practice unless you give me express written consent to share this information or unless issues of safety, abuse, legal subpoena or unpaid fees arise which compel me to disclose your information to the appropriate agency.
WHY IS PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTED?
1) PRIMARY PURPOSES
Information About Clients:
Like all psychologists, I collect, use and disclose personal information in order to serve clients. Failure to collect, review or consider personal background information about clients would be negligent on my part. For my clients, the primary purpose for collecting personal information is to provide psychological assessment, treatment, and consultation services. For example, I collect information about a client’s health history, including family history, physical and psychological functioning and social situation, to help me assess their mental health needs, advise them of their options, and provide psychological services they choose.
A secondary primary purpose is to obtain a baseline of current psychological, cognitive or vocational status. In providing ongoing services, I can identify changes that are occurring over time. Another primary purpose is to collect personal, health and social information to provide diagnostic information, current status, and recommendations to the client’s family physician and/or referral source.
Information About Associates (Independent contractors) and Students:
For those persons who are contracted to do supervised work for my private practice, my primary purpose for collecting personal information is to ensure that I can contact them in the future (e.g. for new referrals) and for necessary professional communications (e.g. sending out invoices, completing therapist competency assessments, clinical supervision etc). Examples of the types of the personal information I would collect for those purposes include home addresses and telephone numbers, previous work history, ongoing behaviour and/or performance relevant to the clinical services they provide. It is rare for me to collect such information without prior consent. Still, it may occur in the case of a health emergency (e.g. a SARS outbreak) or investigate a possible breach of the law (if a theft were to occur in my office building). If an associate or student requests a letter of reference or an evaluation, I will collect information about their work-related performance and provide a report as authorized by them.
2) RELATED AND SECONDARY PURPOSES
Like most organizations, I also collect, use, and disclose information for purposes related to, or secondary to, my primary purposes. The most common examples of related and secondary purposes are as follows:
It is possible that external individuals (auditors, lawyers, graduate students, accreditation programs) may, on my behalf, do audits and continuing quality improvement reviews of my work. At times, this may involve interviewing me and reviewing records.
The cost of some goods/services provided by myself to clients is paid for by third parties (e.g., auto insurance companies, long-term disability insurance companies, WSIB etc.). In these cases, I will ask for your express written consent to disclose to them certain information to demonstrate your entitlement to this funding (except for confirming the date and costs of services provided).
I retain client information for a minimum of 10 years after the last contact to permit me to respond to questions arising after services have been received. If the client is a child at the time he or she receives services, his or her record will be retained for 10 years after she or he reaches the age of 18 years.
If my practice or my assets were to be sold, the purchaser would want to conduct a “due diligence” review of the clinic’s records to ensure it is a viable business that has been honestly portrayed to the purchaser. This due diligence may involve some review of my accounting and service files. The purchaser would NOT be able to remove my records or record any personal information. Before being provided access to the files, the purchaser would be required to provide a written promise to keep all personal information confidential. Only reputable purchasers who can maintain the standards required by the College of Psychologists of Ontario would be provided access to personal information, and only for the purpose of completing the due diligence search prior to closing the purchase.
Psychologists are regulated by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. This organization may inspect my records as part of regulatory activities in the public interest. Also, various government agencies (e.g. Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, Information and Privacy Commissioner, the Human Rights Commission, etc.) have mandated the legal authority to review my files without patient consent.
You can choose not to be part of some of these related or secondary purposes (e.g. by paying for your services at the time they are rendered). However, you do not have much choice about the disclosure of your personal information with respect to many of these related and secondary purposes (e.g. external regulations and audits).
PROTECTING PERSONAL INFORMATION
I take the importance of protecting personal information very seriously. For that reason, I have taken the following steps:
If your information was stolen, lost or accessed by an unauthorized person, I would be responsible for notifying you of this security breach at the first reasonable opportunity and taking any required steps, such as notifying the privacy commissioner of Ontario.
RELEASING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Release of information requests are filled only with your written authorization or, in unusual circumstances, with your verbal consent that is explicitly documented to the chart/file.
I do not release any type of raw data from psychological testing to any other party, other than to registered psychologists, even with your consent.
I will only release information that has been collected in my office, with your consent, to other individuals.
In some instances, I may be compelled to release information without your consent. These instances may include the following:
RETENTION AND DESTRUCTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
I need to retain personal information to ensure that I can answer any questions you might have about services provided and for my accountability to external regulatory bodies.
I destroy paper files containing personal information after 10 years past the last date of service by shredding or burning the information.
If I die or become unable to practice for any reason, your file will be forwarded to and become the responsibility of an alternate designated clinician.
LOOKING AT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
With a few rare exceptions, you have the right to see what personal information I hold about you. Often, all you have to do is ask. I can help you identify what records I might have about you. I will also try to help you understand any information you do not understand (e.g. short forms, technical language, etc.). I reserve the right to charge a nominal fee for such requests.
If there is a problem, I may ask that you put your request in writing. Suppose I cannot provide you with access. In that case, I will tell you within 30 days, if possible, and tell you the reason as to why I cannot give you access (e.g., because the requested information reveals a third party and/or may jeopardize the health or safety of a third party; because the information relates to a legal proceeding/subpoena/warrant).
If you believe that there is a mistake in the information, you have the right to ask for it to be corrected. This applies to factual information and not to any professional opinions I may have formed. If necessary, I will ask you to provide documentation that the information in my file is wrong. Where we agree that a mistake was made, the correction will be made, and I will notify anyone to whom the original information was sent. If we do not agree that a mistake was made, I will still agree to include in my file a brief statement from you on the point(s), and I will forward that statement to anyone else who received the earlier information.
DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?
If you wish to make a formal complaint about our privacy practices, please do so in writing to Dr. Barbera. I will acknowledge receipt of your complaint, ensure that it is investigated promptly and that you are provided with a formal decision and reasons in writing.
If you have a concern about the professionalism or competence of my work as a psychologist or any of the associates or students in my practice, I would ask you to discuss those concerns with me. However, if I cannot satisfy your concerns, you are entitled to make a complaint to my regulatory body, the College of Psychologists of Ontario:
The College of Psychologists of Ontario
110 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite 500
Toronto ON, M4R 1A3
tel: 1-800-489-8388 fax: 1-416-961-2635
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada
112 Kent Street
Ottawa ON, K1A 1H3
tel: (613) 995-8210/1-800-282-1376
fax: (613) 947-6850, TTY: (613) 992-9190
The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 1400
Toronto, Ontario M4W 1A8
Tel: (416) 326-3333 or 1-800-387-0073
Fax: (416) 325-9195, TTY: TDD/TTY: (416) 325-7539
Psychologists have more extensive education & training than a therapist, counsellor or psychotherapist. Most Psychologists, including Dr. Jennifer Barbera, have a PhD and attend university for approximately 10 years, plus a year of rigorous licensing exams, before providing psychological services.
According to healthdirect.gov.au Psychologists are experts in human behaviour as they study how people think, feel and act. Psychologists can diagnose, while counsellors, therapists and psychotherapists cannot provide a diagnosis because diagnosis is a controlled act that only a doctor can perform.
Psychologists are regulated by the College of Psychologists of Ontario to ensure a high standard that protects the public. Counsellors and therapists are not necessarily regulated.
What is the difference between Psychologists & Psychiatrists?
Psychologists and psychiatrists both undergo many years of extensive formal training & both focus on emotional and psychological disorders or ailments. A key difference is the focus of the training they have received and their primary method of treatment.
Like your physician or family doctor, psychiatrists have a degree in medicine, but this is followed by specialized training in the diagnosis & treatment of mental illness, emotional disorders, & behavioral problems.
Psychiatrists usually prescribe medication to treat emotional & psychological difficulties. Their fees are covered by OHIP, but there can be long waiting lists to be seen. In Ontario, they are licensed and regulated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
Psychologists have completed a bachelor’s degree and then further graduate training (usually an MA & a PhD) in psychology (the study of human development, learning, & abnormal psychology, and have specialized in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness, behaviour problems, and emotional disorders.
Although psychologists may have training in psychotropic medication to treat psychological symptoms, they do not prescribe medication.
Psychologists work to help people understand the nature of difficulties they may be dealing with, develop insight and skills to minimize and manage the impact of problems, and may coordinate with other health service providers, including physicians, and occupational therapists.
Psychologists are also the only professionals specifically trained and qualified in the administration of specialized psychological tests used to assess things such as intelligence or achievement, personality characteristics, mental and emotional disorders.
Fees for psychologists’ services are not covered by OHIP, but are often covered by extended benefit plans, employee assistance programs, or through government agencies or other special programs like the WSIB.
Psychologists in Ontario are licensed and regulated by the College of Psychologists of Ontario
The specific training and background of a counsellor or therapist varies. Most have at least a master’s degree in psychology, counselling or social work.
The title "counsellor" or "therapist" is not regulated under the Health Professional Act.
When you work with a therapist or counsellor under the supervision of psychologist Dr. Barbera you can be assured that the services are being monitored and informed by a high level of education and enforceable standard. This is because Dr. Barbera is directly responsible for the services and ensures that the service falls under her declared areas of competency.
In Dr. Barbera C. Psych's practice in Hamilton all intakes are directly reviewed by Dr. Barbera and she assists with the therapy plan and providing ongoing direction, supervision, and ongoing training to the supervised associate. To book an appointment click here.
*Improving coping skills
*Improving work-life balance
*Grief & loss
*Low self-esteem & low self-worth
*Addiction & alcohol use
*Caregiver and work burnout
We can also provide therapeutic training in:
* self-compassion training
* coping skills training (including distress tolerance skills).
Psychological services can help people gain clarity by better understanding themselves and why they feel & act the way they do.
PsychologiIcal services can teach people how to modulate their reactions & emotions by helping them learn how to tap into their "observing self". This can help people to cope with unpleasant or difficult thoughts, feelings and situations in a more adaptive way that improves their well-being. Improved coping can lead to more confidence, self-esteem and life-satisfaction.
Psychological services can also help people to work on underlying causes to their symptoms or concerns so that they don't find themselves continuing to repeat the same patterns or experience the same symptoms.
Psychological services can help people to identify their life goals & values in order to move in a direction that leads to a more satisfying and fulfilling life, including calmer and more connected relationships.
Are there things that you want to better understand about yourself?
Are there things that you wish you could change about yourself?
Are there things that still bother you that you wish you could let go of or heal from?
Do you want a more fulfilling and harmonious relationship?
To read more about ways you could benefit from therapy with a psychologist we recommend reading the following post at Psych Central.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy- CBT: Is a well-researched and widely used corrective medical model that focuses on helping people to treat their mood and anxiety symptoms. It is also used for concerns related to trauma, anger, substance or alcohol use, OCD and assertiveness. This approach focuses on your thoughts and behaviours and teaches skills such as thought-monitoring and behavioural activation.
We incorporate important elements of CBT into most of our psychologist-directed therapy plans. To provide comprehensive psychological services we also explore additional options- see below- to allow for a holistic and comprehensive approach to healing or reaching goals. We combine approaches because we ideally aim to both correct and transform your concerns at the same time.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy- ACT: Is a well-researched non-pathologizing corrective approach to helping people change the relationship they have with their thoughts and feelings by helping people increase their psychological flexibility and re-focus on moving towards a more rich and meaningful life. This approach focuses on helping people connect to their values, and teaching skills such as mindfulness and thought delusion. This approach is particularly helpful for mood and anxiety symptoms.
Internal Family Systems- IFS: This non-pathologizing transformational approach represents a recent paradigm shift in psychotherapy that focuses on core change by getting people out of their usual cognitive focus (e.g., focusing on talking about their problem and learning skills) and focusing instead on working directly with and healing the parts of them that cause or manifest their symptom(s).
The focus of IFS is not on family (as the name suggests) but on helping you to re-connect or uncover your true "Self" and lead life the way you truly want to lead it, rather than feeling led by your emotions and behaviours. Therefore, the main goal is self-leadership from a state of feeling calm, clear, confident, connected, curious and compassionate. These are qualities that can be uncovered in anyone.
People commonly seek out meditation to try and connect to this state of being, however, IFS offers another way to uncover these qualities by being able to ease back parts of self that interfere somehow, and to heal and transform the parts of self that perpetuate current patterns and difficulties. IFS can be helpful for any concern including depression, anxiety, substance use, disrupted eating, low self-esteem, anger, OCD, and trauma.
Eye movement Desensitization & Reprocessing- EMDR: EMDR therapy is a phased-oriented, transformational treatment approach to treating trauma & post-traumatic Stress Disorder and other symptoms by helping a person to stay within their window of tolerance while they safely access the images, beliefs, emotions, and body sensations associated with the memory.
A bilateral stimuli (eye movement, tones or physical pulses or tapping) is then applied. The BLS serves to tax working memory and facilitate reprocessing of the memory until it no longer feels distressing or elicits any emotional or physical reactivity in the nervous system. This process allows the natural healing process of the brain to move toward adaptive resolution, similar to what is thought to occur during REM sleep.
Using EMDR to re-process a memory and its corresponding stimuli (thoughts, sensations, emotions) by facilitating access to adaptive memory networks stems from the notion that symptoms occur when trauma and other negative or challenging experiences overwhelm the brain’s natural capacity to heal adaptively.
EMDR can also be successfully used to reduce distress over relationship break-down, decision conflict and to work on issues related to low self-worth and self-defeating beliefs. Most individuals are surprised at the extent to which memories that have felt painful for many years can be resolved, or least significantly eased, within a single session.
Learn more on our website about EMDR therapy, including videos.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy-DBT: DBT is a corrective change approach aimed at improving distress tolerance. In DBT the "dialectical" refers to finding balance in the existence of opposites. In DBT, people are taught two seemingly opposite strategies: acceptance (i.e., that their experiences and behaviours are valid), and change (i.e., that they have to make positive changes to manage emotions and move forward).
DBT is a CBT-orientated approach that focuses on teaching skills in 4 key areas: 1) Mindfulness, 2) Interpersonal effectiveness, 3) Distress tolerance, & 4) Emotion Regulation. DBT is often recommended for individuals diagnosed with distress tolerance difficulties, self-harm and Borderline Personality Disorder.
We tend to incoporate important elements of DBT (e..g, teaching about "wise mind", "radical acceptance" and "self-soothing with all 5 senses" strategies) into other approaches such as ACT & IFS.
Emotion-focused Therapy- EFT: EFT is a transformational process-experiential, client-centered therapy, that focuses on helping individuals and couples to heal and transform their underlying painful core emotions through specific psychotherapy techniques such as "two chair" dialogue, and tranformative dialogue. EFT is also used to help couples de-escalate conflict in their relationship and strengthen their attachment bond.
Therapy can be a unique journey for everyone and it can feel like an intimidating and scary process, especially if you don’t know what to expect.
To try and help with this, Here we will identify a few of the main things you can expect from psychological services with Dr. Jennifer Barbera C. Psych or one of her supervised associates In Hamilton. For a more in-depth overview about therapy please visit our Therapy 101 page.
First and foremost, you can expect you will be treated with kindness, compassion, and respect. We will help you to identify what you want to gain from therapy and we will not ever force you to talk about things you don’t feel comfortable talking about.
We will explore options with you and be there to guide you, however, every decision will be up to you. We will elicit your feedback to ensure we are best meeting your needs and to determine whether you want more or less direction from your therapist, more or less assigned tasks, and more or less session structure.
We value your input and you can expect a professional and collaborative process.
To help give more insight into how we approach therapy and how we think you can gain the most out of therapy, we recommend viewing this in-depth video by Psychologist Dr. Tori Olds on "how to get the most out of therapy".
It’s not uncommon for people to feel skeptical or doubtful about whether Psychological services can help them. Maybe you've tried counselling or therapy before and felt disappointed.
Rather than try to actively convince you that therapy & counselling can help, sometimes we suggest that "seeing is believing".
Just ask the part of yourself that feels discouraged or skeptical about therapy if it will allow you to try something different in order to get different results. Isn’t the possibility of healing & change worth exploring?
Reach out and let psychologist Dr. Barbera know if there are specific concerns you have that make you reluctant to start therapy. Let us see how we can address your concerns.
If you want more information about how to move forward when you can’t help but feel skeptical about therapy or counselling, we recommend reading this article.
Psychological services are regulated by a College whose mandate is to protect the public. Confidentiality with a psychologist is legally protected and information will not be disclosed without your explicit consent. There are a few clear cut exceptions to confidentiality that apply to everyone in therapy and these are the only exceptions:
🌱 If information is shared that suggests a child 16 years (or 18 years in some cases) or younger is at risk of being abused or neglected.
🌱 If information is shared that suggests a senior living in a residential facility is being abused or neglected.
🌱 If we are made aware that another regulated healthcare provider sexually abused or was sexually inappropriate with someone.
🌱 If we are court-ordered to release information by a judge in court.
🌱 If you disclose that you have a specific and imminent plan to harm yourself or another specific person.