Frequently Asked Questions
If you are not at imminent risk of harm, the following services may be helpful:
Mental Health Crisis Line: https://www.crisisline.ca/
Outside Ottawa: 1-866-996-0991
Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa: https://www.ysb.ca/
Crisis Chat: chat.ysb.ca
Clients do not need a diagnosis in order to make an appointment with a psychologist. In fact, many clients do not meet diagnostic criteria for a mental health disorder but find it useful to talk with someone to improve troubling areas of their lives.
A clinical interview will be conducted to understand the important aspects of your life, experiences and environment, from which we will begin developing a treatment plan. As always, you are welcome and encouraged to ask any questions you may have throughout this process.
Clients are often asked to complete a biographical questionnaire prior to attending their first session. This can be very helpful in enhancing the clinical interview and for clients to highlight important areas of concern.
Therapy can also be a longer-term experience to help clients with long standing, multiple, or complex issues. The actual number and frequency of sessions is a personal decision and will be discussed during treatment planning.
For more general information about the practice of Psychology, the following links may be helpful: