. Judy Gould, Psychotherapist

FAQs


How do I start?
You can either call me at 416-465-4225 or email me at judygould@rogers.com. I will return your call and answer any questions you have and then we can set up an appointment. During this session you can see if what I offer is the best fit for you and I can be sure that what I offer addresses your concerns.


How often do I need to go to therapy?
Most clients and therapists find that one 50 minute session per week can yield excellent results. Though some clients prefer to schedule appointments two times per month it might take longer to achieve results because the client generally spends the majority of each session catching up the therapist on recent events and less time getting to the emotional heart of the experience.


How does therapy work?
Therapy appears to look to the observer like a discussion between the client and the therapist where mostly the client is talking. What is happening between them, that is, the relationship that they are developing, is even more important to the therapeutic process. That is why it is essential to work with a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and who makes you feel understood. Over time, as your trust becomes established you can use this relationship to re-pattern difficult emotional experiences in your past and/or current life. Feeling safe to share your life experiences is the key to making satisfying changes.


How effective is psychotherapy?
Working with a psychotherapist can help you to improve relationships, feel better about yourself, understand the ways in which you organize what happened/happens to you, improve the way you communicate, learn how to respond to life's situations instead of reacting emotionally to them, and feel less fragmented and more integrated. Related specifically to healing following a cancer diagnosis, psychotherapy is demonstrated as being helpful when the therapy considers coping strategies, reducing stress and developing resilience. For individuals with depression, talk therapy combined with antidepressant therapy is associated with a higher improvement rate than antidepressant therapy alone.


Will my therapist give me advice or tell me what to do?
Psychotherapists try not to offer advice. They might offer some piece of education such as how to be assertive or how to incorporate relaxation techniques into daily life but I have found that the best answers arise from the client after working through his/her various options with me.


When do I know I am finished therapy?
When you feel neutral about seeing your therapist or find you have nothing further to work through.


What is relational psychotherapy?
Relational therapists recognize that what many people struggle with concerns difficulties in current or past relationships. Relational therapy offers the opportunity to re-pattern and repair problematic relationships through the process of deep listening and empathy.


What is mindfulness?
Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as "the awareness that emerges through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment." Bringing this kind of focus into daily life can enhance the experience of living and more specifically, with regular practice, can provide for the individual the space in time to respond to situations rather than to react to them.


Do you have a sliding fee scale?
I do offer a sliding scale (reduced rate) for individuals only. Please ask me if there are any available sliding-scale slots.


Are your fees covered by insurance?
Some insurance companies cover therapists who have PhDs in Psychology or who are Psychotherapists. Please check your insurance coverage. The form of psychotherapy that I offer is not insured by the OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan).