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Talking It Out


The differences among coaching, counseling and psychotherapy can be confusing, to say the least. In my last post I wrote about coaches and counsellors, here I will give you a brief overview of another helping profession, psychotherapy.

In Ontario, like many jurisdictions, psychotherapy is a regulated health profession with a regulatory body whose mission is: “To develop standards and procedures to regulate psychotherapists in the public interest, striving to ensure competent and ethical practice within a professional accountability framework.”
As a registered psychotherapist, my view is the education and training required of therapists equips them to handle greater ambiguity in what may be troubling a client and also to be more open as to various options to assist the client.

One of the first things we learn as a therapist is that every piece of brilliant advice that comes into our minds when a client is talking has already been thought of by the client. So, a therapist will not look for a quick statement as to “what’s wrong” or jump to what can be done to make it better. This means you might think about talking to a therapist when you don’t know what is wrong, when you think things like, “I have everything, a great family, lots of success – but I feel so sad”.

In summary, there are several options when it comes to finding a professional to help you move forward in your life. Maybe the most important factor is to look for a solid rapport when you are talking with him or her. You want to sense they “get” you and you will feel completely comfortable in sharing what’s really going on in your life with them.

  • You should look forward to your time together. In short, the person you work with must:
  • Listen compassionately and without judgment;
    Be willing to hold the space for you to bring whatever comes up in your life, and
  • In the time you spend together, co-create with you a renewed sense of vitality and energy to take back to your real life.
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