When Does Therapy Not Work?

There is much evidence to suggest that therapy is an effective treatment for many mental health illness or personal difficulty; however, there are many situations in which it may not be effective:

  • Some clients aren’t motivated to change their personal situation. This may occur at times when someone else is making them attend counselling (parent, school, or the law).
  • If you find it difficult speaking to people or developing personal relationships (yet, this is where therapy can become beneficial)
  • If you dislike your therapist. There are many people who call themselves therapist but are poorly trained. Yet, there are some who are well trained, but have a personality that you may dislike. Finding a therapist of whom you personally connect to is very important.
  • If your parents don’t support therapy (children or young adults). Some parents may not like the idea, make fun of you, or refuse to pay for treatment. Some parents may want you to turn to them for help and it’s disrespectful for going outside of the family home for support.
  • If therapy is not part of your cultural customs. Some people challenge their customs and beliefs and attend counselling despite cultural restrictions. This may be a difficult process, but it’s important to think of how it may benefit you in the end.

If you have any questions about our article and would like to find out more information about how we could help, please feel free to call our Vaughan or Maple counselling centres at 416-999-3437. We are here to help you and answer all of your questions. 

Depression linked to increased television and online activity

According to a new study conducted by McGill University, young men who experience difficulties with depression are more vulnerable than women to spend hours in front of a television/computer screen later on in life.

As much research has reported, lack of physical activity is associated with a range of diseases including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The researchers discovered from their sample that there were significant differences among young men and young women in their involvement with television/computer time four years after being identified with symptoms of depression. The researchers found that young men spent on average four hours more watching television or online than young women did per week.

This highlighted research project provides emphasis on finding adequate counselling support for young men or young women who may be experiencing difficulties with depression or symptoms of depression.

Please let us know how our counselling centre can help. We are here to provide you with quality care by qualified counsellors. We have two centres to serve you, one in Vaughan and he other in Maple. We’d be more than happy to discuss how we can help you or your family members move beyond their difficulties.

Reference:

Brunet et al. (2014). Symptoms of depression are longitudinally associated with sedentary behaviors among young men but not among young women. McGill University: Montreal

How Confidential is Confidential?

VAUGHAN, Ontario –

Therapists have long recognized the importance of confidentiality and have always placed a high ethical value on it. Most people wouldn’t tell important private information to a therapist unless they were assured that they could be trusted to keep their information confidential. Confidentiality practices are legally grounded and established by our institution and practice.

A trusted and informed therapist will discuss the limits of confidentiality and describe how confidential information will be used. Please note that there are times where a therapist is required to break confidentiality. These include:
  • If there is reason to believe that there is a significant risk of bodily harm to the client or others
  • In the case of apparent, reported, suspected or potential child abuse or neglect
  • In response to a court order or summons for records or testimony
  • For the purpose of contacting a relative, friend, or potential substitute decision-maker if the client is injured, incapacitated, or ill and unable to give consent personally
  • For the purpose of a proceeding or a contemplated proceeding in which CSYR is expected to be a party or a witness if the information relates to or is a matter in issue in the proceeding.
If clients report sexual abuse by a Regulated Health Care Professional

As part of the regulatory activities of the College of Psychologists, Social Workers or Nurses, we would ask you to disclose information about the abuser to protect public interest.

If you have any questions regarding confidentiality, please let us know. Our counselling centres are here to answer any questions you may have regarding keeping your information secure and private. We have two convenient locations in Vaughan and Maple that are discreet and private. Remember, our facilities are located within wellness centres, so no one has to know you’re here to see a counsellor.  

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