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Choosing a Therapist - Is Gender Important? Part #2

Many people ask if gender is important when picking a therapist. Most skilled counsellors can work well with patients/clients of any gender (male/female/other). If you recognize that you have a preference, its important to consider what that means to you (i.e. if you were abused by a male, you may prefer a female therapist or if you have trust issues with males, you may want to seek out a male therapist). Some people prefer a therapist of the same gender because they believe they may relate better or that they may receive some new perspective.

We recommended that you don’t base your decision to choose a therapist solely on gender.  Consider how they plan on working with you, their potential plan for helping you reach your goal, and what therapeutic orientation they subscribe to.

Our counselling centre can help you choose a therapist in the community, please ask us how. Feel free to give us a call and let us help you find a therapist in Vaughan and Maple, Ontario. We will work with you to make sure your comfortable and well supported. We will make sure that you receive the right information about finding the appropriate counselling/psychotherapy service. 

Finding a Therapist  - Part #1 - Counselling Services for York Region - Counselling Vaughan

VAUGHAN, Ontario - Asking what theoretical orientation a therapist subscribes to will help provide you with an idea of how your therapist plans on working with you. Each theoretical orientation has a set of techniques and strategies to help individuals better understand their problems.  At the present moment, some academics suggest that there are over 250 treatment approaches in all. Theoretical orientations include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Humanistic Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Reality Therapy

If you are experiencing an issue, try to research what theoretical orientation is best for your particular concern (i.e. research suggests that cognitive behavioural therapy works well with individuals experiencing difficulties with anxiety).

If you have any questions about the type of theoretical orientation we subscribe to, please feel free to call. We make sure that we pair our counselling method (theoretical orientation) to your concern. Our goal is to make sure that we offer research supported care.

Please note that advice is not part of the counselling process and no therapist should be offering advice to his or her clients/patients. 

Melissa Diane
Account Executive
Conselling Services for York Region
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Media Release 
For immediate release
March 15, 2014

VAUGHAN, Ontario - Counselling Services for York Region has issued a media release to inform our community that we have developed a new program for individuals who experience difficulties with social anxiety. 

The new program uses empirically supported techniques including: 
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Mindfulness Therapy
- Somatic Therapy
- Interpersonal Therapy 

Melissa Diane 
Account Executive
Counselling Services for York Region
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