Frequently Asked Questions

How can Therapy Benefit Me?

Therapy can provide many benefits such as:

  • increased self-awareness which helps to form and achieve goals

  • new perspectives on life that can make problem solving more achievable

  • healthier coping skills for dealing with all forms of emotional distress

  • healthier interpersonal relationships

  • increased resiliency when dealing with stress

  • personal and professional growth

  • increased self-confidence

  • etc.

What is Therapy like?

Therapy is a very personalized process.  In general however, therapy will begin by exploring the current and/or situations that have brought you to therapy.  and your relevant personal history.  From there your psychologist and you will work together to form specific goals for therapy.  Therapy can be a. short term process or long term depending on your personal goals and how long it may take to achieve them, again everyone is different.  Appointments can be made weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly depending on how much support you feel you need.  Oftentimes counselling appointments are booked weekly or bi weekly in the beginning and then taper off once significant progress has been made.  The more you participate in the counselling process, which may exclude practicing skills between sessions or other homework tasks, the more results you will gain from therapy.  The overall goal of your counsellor is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to bring what you've learnt in therapy back into your everyday life.  

What is a Provisional Psychologist?

A provisional psychologist holds a masters degree in psychology and has been pre approved and registered with the relevant governing body.  In this case Lauren Byrne is a registered provisional psychologist within the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) and is working on fulfilling her full licensing hours.  As such she is required to meet with a supervisor at least once monthly to discuss her work.  No information will be shared however without your signed written consent.

 

Do you take insurance, and how does that work? 

Lauren Byrne currently does NOT direct bill individual insurance carriers.  However, an official receipt will be provided for all services provided.  Provisional psychologist services are recognized and accepted through most insurance plans.  It is always a good idea to check with your provider prior to starting counselling on whether  your insurance plan includes psychologist fees as well as how much coverage you may have.  

Confidentiality 

Everything that you and your psychologist discuss remains confidential.  Your psychologist will not share any personal information without your prior written consent. However, the law and the College of Alberta Psychologists Ethics require psychologists to break confidentiality for the following situations:

  • Suspected abuse or neglect of children and elders to the relevant authorities (family services and law enforcement), based on information provided by the client.

  •  If the psychologist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or another person. the relevant persons and authorities will be notified.

  • When the court issues a subpeona regarding information that has been shared in therapy.

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