The process

How long does it take?

Therapy can be just a few sessions and sometimes even one session may be enough. It may continue over several weeks or months. This depends on your individual situation. Your chosen therapist should discuss this with you before and during your course of therapy.


How long is a session?

Sessions will usually last fifty minutes to one hour. This can be adapted to your needs and should be discussed with your chosen service provider.


How often will I see my therapist?

Many people see their therapist once a week, but the frequency can vary according to your need and the type of therapy being offered.

Before you begin sessions, make sure to ask your therapist about the process, so that you know what the plan is from the start.


I have a disability. Will that make a difference?

Disability should not make a difference, although adjustments can be made, such as when a blind client may need documents in Braille or a client with a traumatic brain injury may require additional supports or electronic speaking technology.  If you are affected by an injury, condition, or disability that affects mobility, it is always a good idea to check ahead for accessibility. A number of therapists work with issues of disability and offer details of facilities to make your counselling or psychotherapy experience as convenient as possible.


I do not speak English or French. Will that make a difference?

Many therapists indicate the variety of languages they speak on their websites, advertising, and business cards. Sometimes interpreters accompany clients who have language support needs, particularly when clients are not oral or do not know a language in which the therapist is conversant.  If you plan on attending sessions with an interpreter, it is always a good idea to inform your therapist in advance. In this way, the experience can be as welcoming as possible.