Judith Cox Counseling

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What is Psychotherapy?

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a social worker, physician, nurse, psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health providers. At the bottom of this page, you will find links to resources that provide more information about Psychotherapy.

What do Psychotherapists do?

During psychotherapy, you learn about your condition and your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviours. Psychotherapy helps you learn how to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills.

Are you a Psychotherapist?

No, I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Work and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Due to recent changes in Ontario legislation Social Workers, along with Doctors, Nurses, Psychologists, Psychological Associates, Occupational Therapists, are no longer able to refer to themselves as Psychotherapists. The result is that regulated health professionals, with many years experience, can no longer use this title although a newly qualified member of the Ontario College of Registered Psychotherapists can use the title. An odd situation that may get rectified in time.

If you’re not a Psychotherapist can you provide psychotherapy?

Social Workers are allowed to provide Psychotherapy. However, it is important to remember that psychotherapy is only one potential form of therapy. As a Social Worker I have received training in and regularly use a wide range of therapies. This includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy. 

Will Psychotherapy help me?

Psychotherapy, in all its many forms, can help many people. The fact is that it does not help or work for everyone. Other therapies, alone or in combination with psychotherapy, may offer the best solution. As a Registered Social Worker, I work with you to identify issues, create a plan and aim to use the most appropriate treatment for you and your needs.

Useful Resources.

Guide to Psychotherapy from the Mayo Clinic.

Understanding psychotherapy and how it works. Provided by the Ameican Psychological Association (APA). In Ontario, even Psychologists are no longer allowed to call themselves Psychotherapists (this may change)

Main office: 208 Old Orchard Road, RR#1, Bath, Ontario. Tel: 613 352 5487. Therapy is also available at 203-120 Clarence Street, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 1X4.

As an alternative to travelling into Kingston or Belleville my Bath (Sandhurst Shores) office provides easy access for people seeking individual or couples counselling and who live in Greater Napanee, Picton, Amherstview, Lennox & Addington or Prince Edward County.


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