People come to therapy to understand, to be understood, and to make changes. The change could be an increase in their self-confidence, the joy, or the understanding of their lives. It could be to have a better relationship with themselves and others. It could also be to lead a healthier, fulfilling life.
People who recognize the discrepancy of where they are with where they want to be, describe the state as being trapped, lack of control, disconnected. Feelings of shame, guilt, fear, sadness, helpless, and anger are quite common. It is the responsibility of a therapist to provide a safe and confidential therapeutic environment for people to find a way out of this predicament.
Your therapy begins with an assessment interview, during which Dr. Lam will gather information such as past history, family background in order to understand your concerns and counselling goals. The assessment interview may take 60-90 minutes.
A typical therapy session lasts 55 minutes. Most clients prefer to meet weekly so that they have adequate time to process their counselling experience between sessions. However, the frequency and length of your therapy varies depending on your concerns, your goals, and the situation. Dr. Lam will work with you to set a structure that meets your needs. Many people find some immediate relief within the first few sessions of therapy. It is your right to end your treatment when you choose. However, it is important to discuss your intention with Dr. Lam; whether it is because you feel your issues have been resolved or you are frustrated with the progress of therapy. Dr. Lam is open to discuss your frustration with you. Often, major therapeutic progress is made after the discussion takes place. An informed referral to another professional could also be the result of the discussion.
For those who seek substantial symptoms reduction or behavioural changes, several months of therapy can offer satisfying results. If your issues have been affecting you for a long time or you prefer making a significant personality change, more time is required.Click to edit FAQ text. Here is your opportunity to tell customers what they need to know about your products and services, and how your company operates. Do you ship products? Is there parking available for visitors? Do you do any custom orders? The more information you give customers up front, the more prepared they are to make a purchase when they come in or call.
The fee is set at a rate similar to BC registered psychologist. A reduced fee is offered for people with financial difficulties. Please discuss it with Dr. Lam.
The fee may be reimbursed by your extended health plan, employee assistance program, or ICBC, and is tax deductible.
When you make an appointment with Dr. Lam, you are reserving that time for yourself. A 24-hour notice of cancellation or change of appointment is required or you will be responsible for paying the appointment. Payment will be due at the end of a session.Click to edit FAQ text. Here is your opportunity to tell customers what they need to know about your products and services, and how your company operates. Do you ship products? Is there parking available for visitors? Do you do any custom orders? The more information you give customers up front, the more prepared they are to make a purchase when they come in or call.
In most cases, all information is kept confidential and will not be disclosed without the written consent of the client.
The few exceptions are when the information is required for third party payment, is subpoenaed, or is needed to protect an individual (e.g., suicide, assault, abuse or neglect).
When there is sufficient reason to believe that an individual (including the client) is in need of protection, a psychologist has the legal and ethical obligation to take action to protect the individual, which could include informing the appropriate authorities and the friends and family members of the individual.