Montreal Network Psychologists therapists offer psychotherapy services in Montreal. Whether you are looking for a psychologist for individual consultations or are looking for a couple psychologist, Montreal Psychologists' Network can help you.
The couple psychotherapy service we offer is for couples who are experiencing marital difficulties and need help managing them.
The four mandates that we work in couple therapy are:
There is currently some confusion about the different forms of "psychological help" that are currently offered for someone dealing with psychological distress. Different ways of understanding and working through difficulties are offered and it is sometimes difficult to make an informed choice. Psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, pharmacotherapy, coaching ... for most people, this technical jargon may seem rather obscure.
We propose here a definition of psychotherapy, followed by an exploration of the other forms of help that a person can seek when suffering.
Psychotherapy is a work on oneself. Whether it's individual psychotherapy, couple psychotherapy or even group psychotherapy, one engages in a process to revisit one's ways of doing things, thinking and protecting oneself. The client in psychotherapy is called to look at him- or herself a little more, to know him or herself better, to better understand him- or herself and to be freer in one's interactions with others and with oneself.
TheOrdre des psychologues du Québec emphasizes, on its Website, the notion of change, in psychotherapy. Indeed, psychotherapy differs from the help that a peer could provide in that a significant change will be brought about through the therapeutic relationship.
Whether it's a direct invitation to change one's behavior or through the mere fact of feeling deeply understood, the client changes. And these changes are significant: the client no longer acts, no longer thinks and no longer feels the same way, as psychotherapy progresses. (See the French blog article "Change in Psychotherapy" for more details).
Today, we find a type of help called "personal coaching" (or life coaching) which "consists of accompanying a person in the definition and the realization of his / her objectives of life "(International Coach Federation, 2017). The life coach allows the client to build on his / her strength to achieve the goals he / she sets. However, the life coach does not have the necessary knowledge and skills to foster and accompany changes in thoughts, emotions, relationship patterns and personality level; these changes are in the realm of psychotherapy.
It is important to specify here: psychoanalysis is a form of psychotherapy. Psychoanalysis meets all the criteria that define psychotherapy (ie, a treatment that brings about significant changes in the cognitive, emotional, behavioral and interpersonal functioning of the client). However, there is a very wide variety of psychotherapies that do not reproduce the psychoanalytic model. This psychoanalytic model itself presents various variants, but focuses on principles developed by Sigmund Freud at the turn of the 20th century (eg, the client is lying on a couch and does not face the analyst; focus on past and unsolved psychic conflicts of the client, with several meetings per week). This form of psychotherapy, while invaluable, is not the only form of psychotherapy and, according to several authors and researchers, is not suitable for all people seeking psychological help. In general, the other forms of psychotherapy offer weekly meetings, where the client faces the psychotherapist and where the topics of the exchanges are more varied. According to the theoretical orientation of the psychotherapist an accent will be put on the thoughts, on the emotions, on interpersonal relationships or on concrete solutions, etc.
Applied to the field of psychological suffering, pharmacotherapy consists of offering relief of psychological symptoms with the help of pharmaceuticals. Antipsychotics, antidepressants, anxiolytics, stimulants of the central nervous system: there is currently a wide range of products developed by pharmaceutical companies that alleviate or sometimes cancel the effects of psychological symptoms caused by diseases. Psychopharmacotherapy sometimes offers respite to people who are suffering. But it differs from psychotherapy in that it does not bring any significant change in the person: once the molecule (ie the active agent in the medication taken) removed, the person thinks, feels and acts in the same way as before the start of pharmacotherapy. It should be noted, however, that pharmacology is sometimes used to support psychotherapy and sometimes allows the client to be more available for work on oneself.
In short, psychotherapy is a form of help that respects certain rules dictated by science, by ethics and by the art of meeting a human being who is going through a period of suffering or a trial and who wishes to work through it.
It is similar to different forms of help available in some regards, but it differs in others. Psychotherapy can be relevant to many people who want to get to know themselves better, to understand themselves better, to take a new look at themselves and to feel better about themselves and with others.