What are the benefits of psychotherapy? Are there any risks?

There are a number of benefits that can result from psychotherapy.


Some of the most common benefits include:

  • an increase in self-esteem and self-awareness

  • a better understanding of one's emotions, and

  • an improvement in coping.

Therapy also provides a safe and secure place to talk about sensitive or personal matters, becoming better informed about treatment options and coping methods, and the opportunity to discover one's personal values and how to live life accordingly.


While therapy can reap many benefits, risks do also exist. Feelings of emotional discomfort, a worsening of symptoms (generally at the beginning of therapy), and lifestyle changes are examples. 

Do psychotherapists diagnose or prescribe medication?

No, psychotherapists do not prescribe medications. However, research has shown that the combination of therapy and medication is often the most beneficial. Although psychotherapists do not diagnose or prescribe medication, they still do work with individuals who have received diagnoses and/or who are taking prescription medication.

What can I expect from therapy and my first session?

The course of therapy differs for everyone. At Uniquely You, there is no set agenda for therapy. Instead, Rebecca will work with you to develop a plan that is suited towards your needs, goals, or desires. 

During your consultation or first session, you and Rebecca will talk about what brought you to therapy and what you may be hoping to achieve. Rebecca will also take some time in getting to know you and will ask questions about your present circumstances and previous experiences.

What do I need to know about doing "online" therapy?

Between the growth of technology and the COVID-19 pandemic, new opportunities as well as requirements for remote communications have arised. Prior to COVID-19, "e-therapy" was an option that well-suited for clients with limited mobility, who lived in remote areas, with transportation limits, and/or who simply desired the comfort and convenience of home. 


Whether psychotherapy services are being delivered/received traditionally or electronically, client privacy and confidentiality remains of utmost importance. As per the CRPO's standards for RPs, confidentiality must be maintained regardless of the medium that is utilized between client and practitioner.

There are inherent risks and benefits to psychotherapy regardless of the medium. This is a conversation that you will have with Rebecca Wabischewich prior to commencing treatment; and furthermore, will continue to have throughout the course of therapy.

If you or someone you know is in crisis or in immediate need of help,

call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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