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How Brief Psychotherapy Works

Brief psychotherapy is a specific type of therapy. It is focused and time-limited. It deals with particular problems or issues that you decide you want to work on. To accomplish this, you will need to be able to set aside time each week to devote to therapy, for 4 to 5 months duration.

To begin, you will work collaboratively with your therapist to set goals that you both will work toward and evaluate over the course of the therapy. You and your therapist will look for patterns developed earlier in life to see how they may be affecting your current relationships, ways of coping with problems, sense of self and self-esteem. In therapy, you will also work toward making changes and identifying existing strengths.

Your therapist will work with you to better understand how social, economic, racial, cultural, political and other factors affect your life as a woman. Together you will pay special attention to the pressures you face in different aspects of your life - as a partner, worker, mother, daughter and friend. How these roles affect your well-being and physical health will also be examined.

The goal of brief psychotherapy is to support women in understanding and resolving their own problems. Psychotherapy takes work, so you should be ready to make the necessary commitment of effort and time when you come. Also, therapy can raise intense feelings so it is helpful to have friends or family who can provide emotional support during this time.

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Location & Contact Information

WCH on the move

! Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women Has A New Home
As of Monday, July 27th, 2015, the Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women is located at Women's College Hospital, 76 Grenville Street 7th floor.

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Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women
76 Grenville Street
7th floor
Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

Phone: 416-323-6011 NEW #

Fax: 416-323-6356 NEW #

Hours of Service
A voicemail message about the program is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Sessions are booked by appointment. A limited number of appointments are available after regular business hours.

Accessibility
The hospital is fully accessible. All clinics have wheelchair accessible washrooms.

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