Psychotherapy  & Naturopathic Services in Etobicoke

How to Start Therapy

We all know the feeling of putting something off ‘until we are ready’. Therapy can be daunting – you will be meeting someone for the first time, to start (or continue) a self-development process. But, it does not have to be so intimidating, and there is never a ‘right time’ to start.

Try and think of it as an adventure your therapist will join you on. Your therapist will sit with you to learn about your life story, and help you understand the meaning and weight of experiences you have had so far. A lot of the therapy relationship is about establishing goals, together, so that you can feel more confident in how you approach certain aspects of your life.


Here are a few commonly asked questions we hear, and some answers to provide you some more information:

Is there an initial consultation?

We always provide the option of a free 15-minute phone or video consultation. It is important that you have a connection with the therapist you choose. Although it can be hard to know from an initial meeting, you will be able to feel a certain level of comfort with that person.

We encourage you to book that first, with one or more therapists, to ensure you find someone you feel comfortable with. In the consultation, we will provide answers to any questions you may have and listen to information you would like to share. Some things we might cover include: what you would like to work on, fees and payment methods, the therapist’s training and background, treatment approach, and finally, if you’d like to move forward, scheduling a first appointment. In speaking with you, we hope you feel more comfortable speaking to someone with whom you may potentially invest time and effort.


What should you expect during the first appointment?

During your first appointment, it is important that we further explore the ‘why’ for therapy at this time. We will also complete a thorough intake, which involves your therapist asking questions to understand where you came from, your personal life history, and any other details you feel comfortable sharing about your upbringing. This helps us understand who you are as a person, which will tie into developing a plan tailored to you and your needs. By the end of the first appointment, we will identify and agree on realistic, clear goals that we can achieve together.


What should you expect in sessions after the first appointment?

Each session will involve reflection and insight into what you are experiencing, and a plan to help you create changes. Sessions will also include learning clear strategies and tools to work on that can be adapted outside of our appointments. We work together to create shifts and progress in between appointments. Your therapist also wants to know:what has and has not been helpful, and what is or is not working. This process is about you and what you take away from when we meet.

If you want to learn more about Etobicoke psychotherapy at Balanced Mind and Wellness, we have more FAQ’s here, or you may contact us directly.

How do I start?

You can easily book online, fill out our contact page, email us at, or call us at 416-232-2780. Our admin team is happy to speak to you. We are here to help and answer any questions you may have!