I write letters to doctors to update them on client's statuses.
I present at conferences discussing research I have taken on.
I also refer clients to other Greater Toronto area resources when then need specialized care that falls outside of the area of psychotherapy and the work done with psychotherapists.
However, my favourite work has to do with advocacy.
Some of my clients come into my office, and they are in a very fragile state. They have difficulty communicating what is going on with their doctors, family members, and loved ones. How can some expect clients who are in a difficult space to fight for what they need--like insurance coverage, psychotherapy/counselling, psychiatrist appointments, and having an insurance company understand where they are coming from?
I believe one of my key roles is to help people when they are in their most vulnerable.
I will make the difficult calls for you.
I will demand quicker appointments when you are told there are "longer wait times".
I will call in emergency supports when we need them.
I will stress the importance of what is going on with you to others who do not understand.
I think this type of role is a pivotal one, and one I'm honoured to do with you.
Therapy isn't just "talking it out". It's about you. It has to do with what will help to get into a better mindspace, and a better life path.