What is Psychotherapy? 

The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) regulates its registrants in the public interest. CRPO is established under the Psychotherapy Act, 2007 and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. The following overview comes directly from their website

Psychotherapy is primarily a talk-based therapy and is intended to help people improve and maintain their mental health and well-being. Registered Psychotherapists work with individuals, couples and families in individual and group settings. Psychotherapy occurs when the Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and client enter into a psychotherapeutic relationship where both work together to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. Individuals usually seek psychotherapy when they have thoughts, feelings, moods and behaviours that are adversely affecting their day-to-day lives, relationships and the ability to enjoy life.

As health care professionals, psychotherapists work in a wide range of settings. Settings include: private practice, hospitals, clinics, care facilities, rehabilitation centres/programs, employee assistance programs, universities, and more.

A psychotherapy client should be able to observe the following key elements over the course of their work with an RP:

  • a conversation about the benefits, risks and expected outcome(s) of the psychotherapy and the opportunity to give their informed consent
  • a clearly communicated, mutually agreed upon goal or plan for the psychotherapy
  • each therapy session has a clear beginning and a clear end where problems or concerns are presented and discussed and outcomes are explored
  • the Registered Psychotherapist demonstrates the appropriate use of boundaries to create a safe and confidential environment

“Psychotherapy assists people just like you to find greater emotional health by talking about concerns and reframing them to overcome personal challenging thought patterns and behaviours.”

Meet Our Practitioner

Willow Hutchinson graduated from St. Paul University in 2020 with a Master’s degree in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality. She works with adults (16+) to address a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, burnout, boundaries, codependency, trauma, domestic abuse, grief, imposter syndrome, self-esteem, suicidality, spiritual/religious concerns, gender identity/ sexuality questions, multicultural issues, obsessive compulsive tendencies, and COVID-related concerns including job loss, lack of motivation, and depression.

Willow’s quiet-natured and nonjudgemental approach makes it easy for her to build a therapeutic relationship with her clients. Her approach to therapy is person-centred, meaning she adjusts her methods and treatments to best suit you, your needs, and expectations. She also likes to work from a ‘narrative perspective,’ which stresses that we are the authors of our own life stories and thus have the power to change them.

Willow has additional training and experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.

Willow looks forward to helping you on your journey to become healthy in mind and spirit.