Social work is a profession oriented towards helping individuals, families, groups and communities to assist them in improving their well-being. A social worker is committed to helping individuals develop their skills and ability to use their own resources and those of the community to solve their problems. Social work focuses on individual and personal problems, but also on broader social issues such as poverty, unemployment and domestic violence.

Human rights and social justice are the foundations of social work. The uniqueness of this profession lies in the combination of certain values, knowledge and skills, including the establishment of a trust relationship as the basis for all interventions and respect for the choices and decisions of clients.

Social workers practicing in private practice are paid on a fee for service basis to individuals, families and organizations. These services may include counseling, psychotherapy, mediation, international adoption assessment, policy and program development, organizational development and employee assistance programs.

Source: Canadian Association of Social Workers

Psychotherapy is a psychological treatment for a mental disorder, for behavioral disturbances or for any other problem causing psychological suffering or distress. Psychotherapy is designed to promote significant cognitive, emotional or behavioral changes in the client's interpersonal system, personality or state of health. This treatment goes beyond helping to cope with common difficulties or providing advice or support.

There are other interventions that may approach  but are not psychotherapy: counseling, supportive intervention, marital and family intervention, psychological education, rehabilitation, clinical follow-up, coaching and crisis intervention.

Source: Ordre des Psychologues du Québec

Everyone experiences some day anxiety. Feeling a little anxiety is quite normal. Anxiety protects us and can help us deal with a disturbing or perhaps dangerous situation. Anxiety is felt as a fear whose cause is difficult to define. This feeling is accompanied by physical symptoms and sometimes also by psychological symptoms.

It is natural to feel some level of anxiety in certain occasions, for example when you are living an important life change such as a marriage or divorce. It is also normal to be anxious the day before an exam, when you are being interviewed for a job or at a sporting event. Anxiety is then linked to particular events and usually disappears as soon as life resumes its normal course.

Anxiety however becomes a problem when:

 it does not disappear when the worrying situation returns to normal;

 it is not connected with any event of life, that is to say, it appears without reason; 

it is so strong that it continually preoccupies the person;

it prevents the person from functioning and acting normally at work, in society or in other areas of daily life.

Here are the most frequent physical symptoms:


sleeping troubles;




heart palpitations (heart beating abnormally fast);

sensation of choking;

excessive sweating;

hot flushes or, on the contrary, chills;

high blood pressure;

tremors sometimes generalized to the whole body;

tightness and chest pains;

numbness or tingling.

The most frequent psychological symptoms are:

difficulty concentrating;

a feeling of anxiety

When should you  consult?

Do not wait until you are no longer able to do your usual activities. If you have symptoms, you can consult some organizations and associations working in the field of anxiety disorders. They offer information, help and support.

However, see your family doctor or a mental health professional if you are experiencing the following:

. You suffer to the point where your emotions are preventing you from functioning normally.

. You have difficulty assuming your social, professional or family responsibilities.

A health professional will determine whether you are suffering from anxiety or an anxiety disorder or any other health problem with similar symptoms. In order to evaluate you, he will need to assess your physical or psychological condition. A treatment plan adapted to your needs will then be offered to you.

Source: Government of Québec, 2015

Psychotherapy  and consultations are offered at an hourly rate of $ 100 / hr, payable in cash, by check or by E-Transfer after each session. As for the IVAC and SAAQ dossiers (for which the gouvernement pays for the psychotherapy) an amount of $15/hr is required from those clients..

I issue receipts from the OTSTCFQ (Order of Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists of Quebec), as a Social Worker and Psychotherapist.

N.B. It is always best to check before hand with your insurance company if either of these profession is eligible for a refund.