Dr. Rosalind Ali Callard

Helping People Develop Self Awareness, Emotional Perspective And Inner Strength

London, Cell: 519-432-1883

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Dr. Rosalind Ali Callard
Dr. Rosalind Ali Callard


About psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is basically a series of meetings between two people, where one person (the client) uses the safety of the confidential relationship to explore him- or herself, to look at behaviours, thinking patterns, relationships, and lifestyles.  The client is encouraged and challenged to change assumptions about the world and him- or herself, and to learn and practice new choices in behaviour and attitudes.   The goal is usually to improve some aspect of their lives, for example, shifting from more negative to more positive thinking, creating better relationships, or expressing emotions more or more appropriately.

A large portion of the session involves clients talking about themselves, their lives, and their thoughts and feelings.  Mostly the sessions are about talking through things, but the aim is for clients to deepen their experience of themselves in the moment.  Within the limits of clients' comfort levels, they may be encouraged to practice relaxation, breathing and meditation techniques, rehearsal (role-playing) exercises, movement and re-enactment scenarios. 

My philosophy of therapy is client-centred.  I may help establish goals, point out behaviour patterns, or suggest possible courses of action, but the client always chooses which suggestions to implement and is responsible for the rate of progress in therapy.  For example, a client may set out the topics for the meeting at the beginning of each session.

Self-exploration can be uncomfortable at times.  It can raise feelings, thoughts and memories which are troubling.  People often find, by consistently attending therapy and staying with the process of working through feelings and changing behaviours, they get an overall improvement in outlook and self-acceptance.  This is not guaranteed, however.  Life events and circumstances may interfere in the effectiveness of therapy and may impair the client's own motivation or ability to continue.

At times, a client and I reach an impasse and the client does not seem to be improving or continuing to progress in the behaviour changes. At these times, the best healing may be found when the client discontinues the work for a period, and lets the psyche rest and integrate. To facilitate trust, however, the client is responsible to attend all scheduled sessions unless giving notice of non-attendance in advance (before 24 hours).

That being said, I am accountable to the College of Psychologists of Ontario for the conduct of my practice.  If you have concerns about my work, and cannot resolve them with me, you can contact the College at 1-800-489-8388 (or www.cpo.on.ca).

About privacy
Matters discussed with me are usually treated as confidential and are not disclosed to anyone else.  As a matter of course, I do not acknowledge who is consulting me or has consulted me without explicit permission from them.  BUT, there are circumstances where confidentiality cannot be maintained.  Information may be disclosed with or without a client's consent if:

  1. there is reason to believe there is a serious or immediate threat to the client's safety or the safety of others;
  2. a child or vulnerable person is being abused; or
  3. my records are subpoenaed.

What type of therapy is the best?

What follows is a quote from Dr Scott D. Miller, a psychologist who studies the effectiveness of therapy:

"Bottom line: psychological approaches for alleviating human suffering are remarkably effective - on par or better than most medical treatments. That said, NONE work like a medicine.

You have a bacterial infection, antibiotics are the solution. A virus? Well, you are just going to have to tough it out. Take an aspirin and get some rest–and no, the brand you choose doesn’t really matter. Ask a friend or relative, and they likely have a favorite. The truth is, however, it doesn’t matter which one you take: Bayer, Econtin, Bufferin, Alka-Selzter, Anacin, a hundred other names, they’re all the same!

Four decades of research shows psychotherapy works much more like aspirin than an antibiotic. Despite claims, its effects are not targeted nor specific to particular diagnoses. Ask a friend, relative, your therapist or workshop presenter, and they all have their favorite: CBT, IPT, DBT, PD, TFT, CRT, EMDR, four-hundred additional names. And yet, meta-analytic studies of head-to-head comparisons find no meaningful difference in outcome between approaches.

The evidence makes clear that, when it comes to psychotherapy, any “list” of socially sanctioned approaches is not only unscientific, but seriously misleading."