Services

Treatment /Therapy

There are many different reasons that people go to therapy. Sometimes there is a clear event or problem that someone is struggling to navigate or accept; and other times people are simply looking to better understand themselves or improve themselves in some way, without necessarily a discernable problem to address. Regardless of the motivation, we are experienced in addressing a wide range of issues with children, teens, and adults.

The first few sessions of therapy involve information gathering and obtaining an understanding of why you are seeking services, as well as relevant background information, which can be considered a ‘mini-assessment’ and informs the development of your treatment plan. Additionally, ongoing assessment and evaluation is often imbedded in therapy- so as we continue working together, new information and discoveries come to the forefront and incorporated into the treatment.

Psychodiagnostic Assessments

Informal assessment is ongoing through the duration of treatment/therapy. We also provide a psychodiagnostic assessment service, which is typically appropriate for individuals who are wanting specific questions answered and may not be interested in pursuing therapy. This service is comprised of primarily clinical interviewing and questionnaires.

Common issues that we assess and treat:

Loss  | Life Changes | Mood & Anxiety | Trauma |Attention & Learning ChallengesTeens | Children

Loss

We all experience loss in some form or another throughout life. It could be the ending of a relationship, leaving a job, moving from a childhood home and familiar school, or the death of a loved one. Regardless of the nature of the loss, the experience of grief, sadness, and a time of transition or change is common; however, navigating the emotions and the life change that follow loss can be challenging for people of all ages, and not everyone responds the same.

Therapy related to loss and grief often involves processing and moving through the challenges and emotions that one may be facing. It may be a time of upheaval and it may feel overwhelming, but you do not have to face it alone. 

Life Changes

As we navigate our way through life, there will inevitably be times of unexpected (or expected) changes and transitions. Changes in career/occupation, relationships, family make-up and dynamics, or more broadly, experiences that elicit changes in our perspective can occur during midlife, which can be confusing, and prompt questions about what to do next.

Oftentimes when faced with these circumstances it can be helpful to talk through what you are experiencing. Having a safe, non-judgemental space to express yourself openly has the power to generate self-compassion, insight, understanding, acceptance, and solutions, if desired. 

Mood & Anxiety

Has your anxiety been consuming you and preventing you from doing things in your life?

Have you been feeling depressed or sad more days than not in the past two weeks?

Have you been feeling hopeless or stuck in your thoughts?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, please reach out.

It is normal to experience a wide range of emotions, including uncomfortable emotions, such as sadness, anger, or anxiety. However, it can be problematic when we have a hard time regulating or lessening the intensity of an emotion, or when it gets in the way of our day-to-day functioning.

Therapy that addresses these issues often focuses on ways to reduce the intensity of your anxiety, sadness, anger, or other emotions, and to also shift unhelpful thinking patterns that may be contributing to how you feel. Furthermore, exploring the origin of unhelpful thinking patterns can generate understanding and insight, as well as resolution.

Traumatic Experiences

We will all experience stressful events in our lifetimes. Oftentimes these experiences will cause heightened emotions, but as time goes on the intensity of the emotions naturally and gradually reduces. However, longer term emotional reactions can occur in response to experiencing or witnessing a highly stressful event (or series of events) that is a perceived or actual threat to physical or psychological wellbeing. Such reactions include flashbacks of the event, heightened and unpredictable emotions, difficulties focusing and concentrating, and sometimes physical symptoms can occur. Traumatic experiences can also cause problematic shifts in our belief systems, which can result in emotional difficulties in both the short and long-term when unaddressed. 

Through processing the traumatic experience(s) in therapy, intense emotions will lessen, day-to-day functioning will improve, and an acceptance of the experiences will evolve. Although we cannot change an experience once it has occurred, it is possible to regain control and move forward in your life after trauma.

Attention & Learning Challenges

Our attention and learning can be adversely impacted by many things. For example, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, physical health, traumatic or stressful events, and emotional state can cause impairments to attention/concentration and learning. In the mentioned examples, it is reasonable to conclude that attention and learning abilities would be restored once the precipitating issue has been addressed. However, if you have experienced long-standing difficulties related to attention/focus or being easily distracted, or you have had challenges with learning (in general or learning a specific subject) without any known cause or precipitating factor, there may be an underlying condition, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or a learning disorder. If this sounds like you or your child, please reach out and we can discuss how we can help.

Teen Issues

Have you been feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or depressed?

Do you feel disconnected from others?

Are you trying to figure out who you are and how you fit in?

Being a teenager can be really challenging, especially in this day with so much unpredictability in the world and an increased prevalence of mental health difficulties. Body image issues, questioning sexual orientation, identity questions, disconnectedness, increased anxiety and low mood, isolation, as well as challenges with relationship dynamics are not uncommon experiences for teens. Furthermore, a significant rise in thoughts of suicide and self-harm behavior among teens over the past few decades suggests that our teens are increasingly struggling with their mental health.

Youth is a critical period for intervention, as most people living with mental illness see their symptoms begin before the age of 18. Therapy can help you identify answers to your questions, process your experiences, thoughts, and emotions, and learn new skills to tackle your problems head-on.

Children

Like teens and adults, children can experience problems too. Emotional outbursts, temper tantrums, sudden behavioral changes, aggressive behaviors, challenges adjusting to changes (e.g., a new sibling, moving, parental divorce), anxiety, learning and/or attention challenges, or sleep issues are just some of the problems that children can face. Navigating any of these issues can be difficult for everyone involved, and as a concerned guardian, it can be hard to know what to do.

Oftentimes therapy with children has two parts: individual therapy with the child, as well as working with their parent(s)/guardian(s). Developmentally, children sometimes do not have a good understanding of the function of their emotions and behaviors, and they still may be learning how to regulate themselves. As such, working with parent(s)/guardian(s) to gain information, identify strategies to employ, and/or determine factors in the child’s environment that may require adjustment are all necessary aspects in addressing problems that the child is facing.

Fees

The cost for services are $225.00 per 50-minute session. Payment may be made by cash, cheque, or Interac e-Transfer. Psychological services are not covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP); however, most extended health care plans (i.e., workplace and student benefits) provide either partial or full coverage for psychological services.