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What is a Psychologist?

"Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience — from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged. In every conceivable setting from scientific research centers to mental healthcare services, "the understanding of behavior" is the enterprise of psychologists."- American Psychological Association 2016
"A psychologist studies how we think, feel and behave from a scientific viewpoint and applies this knowledge to help people understand, explain and change their behaviour."- Canadian Psychological Association 2016

Psychologists offer a compassionate, safe, professional, and non-judgemental space to assess, advise, and improve the client’s overall functioning and quality of life.

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What Is Counselling? 

Counselling addresses distress an individual or couple is currently facing that may be the result of past, current, and future events. Counselling allows an individual/couple to process traumatic events, feelings, memories, and experiences while healing the body, mind, and the relationship with self and others. A variety of modalities are integrated in counselling based on each individual client’s needs including:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  •  Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Art interventions
  • Body focused interventions that address physical symptoms related to the trauma

Each of these interventions will increase a client’s ability to regulate their emotions, cope with presenting issue, increase awareness of self, and improve the overall quality of life.

Who can Benefit?

Children, youth, teens, adults, and seniors who may be experiencing:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Grief and loss including miscarriages and infant loss
  • End of life
  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Poor self esteem
  • Infertility issues
  • Communication

Couples can benefit from counselling if they are experiencing:

  • Poor communication
  • Infidelity
  • Infertility issues
  • Grief and loss/end of life
  • Distress
  • Issues related to parenting
  • Poor boundaries

What to Expect From your First Session:

The first session is focused on the client feeling comfortable with their counsellor and becoming aware of their rights as a client. At this time the client will discuss their needs for counselling and the counsellor will assess physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, and intellectual symptoms. An assessment of the client’s history and family of origin may also be completed and a treatment plan will be developed mutually. Some clients choose to attend counselling weekly while others choose to attend bi-weekly or monthly. Each treatment plan is individualized for each client based on their needs and ability to attend counselling.