In COUPLES COUNSELING, the clinician listens to each member of the couple discuss their problem areas and observes how they interact with each other.
Problematic behaviours, patterns and interaction styles can be identified and addressed.
Also, issues related to trust and intimacy can be explored in order to help rebuild and strengthen their relationships.
IN INDIVIDUAL THERAPY, you are given an opportunity to explore areas of difficulty or problems in your life. In your initial session, you are invited to provide information about your background and discuss your issues and difficulties. The clinician then works collaboratively with you to help you identify what you would like to work on. The identified issues and areas are explored via proven forms of therapy to help you to work through your issues and feel that you are able to learn strategies cope more effectively.
ANXIETY can show up in many forms - nervousness, worry, panic,fears and avoidance, repetitive behaviours, and reactions to traumatic experiences.
A psychologist can work with someone to help with their anxiety problems (whether it is to gain a sense of mastery over feelings of panic, to learn to manage nightmares and flashbacks, learn to worry and ruminate less, and change repetitive or compulsive behaviours).
A variety of therapeutic techniques may be utilized by a psychologist from relaxation training, mindfulness/calming techniques, to behavioural strategies and other problem solving approaches.
Working with people who have been injured in some way (e.g., at work, in an automobile accident, in military service) to help cope, adjust and more forward in their lives. This could involve coping with a chronic pain condition, an acquired brain injury (ABI), fears associated with the accident, and dealing with associated trauma reactions. This work usually involves an assessment to best understand a persons problems and then treatment to effectively address them. Usually this work is done individually, but we also will work with couples and families when it would help.
INDIVIDUAL THERAPY FOR ADOLESCENTS
After meeting with the parents and the child, a decision may be made to work with the child individually. For younger children, this is often in the form of play therapy (as they are more comfortable expressing themselves while engaged in play). We have a fully equipped play therapy room.
Adolescents are often seen in individual therapy to discuss problem areas in their lives. Issues are identified either with the adolescent alone or in consultation with their parents. Then, if individual therapy is considered appropriate, they will meet with a psychologist to discuss their problems and explore ways to cope.
DEPRESSION is more than just feeling the blues. It can often interfere with someone's life satisfaction, ability to work and functioning in relationships. Research has shown very clearly that our thoughts can affect our feelings.
Psychologists can assess and show clients strategies to deal with depression. We can help to determine where the depressive problems may be coming from and examine how someone's ways of thinking might influence their experience of depression. Together, we can look at ways to alter the experience of depression.
Psychological assessments provide an understanding of a person's personality and emotional well-being. A psychological assessment can help with clarifying a diagnosis.
Psycho-educational assessments offer information about a person's intelligence, school skills, and learning style. They help in determining if someone has a learning disability. They also help with Identification, Placement and Review Committees (IPRC).
Rehabilitation assessments provide a full picture of a person's emotional state. They also help to understand a person's ability to cope with ongoing pain and physical impairments. These assessments are often required after a motor vehicle accident, workplace accident, or other events resulting in a serious injury.
Insurer examinations provide answers to an insurer's questions about a person's psychological functioning. Information is gathered about a person's personality, emotional distress, pain, and/or overall functioning. They help to determine matters such as a person's need for psychological treatment or a person's capacity to return to work.
FAMILY THERAPY may be identified as the best approach to work on issues that are showing up in one or more members of the family. This enables everyone to participate and be heard. The goal is to resolve conflict and improve relationships, and in turn improve the overall functioning of the family. Family therapy allows the psychologist to see how the family interacts and functions together. Areas of concern for the whole family can be identified and problematic behaviours addressed. It can help family members learn how to get through stressful times.
TRAUMA TREATMENT - A traumatic event or situation can create a psychological trauma when it overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope. That person may feel emotionally, cognitively, and/or physically overwhelmed. The circumstances of a traumatic event commonly include abuse of power, betrayal of trust, entrapment, helplessness, pain, confusion, and/or loss. Trauma can include responses to powerful one-time incidents like accidents, natural disasters, crimes, surgeries, deaths, and other violent events but it can also include responses to chronic or repetitive experiences such as child abuse, neglect, combat or urban violence. It is up to each individual to determine whether a particular event is traumatic. Sometimes it requires an assessment of one's upbringing and lifetime experiences to determine if complex developmental trauma exists or something like Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. At the Cambridge Psychology Centre, trauma treatment includes completing a proper history and a conversation to learn what are the current complaints. Most treatment will initially focus on affect identification and affect regulation and incorporate somatic therapy (relationship between the mind and the body) and if indicated, exposure work. In addition to individual counseling, the clinic aspires to become a place where clients can connect with others while engaged in group activities such as yoga and creative, physical activities.
Cog Med Working Memory Training is an evidence-based computer program for helping children, adolescents, and adults sustainably improve attention by training their working memory.
Working memory involves keeping information in your mind for a short time, focusing on a task and remembering what to do next. We use working memory almost constantly in daily life. Working memory is a pathway to several other mental skills, such as memory, concentration, and reasoning.
The complete Cog Med program includes:
Five weeks of computer training with weekly coach calls
Six month follow-up interview
Cog Med training involves 25 sessions of 30-45 minutes each, done over 5 weeks. You complete it at home, according to your own schedule.
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