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Personal Counselling & Psychotherapy

Personal Counselling is a very ambiguous topic. Below are a few of the most common categories. Read more to find out how we can help you write a better story.

Treatment Specialties

Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal. It is neither harmful nor dangerous and can actually help us when we prepare for a challenge. When these feelings are irrational or excessive and get in the way of our lives we need to find ways that are helpful to change how we think about these events. It is important to seek professional treatment as soon as possible. There is a good success rate with anxiety disorders in treatment.

Depression

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the most successful forms of counselling and has good results with depressed people. CBT emphasizes the client’s examination of their thoughts and beliefs which are connected to moods, behaviours and physical experiences. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a guiding methodology in our personal counselling, has been proven to be as effective as medications. In some cases it is recommended as a first-line treatment.

ADHD

Did you know ADHD is a chronic condition that requires a collaborative team approach with clinicians, parents, children and school staff in order to manage care effectively? Often either stimulant medication and or behaviour therapy is recommended in treatment. Periodic systematic follow up is necessary to review whether treatments are on target or if modifications are necessary.

Anger Management

We all tend to get angry from time to time. We typically respond to anger either aggressively(overt and intended to cause harm to self, others or to property); passively (deny or internalize anger); or passive aggressively (indirect ways of punishing their offender) through ways like procrastination, spreading rumours or through sarcasm. Don’t let anger fester to the point that it destroys relationships, compromises the work you do, ruin your self esteem or negatively affect your health. Let us work with you to help deal with issues effectively.

Grief

Everyone experiences grief in their own unique way. Sometimes, the loss of a loved one occurs unexpectedly and suddenly; sometimes we have endured through a prolonged terminal illness with a family member. Coping, getting the right support and knowing ways to take care of oneself are all ways one can ease the feelings of loss.

Change

Are you stuck in a situation that isn’t satisfying and rewarding? Do you need to change? There are a number of tips and strategies that can help you make a change: Slow Down, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Be Assertive, Negotiate a change with your current boss, Avoid Procrastination & Communicate.

Family Relationship Issues

Ideally, children grow up in family environments in which they feel supported and valued. The dynamic in some families may severely limit a child’s expressions of feelings and needs. We can help families get back on track with some simple but effective solutions.

Parent Skills Training

Dr. Stuart Ablon, author of The Explosive Child provides us with a novel approach to reach and teach challenging kids. His philosophy stresses that “kids can do well if they can” and proposes a method that helps kids identify and correct their potential skill deficits. These can include poor skills in executive functioning i.e. impulsiveness; emotions or social skills or starting or maintaining conversations. He then teaches a collaborative problem solving method that has been empirically tested and proven valid as an effective intervention method. Change Works uses these plans extensively as a way to promote healthy self concept in kids and help parents improve upon the skills they already have.

School Success

We have a great deal of experience managing children’s Individual Education Plans in both elementary and secondary school settings. Our focus is to help you address school related issues that may be impeding progress and we will work with parents and students to produce outcomes based on your goals. We will tap into what motivates your child and provide a plan that is tailored and appropriate.

Self Harm

Methods of self harm include: cutting, burning, scratching, punching, and overdosing (taking over the recommended dose) on medications. Young people may engage in self harm as a way to: reduce tension, relieve unpleasant feelings, punish oneself, cry for help, or to just “feel.” Most self harm occurs during adolescence a time often characterized by confusion, frustration and questions about personal identity. These acts are usually impulsive and youth cite problems with family members as a reason to self harm.

Stress Management

Researchers tell us that stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the ever increasing demands of life. We are born with our brains wired with a “fight-or-flight” response that is meant to return to a normal state after a danger passes. Unfortunately, the stress treadmill of modern life means that your alarm system rarely has any downtime. That’s why managing your stress is so important. Stress management gives you a range of tools designed to reprogram your fear and danger circuitry. Without stress management, your body is always on high alert. Over time, high levels of stress can deteriorate your health or your relationships. Learn how to start practicing a variety of stress management techniques with our personal counselling.

Self Harm

Methods of self harm include: cutting, burning, scratching, punching, and overdosing (taking over the recommended dose) on medications. Young people may engage in self harm as a way to: reduce tension, relieve unpleasant feelings, punish oneself, cry for help, or to just “feel.” Most self harm occurs during adolescence a time often characterized by confusion, frustration and questions about personal identity. These acts are usually impulsive and youth cite problems with family members as a reason to self harm.