Personal Counselling is available for treatment of
- Grief and Loss,
- Emotional Regulation,
- Social and Relationship Skills,
- Healthy Relationships,
- Setting and Maintaining Boundaries,
- Relationship Repair,
- Mild Substance Use, and
- Other mental health concerns.
We will work with you to identify a style of counselling that suits your needs, and to set measurable goals for achieving lasting change in your life.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is a well researched and effective treatment discovered in 1987 by psychologist, Dr. Francine Shapiro. It is based on the Adaptive Information Processing model which states that the brain’s information processing system has a natural ability to move toward healing.
EMDR Therapy treats:
- Life Crises (e.g., loss of employment)
- Panic Attacks
- Performance Anxiety
- Trauma and PTSD
- and many others as well
What does EMDR stand for?
- Eye movements – Bilateral stimulation of the left and right hemispheres of the brain is done with eye movements (i.e., client’s eyes follow the psychologist’s fingers/hand/wand or a dot on a screen). The eye movements mimic what happens in REM sleep (rapid eye movement where we process information unconsciously), but in EMDR this is done while the client is awake. Alternate bilateral stimulation such as tapping, butterfly hugs or tones may also be used.
- Desensitization – In the desensitization phase, processing is done to remove the emotional disturbance linked to the issue/incident/memory.
- Reprocessing – In the reprocessing phase, unhealthy negative beliefs associated with the issue/incident/memory are replaced with more adaptive beliefs.
What can I expect?
- A thorough history will be taken to assess whether this therapy can be incorporated as part of the treatment plan and a checklist of client readiness will be reviewed before proceeding.
- EMDR therapy is different from other psychotherapies in that the client can decide how much information will be shared with the psychologist about the distressing concern and completing homework between sessions is not required.
- The client and psychologist will work together to identify specific targets to address.
- EMDR therapy may illicit intense emotional response initially, but this is temporary. You may feel tired during the session or after, this is natural due to the processing that occurs.
How long are sessions and how long will I be in therapy?
- EMDR sessions are booked for 60 or 90 minutes.
- The length of therapy is dependent on client’s history, issues being treated and client’s ability to tolerate disturbing emotions.
How much does it cost?
- Fee for session is charged at our psychologists’ rate. Sliding scale for those in financial need is available.
EMDR therapy is provided by Anneta Manful, MA, R. Psych, PM (Practicing Mediator), EMDR Therapist and Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator. For more information, please contact us at 403-266-9226.
Couples / Marriage Counselling
Couples/Marriage Counselling is available for all couples wanting to improve any area of their relationship. Common topics addressed in couples/marriage counselling include communication, conflict resolution, infidelity, healthy relationships, separation/divorce, co-parenting and blended families, roles and responsibilities, pre-marital counselling, and more.
We may meet with partners separately or together for the first session or at other times throughout the counselling process. Counselling is most effective when both clients are motivated toward achieving the same goal. In instances where counselling goals do not align, it may be necessary to refer one or both clients to another psychologist / counsellor to work on personal issues alongside couples/marriage counselling.
Child or Family Counselling
Children typically attend counselling for treatment of anxiety, depression, grief and loss, emotional regulation, stress, social and relationship skills, communication, self-esteem, separation/divorce concerns, and more. We do not currently have registered play therapists at the office. However, we regularly use play-based and other creative strategies to help children with self-expression and to learn and implement new skills and strategies.
Typically, we work with children ages 7 and up. Please prepare your child ahead of the appointment and discuss counselling with them. For concerns regarding young children, our Circle of Security Parenting Group or parenting sessions with our psychologist Anneta may be very beneficial.
At the first appointment we will complete necessary paperwork, discuss your concerns, and go over the same with your child. It is important that children feel comfortable with the counselling process and have interest in attending sessions. We will likely have some one-on-one time with your child within the first appointment to develop rapport and build trust, and to begin working on their concerns. We will debrief with you (usually with your child present) and encourage him/her to show off their new strategies and discuss goals for next session.
Depending on the age, presenting concerns, and strategies we are working on, we may ask your permission to share information with your child’s teacher to bridge strategies into the classroom where appropriate.
We are able to complete in-depth psychoeducational assessments designed to help identify potential learning or behavioral issues, which can affect how children and adolescents perform in their school environment. This could include diagnosis of learning disabilities, ADHD, and other related mental health concerns.
We use a comprehensive battery of gold standard measures to assess how each child processes different types of information, their academic skills, learning, memory, attention and focus, as well as their abilities to complete complex, multi-step tasks. Results from each assessment are presented in a formalized report, which can provide parents, school staff, and other health professionals with clear strategies and recommendations to help children perform to the best of their abilities.
Parenting Group – Circle of Security
At times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.
Learning Objectives of the Training:
- Understand your child’s emotional world by learning to read their emotional needs
- Support your child’s ability to successfully manage their emotions
- Enhance the development of your child’s self esteem
- Honor your innate wisdom and desire for your child to be secure
Everyday examples of “secure and problematic parent-child interaction” are depicted in video clips, making this program interactive and reflective!
Years of attachment research shows children who feel safe and secure are more likely to have better relationships with siblings, peers, and parents, higher self-esteem, better problem solving skills, trusting relationships with loved ones and the ability to empathize with others compared to children who are not secure.
Please note: This is a group for parents and caregivers only, child participation is not required. Commitment to attend all 8 sessions is necessary for maximum benefit.
Separation / Divorce Mediation
Mediation is a voluntary, non-binding form of Alternate Dispute Resolution where clients meet with a neutral facilitator (the mediator) who helps them to resolve conflict, clarify and prioritize issues, and come up with win-win solutions pertaining to various aspects of their separation/divorce.
For those couples who are able to work through issues together, mediation can be a timely and cost-effective alternative to litigation and other adversarial processes. Mediation can also help to preserve the parenting relationship post-divorce, which provides lasting positive effects and protective factors for children.
Topics typically addressed in mediation include:
- Parenting plans
- Child support
- Division of property, assets, and debts
- Spousal support
Pre-mediation screening takes place in individual 1-hour appointments. During this appointment, we will review consent, screening for risk factors and presenting issues, and will assess suitability for mediation. Once we have met with both clients and have assessed that mediation is suitable, we will accept the appointment as your mediator, and schedule the first joint session. At that time we will sign the Agreement to Mediate and begin addressing the issues. Joint mediation sessions are booked for 2-hours. Typically, most issues are resolved within 1-3 appointments.
Mediation is provided by Katherine Mooney, MA, R. Psych, Registered Family Mediator (Separation/Divorce specialty).
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