Counselling and Behavioural Services

Individual, Couples, and Family Counselling

Counselling and Behavioural Services treatment specializations include working with:

  • Children, Adolescents, and Adults experiencing mental health concerns around Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, ADHD, Emotional Dysregulation, Trauma, and Psychosis
  • Individuals living with Autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and other Developmental Disorders
  • Siblings of individuals living with Developmental Disorders and Behavioural Challenges
  • Parents and Caregivers of children and adolescents living with Developmental Disorders and/or Behavioural Challenges
  • Youth transitioning to Adulthood

Therapeutic Approaches:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Cognitive behavioural therapy is the most widely used therapy for anxiety disorders. It addresses negative patterns and distortions in the way we look at the world and ourselves. The two components of CBT are:

  • Cognitive therapy which examines how negative thoughts, or cognitions, contribute to anxiety.
  • Behaviour therapy which examines how you behave and react in situations that trigger anxiety.

The basic premise of cognitive behavioural therapy is that our thoughts—not external events—affect the way we feel. In other words, it’s not the situation you’re in that determines how you feel, but your perception of the situation.

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT):  based on the principle that there is a relationship between the way people communicate and interact with others and their mental health.

Exposure Therapy for anxiety:  Exposure Therapy exposes you to the situations or objects you fear. The idea is that through repeated exposures, you’ll feel an increasing sense of control over the situation and your anxiety will diminish. The exposure is done in one of two ways: Your therapist may ask you to imagine the scary situation, or you may confront it in real life. Exposure therapy may be used alone, or it may be conducted as part of cognitive behavioural therapy

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS): The approach sets forth two major tenets. First, challenging behaviour in kids is best understood as the result of lagging cognitive skills (in the general domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving) rather than as the result of passive, permissive, inconsistent, noncontingent parenting. And second, the best way to reduce challenging episodes is by working together with the child – collaborating – to solve the problems setting them in motion in the first place (rather than by imposing adult will and intensive use of reward and punishment procedures).

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT): Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) is a components-based psychosocial treatment model that incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioural, attachment, humanistic, empowerment, and family therapy models. It includes several core treatment components designed to be provided in a flexible manner to address the unique needs of each child and family. There is strong scientific evidence that this therapy works in treating trauma symptoms in children, adolescents, and their parents.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is recognized as an effective form of trauma treatment. EMDR psychotherapy is an information processing therapy that uses an eight phase approach to treating trauma. It address Past memories of the traumatic event(s), Present situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, and the Future Template, or positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviours and mental health.

The primary focus of the therapeutic work that I do is helping people to be more self-aware of their thoughts, feelings in the body, emotions, and actions (behaviours). With greater awareness comes the skill, ability, and courage to grow beyond the things that challenge us. We can move forward to a place where we take control of our own lives and experience the self-confidence to more successfully interact, communicate, and comfortably be with ourselves and others.

 

Behavioural Consultation

Challenging behaviours can interfere with an individual’s successful participation in community, important for inclusion, growth and development. Behavioural consultation involves working with children, youth and their families to increase adaptive, functional behaviours that will support the individual to meet their goals. Behavioural Consultation Services may include parent/caregiver/school consultation as well as counselling.

Behavioural screening available upon request.