Our Programs


                                                                                                                                                                                             

Below you will find services we offer under each program category.

 

Adult Programs:

  • Treatment is primarily Cognitive Behavioural in nature, with aspects of Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and Emotion Focused       Therapy.
  • Individual Therapy is provided  for the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, social anxiety, panic disorder,  agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder), eating disorders, body image disturbance, relationship difficulties and personality disorders.
  • Resilience Counselling is available for coping with workplace stress and burnout, dealing with low life fulfillment, managing academic stress, and increasing motivational skills in maintaining physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Couple Therapy is available for addressing communication difficulties, repairing the damage of infidelity, healing the grief from growing apart, coping with parenting difficulties and extended family stressors, and dealing with the stress and confusion of physical or mental health issues occurring within the relationship.
  • Family and Parenting Therapy is available for dealing with adolescent or adult children struggling with mental health issues, understanding and addressing adolescent rebellion, assisting children with social or academic difficulties, enhancing family resiliency and communication strategies, and reducing family conflict and power struggles.

 

Children’s Programs

  • Individual therapy in provided using Game Based Cognitive Therapy as well as Collaborative Problem Solving approaches for behavioural problems.
  • A warm, welcoming, and non-threatening environment is provided to minimize fear of treatment in children.
  • Parents are welcome to sit in on their child’s therapy sessions until their child feels comfortable doing so on their own.
  • Modern, child friendly assessment methods are used, including animation based assessment programs developed at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.
  • Treatment is provided for child anxiety disorders (separation anxiety, school refusal, generalized anxiety, phobias, adjustment after divorce, peer relation difficulties).
  • Treatment is offered for mood related issues such as childhood depression, intense sadness, and grief.
  • Anger and related behavioural disorders are addressed and parents are provided with insight into what can trigger these behaviours and how to better manage them at home and in school settings.
  • Treatment is experiential learning based, where children learn by “doing” and practice new skills through games, stories and quests.
  • A communication book is provided to parents to track their child’s learning and progress during treatment.

 

Youth Programs:

  • Individual therapy is provided using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness training.
  • The therapeutic approach is individually tailored to the adolescent’s comfort level, ranging from support and talk based treatment to more active teaching of skills and application of techniques.
  • Youth therapy focuses on building emotional intelligence, emotional resilience and emotion regulation skills.
  • Treatment is provided for anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, panic disorder, social anxiety, agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder), gender identity concerns and transitional support, depression and anger.
  • Treatment is available for eating disorders (bulimia, anorexia, binge-eating disorder, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder), body image disturbance, and self esteem issues.
  • Coping skills for school related problems is provided, including dealing with academic stress, school and social anxiety, peer difficulties, bullying, and cyber-bullying.
  • Learning strategies are provided to enhance organization, memory skills, motivation, homework skills, and test and exam taking.
  • Individual Education Plan (IEP) recommendations can be made, academic mental health supports arranged, and direct access to specialized academic co-op programs established.
  • Academic stress management and enhancement of problem solving and decision making skills for High School and Post-Secondary students is available, including assistance with University and College program selection.
  • Personal Counseling Strategies are taught such that clients learn to apply the skills they learn in therapy independently between sessions, particularly during periods of high anxiety and stress.

 

Specialized Skills Based Programs:

Emotion Regulation Program for Children

  • The Emotion Regulation Program provides guidance to families with hard to manage children who suffer from emotion regulation deficits, which may manifest as hard to comfort emotional outbursts, explosive behaviour, temper tantrums, decreased school performance, defiance and oppositional behaviour.
  • Children with emotion regulation deficits and their families often require more advanced skills to respond to hard to manage emotions and behaviours, as using traditional parenting methods often results in these emotions and behaviours worsening and parents becoming increasingly frustrated.
  • The Emotion Regulation Program focuses on (a) developing the child’s emotion regulation skills and (b) providing parents with feedback and resources to use outside of therapy with the goal of transferring these skills to the home and school environment.

Enhancing Executive Functioning Skills

  • Executive functioning skills are a set of brain-based skills required to problem solve, to act on information effectively, and to organize and execute tasks. Deficits in executive functioning may exist due to natural developmental variations or as a result of mood disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and learning disabilities.
  • Executive functioning deficits can appear in children, adolescents and adults and cause problems with sustaining attention, following rules, getting organized, planning, prioritizing and persistence with tasks, time management, and inflexible behaviour and moods.
  • The Executive Functioning Skills Program (a) identifies specific strengths and weaknesses in executive functioning skills and (b) provides concrete exercises and strategies to enhance executive functioning skills deficits at home, in the workplace, and at school.

Dialectical Behavioural Skills Training

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is the evidence based treatment of choice for individuals who (a) experience significant difficulties in regulating their emotions, (b) experience high levels of distress in their interpersonal relationships, and (c) are prone to becoming emotionally overwhelmed and/or to engage in self damaging behaviours during periods of stress.
  • The Dialectical Behavioural Skills Program focuses on developing the four sets of DBT skills: (a) Mindfulness Skills which focus the mind on the present moment to reduce the focus on distressing past and future concerns, (b) Emotional Regulation Skills which increase the ability to understand and work through difficult emotions, (c) Distress Tolerance Skills which enhance emotional resilience and the use of distraction techniques to cope with current difficult life challenges, and (d) Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills which provide ways to improve interactions in close relationships when in a state of high emotional distress.