Specializations

Although we have a number of areas of specialization, we offer clients a full range of services, working with individuals, couples, and families in many areas, including:

• Stress management
• Anger management

• Relationship counselling
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Grief
• Parenting issues
• Trauma
• Crisis interventions
• Addictions & recovery
• Group therapy


STRESS MANAGEMENT

Coping With Stress: While we all cope with stress in our lives, it can become overwhelming or daunting at times for many people, making it difficult to find a balance in what may feel like chaos. Learning to cope with stress can not only help people at the time, they can also learn how to lower the affect stress can have on them in the future.

Stress can cause people to become irritable or angry, depressed or isolated. It can cause conflict in relationships, friendships, and the workplace. Another large result of struggling with stress is the high physical cost on your body, including increased blood pressure, digestive tract problems, weight issues, as well as many other things that may take you to the doctor at some time. It has been estimated that approximately 60% of visits to a family doctor are for stress related problems. Other areas that can be affected by stress are getting proper sleep, overall energy levels, appetite and concentration.

We offer a 3 hour workshop that familiarizes people with what stress is, how it affects them, how stress is affecting them, how to recognize stressors and develop tools to help cope with stress in their lives. We also offer a follow-up series of 4 sessions (2 hours each) that explore the things learned in the introductory workshop in a group setting, practicing the tools, and exploring their own stress issues.

We offer a variety of Workshops helping cope with stress. Workshop participants work in a group exploring their own stress issues.


ANGER MANAGEMENT

Managing your Anger: Anger is often misunderstood. It is a feeling we have all experienced throughout our lives and yet expressing it can create consequences when uncontrolled or managed. Anger is a learned behaviour that can be un-learned.

Our workshop can help you understand what anger is; the costs that can happen as a result of un-managed anger; why anger is a struggle for many people; recognize your own triggers; ways to handle other’s anger; and tools that help manage your own anger.

We also offer 12 part anger management series if enough interest is shown. It is comprised of twelve 1 ½ to 2 hour sessions in a group setting, where you will explore your own anger and get to practice the tools that you will learn.

Being assertive is a vital tool in Anger Management.


RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING

Relationship counselling can be seen as quite unique, in that the client is actually the relationship and not the two people. As it has become more problematic over time, it becomes less of a bond, often leading people to wonder why they are even there. The couple often loses track of what they saw in each other when the relationship started.

Often, we may start off with a few sessions in communication skills, which can help couples to slow down the erosion of the relationship, and help them to begin to resolve issues, as well as to help prevent new ones from evolving.

We then begin to explore what each person brings to the relationship at the time, and their hopes, expectations, and fears. Relationships evolve over time, and change. People continue to change over time. As these changes happen, they can change the dynamics of a relationship, causing conflict and growing apart, often leaving one or both feeling more alone in the relationship.

We try to help clients understand what these changes might be, and how they might adjust their role in the relationship as it has evolved. If how they have handled conflict in the relationship in the past hasn’t worked for them, a major shift can be how they can do something different (“Nothing changes until something changes”).

Relationship or couples therapy is usually a longer process than individual therapy because of the complexity of working with two individuals rather than just one, so couples can expect a higher number of visits to have the potential for resolving the issues that brought them into counselling.


ASSERTIVENESS

Assertiveness is not just a way of communicating our thoughts in a non-threatening way, but a healthy way of communicating our wants and needs to others. It is also a much less stressful way of relating to others.

Being assertive is vital tool in Anger Management. Passiveness and aggressiveness don’t just have negative consequences in relationship or friendship, but can also be dangerous to our own physical health.


CRISIS INTERVENTION, TRAUMA and TRAUMATIC INCIDENTS

The reaction to an event that someone has feared for their life, or if they have witnessed something horrific is traumatic. Dealing with what some have experienced can be overwhelming for many, and have long-reaching affects. Therapy can help people regain balance in their lives that a traumatic event has put them off balance in.

Whether it is a single incident, a series of incidents or a childhood of abuse, the effects of trauma can be lowered. There are a number of therapies that have been proven to be very beneficial in trauma, including CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), TFT (thought field therapy), and TIR (traumatic incident reduction).


DEPRESSION & ANXIETY

Many people struggle with depression or anxiety at some time in their lives. A lot of them seem to be able to deal with it on their own, and recover, while many others experience a growing sense of hopelessness, sadness, and despair. If they stay stuck in that low or agitated state, many things can happen, including isolation, apathy, loss of energy, irregular sleep patterns, appetite problems, and health problems.

Help can be offered to those who are feeling overwhelmed with a number of therapies that can bring about change, leading people back to a balance in their lives.


WORKPLACE CONSULTING SERVICES

“Valuing employees and benefiting your business”

There are clear themes emerging from the research on stress. One is that stress-related illnesses are on the
increase and organizations are faced with the rising cost of the consequences of stress.

These include:

  • Rising levels of absenteeism
  • Under performance
  • Increased staff turnover
  • Low staff morale
  • Poor relationship with clients
  • Increased recruitment costs
  • Low staff commitment
  • Increased accidents and mistakes
  • Possible compensation claims
  • Poor public image