Summary of Services
- We treat children, adolescents, adults, and elderly patients
- Individual, marital/family, and group counselling
Assessment and treatment are provided for a wide variety of challenges:
- depression and other mood disorders (e.g.,bipolar disorder, mania)
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- adjustment disorder
- anxiety disorders
- eating disorders in children/youth
- psychological weight loss
- sports and performance psychology
- grief, loss and bereavement
- interpersonal difficulties
- pain and health management
- anger management
- longstanding personality issues
- stress management
- sleep issues
- issues in aging: psychotherapy and behavioural management
- Parental support/education group for children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD
- Hypnosis for a variety of issues (e.g. smoking cessation, weight loss, etc.)
- Differential diagnosis between depression and dementia
Other areas of specialty:
- Patients affected as a result of a motor vehicle accident (MVA) or work-related accidents (WSIB)
Psychovocational assessments allow individuals to gain a better understanding of their various skills, learning styles, and vocational aptitudes and interests and how that may be best applied as they progress in their career paths. Patients will garner valuable knowledge that can help them further succeed in their training and employment opportunities and follow their passions. Those who have been in motor vehicle accidents and have an injury/disability could also benefit from this type of assessment if they are seeking a new job or career that will better suit them.
Psycho-educational Assessments are used to evaluate the psychological aspects of a person’s learning and academic skills. Psychological aspects include but are not limited to attention/concentration, memory, and visual and verbal learning, while academic skills comprise reading, writing, oral communication, and more. Clinical observation, statistical analysis, and testing are employed to determine how the individual’s academic performance compares with his intelligence and the reasons for this, as well as how he can better reach his full potential. Recommendations are provided for the student, parents, and to make accommodations within the student’s school.
Child and Adolescent Neuro-psychological Assessments
Neuro-psychological Assessments aim to uncover the cognition and behaviour of individuals who have experienced brain injury or are experiencing cognitive difficulties without clear anatomic changes or physical neurological signs. Neuropsychological tests are administered to patients to better evaluate the nature and severity of cognitive challenges in areas such as intellectual functioning, motor speed and strength, language processing, and visual learning and memory. This information has been helpful in diagnosing a cognitive deficit or confirming a diagnosis, as well as in providing guidance on effective treatment options. Some of those who may benefit from this type of assessment include individuals who have suffered from a head injury, eating disorder, suspected Alzheimer’s Disease or another type of dementia, attention deficit disorder (ADD), or chronic alcohol or drug use.
We serve many individuals who experience anxiety as a driver and/or passenger following a motor vehicle accident. In addition to benefitting from therapy, many are also referred to a driver training program for an assessment and development of an in-car plan in order to complement the psychological treatment with in-car work and to provide them with specific teachings regarding safe driving habits. The effectiveness of in-clinic therapy of such anxiety is greatly enhanced by so-called in-vivo (i.e. real life, in this case, in car) exposure. This fact is supported by research and clinical literature. Such exposure, when provided under the direction of a qualified instructor, allows the person to systematically practice the skills taught at the clinic in the real world situation.