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Although being Two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, asexual, queer/questioning, and other Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGM) is absolutely not a mental illness, many 2SLGBTQ+ people experience mental health struggles. 2SLGBTQ+ individuals are more than twice as likely as heterosexual men and women to have a mental health disorder in their lifetime, and the numbers are higher in the bisexual and transgender communities. They are 2.5 times more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance misuse compared with heterosexual individuals.
We work with youth, families, and adults to gently explore difficulties while affirming the ways people are already working towards their own healing.
ADHD is a disorder with symptoms of inattention such as distractibility and disorganization. It can also include hyperactivity and impulsivity in some but not all individuals. ADHD begins in childhood and causes problems in school, work and in social relationships. Specialized therapy for ADHD works “from the outside in” by helping clients learn skills and structure their environments to reduce the negative impact of ADHD on their lives.
We can help you build the skills to make living with ADHD work for you.
We also offer Adult ADHD Assessment. Please look at our Assessment page for more information.
Adolescence is an exciting and challenging time. Our bodies and minds are changing and we are transitioning into adulthood. We are leaving high school and moving into post-secondary school and independence. It is a time for intense thoughts and feelings.
We can offer a safe space to discuss these issues and concerns and learn tools to manage all these changes.
Anger can be a healthy response to stressful situations or events. Everyone gets mad sometimes and it can help to communicate to others that we’re not okay with something or be a way to vent frustration over external events. Not being able to display an emotional response is a whole other challenge. Anger can also be a protective mechanism, as it tends to pop up when something threatens us or our survival. While anger is a normal human emotion, misplaced or uncontrolled anger can quickly become problematic. Uncontrolled or excessive anger can damage personal and professional relationships.
We can help you recognize and avoid the triggers that make you angry and learn strategies to help control your anger.
To book a session for anger management with Colin or Sheila, please click the button below.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to the stress we encounter throughout our lives. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks). These feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control, are out of proportion to the actual danger and can last a long time. They can cause you to change your behaviour, avoid places or situations, or even limit contact with people you care about to prevent these feelings. Symptoms may start during childhood or the teen years and continue into adulthood.
We can find solutions to help you take control of your anxiety and get back to living your life.
To book a session for anxiety management with Dotun, Lindsay, Rebecca, or Sheila, please click the button below.
With all of the messages you receive about beauty and health, it can be hard to love and accept your body. A negative body image can create a false sense of value as a person and can lead to depression and disordered eating habits. Severe forms of negative body image can lead to body dysmorphic disorder.
Body image counselling can help you develop a positive view of yourself as a whole person, and develop loving and compassionate beliefs about your appearance.
We can help you rebuild your self-esteem and allow you to feel good about your body as it is now.
Faith-based counsellors welcome individuals from all faiths, respecting the individual religious traditions and spiritual commitments of those seeking therapy. The goal of faith-based counselling is to accommodate your spiritual beliefs into therapy in order to address areas of concern, whether they relate to religion or not.
We can use a variety of approaches and therapeutic methods to help you identify and clarify any concerns, and explore solutions and coping methods.
Consensual Non-Monogamous (CNM) relationships are relatively common (studies in the US & Canada show 1 in 5 people are currently part of a CNM) but are often misunderstood and stigmatized. This can result in stressors on the relationship when friends or family make assumptions about the partners. For instance, many people assume CNM relationships are primarily about sexual opportunity. Consequently, some people in these relationships experience rejection from friends and family members and criticism about raising children. Some people feel pressure to hide their relationship.
However, studies show that people enter consensual non-monogamous relationships for 6 reasons:
We can work with partners in CNM relationships to help establish and discuss boundaries, navigate emotions, and deepen fulfillment. We can also offer support and discuss the concerns partners have in how their relationship is expressed to or perceived by the outside world.
Feeling "down" or sad from time to time is a normal part of life. However, constant low moods or a persistent loss of interest and pleasure in things that normally make us happy may signal depression. Depression has physical symptoms too. People who are depressed commonly have problems with sleep, lose their appetite or overeat, feel tired and lacking in energy, and struggle with concentration and decision-making.
Depression can take many forms:
We can form a treatment plan that can help you work through depression and can help to prevent relapse into another episode of depression and/or minimize symptoms.
Everyone experiences emotions as a reaction to the world around them. Anger, anxiety, disappointment, and resentment are universally experienced and can throw off your "regular" interaction with the world. Children learn to control their emotional responses — how "big" they react to things — in a manner that is socially acceptable. Adults who fail to learn how to reasonably control their emotions often say or do things they later regret. This can impact your family, social, and work relationships, along with your well-being.
We will help you learn to recognize your emotional state and react in a healthy manner.
To book a session for emotional regulation with Heather, Oksana, or Sheila, please click the button below.
Everyone in your family is a little different. That can make their approach to life very different and when those different approaches clash, it can create family conflict. Family counselling can help:
Family therapy can help children and adults with conduct disorders, substance addictions, disordered eating, and depression.
We will help your family learn better ways to resolve conflict and improve communication.
It is common for police, paramedics, EMTs, firefighters and 911 dispatch workers to experience PTSD, trauma reactions, workplace stress and other mental health issues. Given the pressures of the job and the stress on the healthcare system during the COVID pandemic, nurses and physicians are also seeing critical cases quickly and at a higher rate than usual. First Responders are more than their job; they are people. They are often doing shift work and facing disruptions to their sleep patterns. They have the same stresses in other areas of their lives as everyone else, whether it's challenges in family life, workplace demands, personal history, or interactions with other people in society.
We specialize in treatment of trauma and PTSD in First Responders, including police officers (RCMP and EPS), veterans, member of Canadian Forces, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel.
Please call the office at 587-416-1099 to book an appointment with Colin. On a smart phone, you can call by clicking the button below.
Grief is a natural reaction to loss or change. Grief is most commonly discussed in relation to the death of a loved one, however grief can be experienced following any major change. It might be the loss of a loved one, relationship, pregnancy, pet, job or way of life. Other experiences of loss may be due to children leaving home, infertility and separation from friends and family.
We will listen to your experiences and provide you with a path through your grief.
A motor vehicle accident (MVA) can traumatize the body and cause than physical injury. The emotional and psychological distress can impact your ability to work, your relationships to people you care about, and even changes in your response to the world around you.
We provide psychological assessment and treatment services for children, adolescents & adults who have emotional, physical, and psychological symptoms resulting from trauma caused by an MVA.
Relationships are not easy. Bringing lives together is and should be difficult. Communication is vital, but it is not always easy to address conflict or trouble in your relationship. Opening lines of communications and strengthening those lines can make a troubled relationship better and a good relationship great.
We will provide a neutral place to talk, listen and learn skills to improve your relationship.
Please click the button below to book a Gottman Method Assessment with Colin or Lindsay.
Trauma can impact your life in unexpected and far-reaching ways. Traumatic events include things like childhood abuse, motor vehicle accidents (MVAs), natural disasters, sexual abuse, and workplace abuse or accidents.
We provide psychological assessment and treatment services for children, adolescents & adults who have emotional, physical, and psychological symptoms resulting from trauma.