Adult & Family Services
Our team of clinicians work with young children, teens and adults; and we often see individuals, couples of families. Each therapists may use a unique style or therapeutic intervention in which they are skilled and trained appropriately, such as grief/trauma therapy, systemic therapy, narrative therapy, solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), delectable behaviour therapy (DBT), substance abuse counselling, psychodynamic therapy, and humanistic and client centered therapies.
Mental Health Counselling
Counselling focuses on the development and the prevention of serious mental health problems through education and short-term treatment. Also emphasized is growth, as well as remediation. View More.
Marriage & Family Therapy
Marriage & family therapy is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development, viewing change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. View More.
In a therapy group, six to eight people meet face-to-face with two or more trained group therapists and talk about what is troubling them. Members give feedback to each other by expressing their own feelings about what someone says or does. View More
• Sexual Trauma Recovery
• Families in Transition
• Child Custody Evaluations
Mental Health Counselling
Mental health counselling is a term commonly used to encompass many forms of counselling or therapy. A mental health professional works with individuals, couples, families, and groups to assess, prevent and treat emotional and mental disorders and to promote good mental health. Mental health counselling is often sought to address issues including depression, anxiety, addiction and substance abuse, suicidal impulses, self-harm, stress, problems with self-esteem, grief and trauma. Mental health counselling can also be helpful when facing difficult career concerns, educational decisions, issues related to family, parenting, marital, or other relationship problems.
When seeking mental health counselling be sure you are meeting with someone qualified and registered to practice. A team approach is important, because like all professionals the ability to consult and discuss treatment planning is an important part of an ethical counselling team.BACK TO TOP
Marriage & Family Therapy
Marriage & family therapy is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development, viewing change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. It emphasises family relationships as an important factor in psychological health. Marriage and family therapists work in ways that acknowledge the contexts of people's families and other relationships, sharing and respecting individuals' different perspectives, beliefs, views and stories, and exploring possible ways forward. Marriage & family therapists thus not only support change with individuals but also in their relationships in the family and beyond, including with children, youth, adults and/or those important to them. Marriage and family therapy's prominence in the mental health field has increased due to its brief, solution-focused treatment, its family-centered approach, and its demonstrated effectiveness.
Marriage and family therapists treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including:
* Family relationships and changes in family life
* Child and adolescent mental health
* Adult mental health
* Parenting issues
* Couple relationships
* Supporting family members through separation, mediation and divorce
* Child and adolescent behaviour, including problems with attention and over-activity
* Emotional disorders including anxiety, depression and grief following bereavement
* Anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders
* Supporting family members in step-family life
* Domestic violence
* Drug and alcohol misuse
In a therapy group, six to eight people meet face-to-face with one or more trained group therapists and talk about what is troubling them. Members give feedback to each other by expressing their own feelings about what someone says or does. This interaction gives group members an opportunity to try out new ways of behaving and to learn more about the way they interact with others. What makes the situation unique is that it is a safe system. The content of the group sessions is confidential; what members talk about or disclose is not discussed outside the group. Members work to establish a level of trust that allows them to talk personally and honestly. Group trust is enhanced when all members make a commitment to the group.
What do I talk about when I am in group therapy?
Talk about what brought you to counselling in the first place. Tell the group members what is bothering you. If you need support, let the group know. If you think you need confrontation, let them know this also. It is important to tell people what you expect of them. Unexpressed feelings are a major reason why people experience difficulties. Revealing your feelings - self-disclosure - is an important part of group and affects how much you will be helped. The appropriate disclosures will be those that relate directly to your present difficulty. How much you talk about yourself depends upon what you are comfortable with. If you have any questions about what might or might not be helpful, you can always ask the group.
Why Does Group Therapy Work?
When people come into a group and interact freely with other group members, they usually recreate those difficulties that brought them to group therapy in the first place. Under the skilled direction of the group therapists, the group is able to give support, offer alternatives, or gently confront the person. In this way the difficulty becomes resolved, alternative behaviours are learned, and the person develops new social techniques or ways of relating to people.
During group therapy, people begin to see that they are not alone. Many people feel they are unique because of their problems, and it is encouraging to hear that other people have similar difficulties. In the climate of trust provided by the group, people feel free to care about and help each other.
1) You control what, how much, and when you share with the group. You can also be helped by listening to others and thinking about how what they are saying might apply to you.
2) One of the benefits of group therapy is the opportunity to receive feedback from others in a supportive environment. This will be done in a respectful, gentle way, so that you can hear it and make use of it.
3) Your counsellor will recommend group when it is the most effective method to help you.
4) Most people are anxious about being able to talk in group. Almost without exception, within a few sessions people find that they do begin to talk in the group.
Sexual Trauma Recovery (Adult)
Whether sexually abused as a child or sexually assaulted, or even exposed or involved in inappropriate or unhealthy sexual practices as an adults, recovery is always possible! Treatment is customized to the individual, couple, or family using structures and unstructured interventions as appropriate. Adjunct services may also be recommended, i.e. EMDR, psychiatry and hypnotherapy.
Trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy, an intervention based on learning and cognitive theories, is designed to reduce the client’s negative emotional and behavioural responses and correct maladaptive beliefs and attribution related to the abusing experiences. It also aims to provide support and skills to help family members cope effectively with their own emotional distress and optimally respond to their loved ones.
Treatment typically includes 12-16 sessions and involved the following components with children and adolescents:
- Psycho-education about child abuse, typical reactions, safety skills and healthy sexually
- Gradual exposure techniques including verbal, written and/or symbolic recounting (i.e. utilizing dolls, puppets, etc.) of abusive event(s).
- Cognitive reframing consisting of exploration and correction of inaccurate attributions about the cause of, responsibility for, and results of the abusive experience(s).
- Stress management techniques such as focused breathing and muscle relaxation exercise, thought stopping, thought replacement, and cognitive therapy interventions.
Families in Transition
The dissolution of a marriage is often a painful process for individuals and families. This family transition is often marked by emotions of anger, sadness, betrayal, and guilt. The pain of divorce is often compounded when children are part of the family. Children of divorced parents show more behavioural, emotional, and academic problems than do children in never-divorced families. While most children become mentally and emotionally healthy adults, up to 25% can experience ongoing emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Research tells us that:
- Approximately one in every two persons will be divorced at some point in their life.
- The rate of divorce for second marriages is higher than the rate for first marriages.
- The majority of divorces occur in families with children under the age of eighteen.
Families rarely talk about how to have a positive divorce experience due to the stigma attached and associated feelings of shame. But for those individuals who have decided divorce is the best choice for their family, The Wellness Centre offers services to help families transition through this challenging time.
In a non-blaming and collaborative environment, we can help create pathways of adjustment as we help families re-define relationships, design a parenting plan, and create a new context focused on sustaining children and the family's wellness through the process of separation and divorce.
For families at various stages of the divorce process we offer individual and family therapy to help transition through the divorce process, restructure and heal after a divorce, and create a parenting plan focused on co-parenting. We also offer services to address the special needs of young people who are affected by the process of divorce.
Child Custody Evaluations
For families who require a child custody evaluation, The Wellness Centre is available to conduct a formal assessment that determines the level of each parent's respective parenting skills and make recommendations regarding child custody issues. A child custody evaluation involves personal interviews with the parents, the child(ren), assessment of parent/child interactions, interviews with collateral contacts (long term caretakers, teachers, etc.), and psychological testing of parents. The Wellness Centre conducts evaluations in cases where both parents are requesting the evaluation or the court has ordered the evaluation be conducted.