Counselling Services

/Counselling Services
Counselling Services2016-11-14T19:46:18-04:00
Individual counselling can be beneficial for people experiencing a variety of issues, including, but not limited to anxiety and depression, those interested in restoring lost enthusiasm for life, difficulties with life transitions or decision-making, concerns with sexuality (loss of function or interest or identity).

Couples Counselling

Couples often seek counselling when communication becomes negative leading to hurt feelings or even abuse, when one or both partners has had an affair or has considered having an extramarital relationship, or when people feel they are just occupying the same space. Sexual concerns, incompatibility, substance use and struggles with decision-making are some of the issues that can be addressed.

Marital counselling

Marital counselling services assist in dealing with issues surrounding separation, divorce, custody and access. For children, counselling can help identify anxiety, anger and depression and can work towards resolving these issues.

Family Counselling

Family counselling can be effective in strengthening the parental team by resolving marital conflicts, increasing parental confidence by supporting and empowering parents in implementing new parenting strategies, in an effort to achieve a greater family connectedness. Therapy can be useful to facilitate opportunities to introduce healthier interactions that can assist individual family members and the overall functioning of a family.
Infertility counselling can assist with decision-making regarding the choice of fertility treatment, including third party reproduction, decisions regarding ending treatment, implications for donors and recipients, and long-term follow-up counselling. Additionally, it can help couples acknowledge the implications of using third-party reproduction as an alternative to family creation and address the gender difference in willingness to use third party reproduction. Infertility counselling can explore the well-being of the parent not genetically related to the child and address issues of openness that may impact the family.
Most couples experiencing fertility treatment find it useful to address the potential lack of support and the effect of donation or surrogacy on the involved families, both current and future. People undergoing treatment for infertility are especially vulnerable to experiencing stress and anxiety and counselling can assist by teaching healthy and appropriate coping and management techniques. In addition, relaxation training and EMDR can be helpful during the treatment phase, particularly when dealing with past trauma and phobias that may interfere with treatment.
Pre- and post-adoption counselling assists in dealing with issues of loss and provides emotional support and guidance for those involved in international and domestic adoptions. Counselling will assist in developing strategies to deal with challenges such as attachment disorders, aggression, and anger management.
Private adoption assessments are completed for those wishing to pursue a private international or domestic adoption. Individuals planning to adopt publicly, through the Children’s Aid Society, often request a private Home Study in order to expedite the adoption process. The Home Study must be completed by a Private Adoption Practitioner approved by the Ministry.
The process involves several interviews where many topics are discussed such as parenting plans, openness with the birth parent and family, and spousal relationship. Criminal record checks, references and medical reports are required. You will also be required to complete the PRIDE training which is mandated by the Ministry. Contact Stephanie Parker or Jennifer Williams for more details and to discuss fees around this process.
Grief is a natural and normal reaction to a loss. Bearing in mind that all individuals experience grief in a very personal way, often reflecting differences in culture and backgrounds, and considering the type of loss (i.e. relationship, job, spouse, child, pet, etc.).
Anticipatory grief can be experienced when a prolonged situation of uncertainty is present and it is anticipated that there will be a loss. These feelings resemble actual feeling of loss as one tries to prepare for an anticipated loss.

You may want to consider counselling for grief when you are experiencing frequent hostility, mistrust of others, social isolation, or prolonged and intense feelings of sadness.

Grief counselling allows oneself time to fully explore the meaning of the loss, express emotions, and develop a new relationship with the person who has died. It is about having someone alongside you while you grieve. People often find the raw emotions of grief difficult to deal with, thus it can be helpful to have a safe place where you can experience these emotions in a healing environment. Therapy can help you acknowledge that you have been changed as a result of the loss and can assist you with forming new relationships and adjusting to a life in which the person you loved is no longer present.

The purpose of a private custody and access assessment is to obtain a professional’s observations and recommendations regarding custody and access
arrangements post-separation.

The assessment consists of interviewing the parents and the children individually and observing each parent with the children alone. Third parties such as new partners, teachers, counsellors or medical professionals are also contacted to get a sense of the family’s dynamics. A report is then prepared that includes recommendations that address how decisions about the children should be made, as well as where they should live and the time that they should spend with each parent. Recommendations may also address particular issues that the parties have not agreed upon.
Should the parents be unable to reach an agreement regarding the custody and access of the children the report can be filed as evidence in the dispute and submitted to court.

Family counselling services assist in dealing with issues surrounding separation, divorce, custody and access. With the family in transition children (and the family as
a whole) often experience profound sadness, anxiety, and emotional reactivity. Therapists can help parents begin the process of co-parenting, allowing them to move
beyond blame, resentment, fear and grief that can get in the way of effective co-parenting during separation and divorce.
Counselling encompasses the emotional needs of all family members with a focus on areas such as developmentally appropriate explanations for children, putting aside
adult feelings to attend to the needs of the children, ongoing communication between parents, custody and access issues, behavioural challenges, consistency in routine, and
facilitating the grieving process following a divorce.
Group therapy offers a unique environment in which to develop a sense of acceptance and belonging, identify with others, and learn from their experiences and insights.

Contact us for details regarding the support group schedule, fees and waiting list.