Helping you navigate through life’s challenges.
Counselling & Psychological Services in Kitchener-Waterloo
What we think is not all that matters. If there’s something in our ‘outside world’ that could be changed maybe we should do something about that first. Maybe it’s fixing an unhealthy relationship or addressing a problem at work.
Yet, our brains are like “meaning-machines,’ always trying to understand what’s in front of us – always making judgements and interpretations about what we’re seeing at every moment of every waking hour. Most of the time we don’t even notice. Yet, our thoughts and beliefs are a lens through which we see everything: ourselves, other people, and the world at large. At Think Waterloo Psychology we know how liberating it can be to gain insight into how our own thinking can colour our whole experience: it drives how we feel and underlies the urges we have to either ‘avoid something at-all-costs’ or ‘jump-in to something feet first!’ Not only can what we think clearly affect how we feel and behave, but some conditions are associated with skewed or extreme thinking which make it difficult to break free from being “stuck’ in patterns of unhelpful and repetitive thinking.
If we do need something to change for the better in our lives (or our “outside world’) what our default thoughts and assumptions are about that challenge can further hamper us from taking those all-important first steps.
At Think Waterloo Psychology we believe we’re collaborators who journey with you in navigating life’s challenges. We only make use of research-based strategies which have been shown to be effective. However, no matter whether it’s using Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based strategies, or interpersonal approaches, together we will try and identify all the invisible forces that leave you feeling stuck and prevent you from moving forward in your mind and your life.
These include comprehensive psychological assessments. Comprehensive assessments often include exploring many problem-areas and client strengths with the goal of trying to understand why a person may be experiencing challenges or undue distress at home, school or work. For example, one-on-one testing, interviewing and information from standardized measures may be used to identify the presence of particular conditions.
These include using research-proven therapeutic techniques for children, adolescents and adults. For example, treatment strategies often include Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and behavioural management strategies (i.e. to assist parents of children with disruptive behaviour).
Some specific problem areas include, but are not limited to:
- Anxiety Issues
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Fears of Specific Objects or Situations
- Mood Problems
- Bipolar Disorder
- Adolescent Issues
- Relationship Problems
- Substance Abuse
- Child Behavioural Problems
- School Refusal
- Parental Guidance and Support
- Stress Management
General counselling services are also available. In fact, many people who don’t have a diagnosable condition (e.g. Major Depression) may seek counselling strategies for everyday hassles or stress to help prevent smaller challenges from developing into problems that significantly interfere with their lives.
Psychological therapy and counselling is a joint effort between the client and therapist – working together in a collaborative manner and always keeping the client’s treatment goals in mind. Parents are often encouraged to participate in sessions with their children, as the strategies discussed in sessions can help parents to support children as they continue to make gains between sessions and also once treatment is complete.
Dr. Jeffrey Paulitzki is a psychologist and the Director of Think Waterloo Psychology.
Sarah Young is a Masters-Level, Registered Social Worker & Psychotherapist. She also the Clinic Manager of Think Waterloo Psychology.
Ami Rints is a Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Waterloo. She has completed her residency and is currently providing psychological services under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Paulitzki.
Ivana Marcincinova is a Ph.D. Candidate in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology at the University of Guelph. She has finished her residency and is currently providing psychological services under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Paulitzki.
***Some clients may be seen in person. Virtual Services also available for individuals across Ontario during COVID-19 pandemic***
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