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.