What is a Psychologist?
A psychologist is a licensed mental health professional who is trained in the study of human behavior and in the assessment and treatment of mental health issues and behavioral disorders. Psychologists use this knowledge to help people understand, explain and change their thoughts, feelings and behaviours to improve their overall quality of life.
How can a Psychologist Help?
Psychologists offer a confidential and supportive environment in which to help you work through your difficult situation. Talking with friends and family usually help, but sometimes your issues may need someone with special skills, training and experience to help you try to resolve them.
Psychological Services offered at Veitch Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre
Individual Therapy for Children, Adolescents and Adults*: Therapeutic treatment planning and service delivery to support individuals facing difficult situations (i.e., bereavement, relationship separation/divorce, difficult emotions (i.e., anxiety, depression) as well as mental illness.
Couples, Family and Group Therapy: Couples and family therapeutic services for relationship enhancement services and conflict resolution*. Group therapeutic services will be offered intermittently for topics such as postpartum depression, coping with workplace stress and caregiver’s wellness.
Assessment Services: Offering a variety of assessment services, including,
- School readiness and developmental assessments for children up to school-age;
- Psychoeducational assessments for academic monitoring or identification of learning disorders or ADHD;
- Comprehensive team-based assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorders;
- Neurobehavioural assessments as part of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder medical assessment.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Consultation
School-age children and families benefit from consultation with a psychologist to determine appropriate behavioural and social programming for both home and school. Consultation is available in clinic, in-home, or in the school setting and will provide recommendations to a child’s existing team. These recommendations are targeted to a child’s current needs and can help children reach their full academic and social potential.
For clients who live out of town or who have difficulty traveling, telepsychology is available.
Employment Assistance Program Service Providers: Services provided for employees referred through their EAP programs include stress management, return to work support, workplace conflict resolution and supportive counselling for mental health and addiction issues.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): A comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach that is recognized as an effective form of trauma treatment. Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress. However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions: Panic attacks, complicated grief, phobias, pain disorders, performance anxiety, sexual and/or physical abuse.
Parents of children (school entry-10yrs) for parenting support and coaching, anxiety and attachment related challenges, behavioural challenges, autism support services, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and other developmental delays.
*Suitability for services will be determined based on clients’ involvement with other service providers. Exploration of this limitation will occur in initial appointment stage of service provision.
Most private health care plans cover Psychological services.