Mental Health Concerns
Our clinicians utilize evidence-based approaches to assist clients in managing various mental health concerns, including anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, depression, and difficulty with emotional regulation. It is recommended that interested individuals contact the clinic directly at (403) 764 – 0771, or submit a Clinic Intake to ensure that one of our clinicians will be an appropriate fit for your needs and goals.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI-I) is a structured treatment for chronic sleep problems and is typically recommended as the first line of treatment for insomnia (i.e., difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early in the morning). CBT-I has been shown to be 70-80% effective in treating the underlying causes of insomnia. Treatment is designed to address behaviors and thoughts that interfere with healthy sleep patterns. Unlike medication, which alleviates symptoms, CBT-I also provides tools to address future sleep problems, should they arise.
The persistence of physical pain long after the expected recovery time often contributes to the development of unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors, which subsequently worsen daily functioning, increase psychological distress, or prolong the experience of pain. Utilizing behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based interventions, treatment is designed to address the biopsychosocial aspects of pain complexity and assist with improving psychological well-being, functional ability, and quality of life.
Chronic Medical Conditions
Management of chronic disease can place a heavy demand on our mental health, which in turns impacts psychological adjustment to changing health status, as well as associated treatment. Through education and a cognitive-behavioural framework, treatment is aimed at addressing cognitive, emotional, and behavioural responses to facilitate adaptative thinking and behaviours, improving coping capacity and emotional regulation, and supportchanging identity.
While the majority of those who experience a concussion have resolution of their symptoms within three months, with little or no intervention, a small number of people continue to have persistent symptoms. The reasons for persistent symptoms are still not fully understood, especially given that the same symptoms can be found in the absence of a brain injury, including in those with chronic pain, psychological difficulties, and even in healthy people. Psychoeducation regarding the expected recovery process, along with psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based therapies, compassion-focused therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy, are effective treatments for addressing persistent concussion symptoms. Treatment is individualized to improve psychological well-being and increase tolerance for physical, cognitive, and emotionally demanding activities.
Cognitive rehabilitation is a broad term used to describe treatment for a wide array of cognitive problems (i.e., difficulty with thinking abilities; attention, memory, language, etc.). The form of rehabilitation that is provided depends on the type and severity of the cognitive problem. A neuropsychological assessment is required to characterize such problems and determine treatment suitability. Cognitive rehabilitation is designed to enhance functioning and independence in those with cognitive difficulties, as well as assist with community reintegration, and support clients’ family members and care teams.
Attention and Executive Function
Goal Management Training (GMT) is validated, structured program for rehabilitation of executive function and has been shown to be effective in enhancing executive skills and promoting functional ability, in those who have suffered a brain injury or present with a neurological condition. An extension to GMT, Training of Executive Attention is an 11-week program designed to teach participants strategies that they can use in their daily lives to improve their ability to achieve goals by sustaining their attention and staying focused, formulating realistic plans, and organizing, prioritizing, and completing tasks in a timely fashion.
Utilizing evidence-based memory interventions, rehabilitation is typically provided for individuals who have suffered a brain injury, most commonly, but not limited to, a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury or stroke. The rehabilitation program is designed around the individual needs of each client and their cognitive difficulties. Thus, the length of the program will vary from person to person. Sessions span one hour, and incorporate one to one training utilizing internal memory strategies (i.e., associations, spaced repetition, errorless learning) and external memory aids (i.e., smartphones).
Mild Cognitive Impairment
Learning the Ropes for MCI is a 6-week intervention program aimed at older adults in the community who are experiencing mild memory decline often characterized as Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). The focus is on learning strategies to help improve memory functioning in everyday life. This program provides information about the effects of stress, relaxation, nutrition, and leisure activities on memory ability. Family members are encouraged to attend, and they receive separate sessions to provide additional information and support.
Interested clients require a physician referral to determine whether or not this program is appropriate for them.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, all group programming is currently suspended. However, services may be tailored to individual client needs.
Return to Work Support
The prospect of returning to work following an illness or injury (psychological or physical) can be a daunting and stressful experience. To assist you in your return to work or other roles of productivity, treatment often involves a collaboration between your employer, physician, and insurer (if applicable). It involves working through what caused you to stop working in the first place and increasing your readiness/tolerance for work duties that meet your functional abilities. A gradual return to work plan and recommendations for workplace adjustments or accommodations (temporary or permanent), may be required. Our team can assist you in navigating these details and support your successful transition back to work.