Areas of Specialization

Relationships

The  Reality Therapy (Choice Theory) approach to counselling posits that  every problem is fundamentally a relationship problem (Glasser, 1995).  We strive to empower you to bring the best of yourself to every  relationship, whether it be a partnership, common-law, marriage, family,  workplace, or business relationship.  With a focus on open  communication, building or re-establishing trust, increasing  understanding, and navigating conflicts, relationship is at the heart of  everything we do. Services available in English, French, and Spanish.  

Motor Vehicle Accidents

We help people overcome the shock and trauma associated with motor  vehicle accidents. In addition to the symptoms described above, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress, sleep disruptions, cognitive impairments,  driver or passenger anxiety are all common symptoms that may appear  following an MVA; sometimes they do not appear for several weeks or even  months after the accident. We will work with your rehabilitation team,  lawyers, physicians, and insurers to help you achieve optimal  functioning as soon as possible so you can get back to living your life. 

Trauma & PTSD

Trauma can occur as a result of catastrophic events such as the September 11th attacks, a violent robbery/home invasion, sexual assault, motor vehicle accident  or other event. It can also be the result of chronic intense stress such  as working in a high stress job, being a hostage or P.O.W., bullying,  military service, or other situations that  are long lasting and require  the brain to remain in a state of hyper-arousal for an extended period  of time. Symtoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder may include  flashbacks, nightmares, auditory and/or visual hallucinations,  heightened anxiety, hypervigilance, depression, and survivor guilt.   

We also work with First Responders to recover from the occupational stressors that may contribute to acute stress or post-traumatic stress disorder, and will assist you with transitioning back into the workplace after a traumatic event.  

Bullying

Have you been the target of strange, aggressive, or belittling behaviours at school or at work? Are you feeling stressed, depressed, or anxious because of these attacks? Workplace bullying can be defined as "repeated events and actions intended to offend,  humiliate, harass, cause the victim stress and demonstrate hostile or  aggressive behaviours" Einarsen (1999), and is identified  as "repetitive, abusive behaviour that devalues and harms people in the  work environment" (Barrow, 2009). In addition to providing counselling,  moral support, and effective coping strategies for toxic workplaces,  Julie Christiansen will educate and empower  clients who are experiencing bullying. We also treat children who engage in bullying behaviour (Anger Solutions for Kids),and children who have been the target  of bullying. Services available in English and Spanish.   

Marriage & Couples Counselling

Sometimes disagreements and disputes cannot be resolved without the help of an impartial third party intervenor. Sometimes, hurts and old emotional  wounds resurface and threaten to destroy the stability of a  relationship. We are happy to provide Marriage and Couples Counselling  Services provided by Norelis Alvarez and Amanda Riley. Services are available in English and Spanish.

Anger Solutions

We provide Anger Solutions counselling for adults (age 18+), teens (aged 13-17), and children (aged  9-12). We accept referrals from individuals, physicians, rehabilitation  professionals, and from probation and parole services. Self-referrals  are welcome. Group sessions are also available. Learn more about Anger  Solutions by visiting www.angersolution.com. Julie Christiansen, who developed the Anger Solutions Program is our resident specialist; however, Amanda Riley and Norelis Alvarez are also certified in the program. Our Anger Solutions for  Kids Group runs (on demand) for six weeks at a time, one night per week.  Anger Solutions is also offered in Spanish with Norelis Alvarez. This program is fee for service. Call for more information. 

Biofeedback Therapy

Stress and emotional distress have an impact on your body. When you are dealing with stress or anxiety your body may experience a fight-or-flight reaction, where your body quickly prepares itself to confront or escape a threatening situation by increasing your heart rate and respiration, altering blood flow, tensing muscles, and causing the palms of your hands to perspire and feel cold. 


Biofeedback is a way to measure and learn to manage your body’s response to stress and anxiety. Elizabeth Stoakley is our resident specialist in Biofeedback. Sensors placed on the hands can measure sweat gland activity and temperature, and this information is used to help you change the state of your body in order to feel relaxed and in control. Biofeedback can help you learn to manage your emotions, to cope with generalized and specific anxiety, with recovery from trauma, and management of chronic pain.

Life Coaching

If you are dissatisfied with your current reality and looking to enhance your personal, work or academic experience then an appointment with our Certified Life Coach Amanda Riley may be what you’re looking for. Amanda can help you gain a new perspective, discover new opportunities and take the necessary steps to create the life you’ve always wanted. Our Life Coaching services will leave you feeling empowered, uplifted, encouraged and strongly supported. 

Learning Disability Screening

We offer a non-diagnostic screening tool for learning disabilities. It is for the purposes of gathering information based on your insights, previous, and current academic experiences. It provides one form of data to be considered in determining how to assist you further. The screening tool is administered by Amanda Riley who has a background in school and educational counselling including special education.