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.
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 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 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.
We are on the preferred list of providers for the OPPA, NRPS, Badge of Life, and Boots on the Ground.
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, our therapists 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, Spanish, Gujarati, Hindi, and Urdu.
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 provided by Norelis Alvarez, Lenore Walker, and Gulzar Firashta, who is certified in the Gottman Model. Services are available in English, Spanish, Gujarati, Hindi, and Urdu.
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, Norelis Alvarez is also certified in the program, and offers the Anger Solutions in Spanish. This program is fee for service. Call for more information.
Leah Hageman and Gulzar Firashta are both skilled in working with teens and young adults aged 15+. Whether the challenge is depression, anxiety, sleep issues, anger, grief and loss, or resolving adverse childhood experiences, Gulzar and Leah are available to provide diverse and client-centered interventions to assist each client with resolving their unique challenges.
Spa for the Soul is proud to be a part of the movement to making psychotherapy and mental health services accessible to all. Our building is fully accessible, and we provide secure, PHIPA approved virtual services for those who cannot get out due to coronavirus, or for those who live outside of our regional municipality.
We offer a sliding fee scale to those who may be struggling financially - these are difficult times we live in! To ensure that you are able to secure timely, affordable therapy, speak with your therapist at the point of intake about your financial situation and we will negotiate a rate that is mutually satisfactory based on your need.
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Critical incident stress management is a system of crisis intervention intended to minimize psychological damage that may occur after unusual and stressful events such as school violence, incidents involving law enforcement, natural disasters or other events resulting in multiple injuries and/or loss of life.
Critical incident stress debriefing is intended to support those who are prone to trauma exposure as well as those who have experienced an intensely traumatic event.
In turbulent times, skilled professionals equipped with knowledge, skill, and empathy are needed to help people make sense of the events that occurred and to unpack their emotional responses safely and in a supported space.
Contact Julie Christiansen to learn more about how to access this service.