“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
At Discovery Psychology Counselling and Psychological Services, we provide individual counselling for issues including, but not limited to:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
We work with children, youth and adults using a variety of theoretical frameworks; such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and others. Web-cam and phone sessions are available.
At Discovery Psychology Counselling and Psychological Services, we provide couples counselling for issues including, but not limited to:
We work with couples from a variety of framework including Gottman, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology and others.
Couples counselling is an excellent opportunity for couples to have a safe environment to learn new skills, explore challenges in the relationship, build positive feelings and rekindle a spark.
Workshops & Presentations
At Discovery Psychology Counselling and Psychological Services, we provide workshops and presentations for a variety of issues including, but not limited to:
Workshops occur periodically throughout the year; while presentations can be requested by individuals or organizations. If you are interested in a presentation, please contact us to discuss your needs and goals.
We follow the recommended rate for Psychologists in Alberta of $200 per 50 minute session.
However, we recognize that for some this cost makes it impossible to work with a counsellor. For this reason, we do offer sliding fee rates as an exception. Additionally, we are able to direct bill a variety of health benefits providers.
One of the main goals with a first session is to help you and your therapist to get to know one another and to help you to begin to feel at ease. A typical first session involves reviewing paperwork, an opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about paperwork, your therapist or counselling and, a discussion about what brought you in for therapy.
In the beginning, sessions will typically occur weekly. However, the goal is that as you feel progress, we reduce the frequency until no further sessions are required. Most individuals do not require weekly therapy for very long.
Research shows that working with a qualified Psychologist or Counsellor helps most people to make progress towards goals. Therapy does not guarantee goal achievement, but for most it means making steady progress towards them.
Interestingly, one of the best predictors of success is how well you connect with your therapist. Many studies show that this connection is more important than the specific skills and therapeutic model that are used.
MD’s and Psychiatrists are able to prescribe medication in Alberta. We can discuss the medications you are taking and I can make a recommendation to work with a doctor to prescribe medication. However, I am unable to provide specific recommendations regarding the specific medication that you should be taken, guidelines for dosage, or any other specific details regarding your use of prescription medications.
Certain mental health issues are best treated with a combination of therapy and medications. However, for most mental health issues medication is not required. Most studies indicate that psychological interventions can be as effective as medication for things like depression and anxiety, but with less likelihood of relapse. For some, therapy alone is insufficient to reach the baseline mood that they are looking for. In these cases, exploring a combination of medication and psychotherapy make sense, and often the combination results in better rates of success than either alone.
Ultimately, if you are opposed to medication it would only be recommended after other strategies have been tried and you still have not achieved your goals.