What We Treat
Here at Barrhaven Psychological Services, our clinicians are trained to work with a variety of presenting difficulties and disorders. Please see below for some examples of topics that are frequently addressed in sessions.
Some 2.5% of adults struggle with severe difficulties with concentration, organization, and staying on task – many of whom were never identified or treated as children. We can provide you with a cost-effective assessment to determine if those difficulties are, in fact, ADHD.
And, whether you are in need of a diagnosis or have already been diagnosed, we can also help you develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. There are a variety of skills and strategies that can be used, either on their own or in combination with medication from your physician, that can help you feel better and do better at work. We can also help you complete the process of requesting accommodations for your employer.
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Creating a treatment plan for a child with ADHD requires a comprehensive approach involving various strategies and interventions. It's essential to involve the child's guardians, teachers, and healthcare professionals to ensure a well-rounded plan. A comprehensive plan can often include a child and parent therapy, psychoeducation, school support, modifying the environment at home and school and learning strategies to manage one's symptoms. Remember that every child with ADHD is unique, and their treatment plan should be tailored to their individual needs and strengths. Patience, understanding, and consistent support are essential in helping a child with ADHD thrive and reach their full potential.
Anxiety is a natural and common emotional response that arises when we face uncertain or challenging situations. It's like our body's alert system, getting us ready to deal with things that might be a bit tough. However, when anxiety becomes overwhelming or starts popping up even when there's no real danger, it can become a challenge. The good news is, there are strategies and support available to manage anxiety and help individuals lead more comfortable and fulfilling lives In therapy, clinicians employ proven techniques to address anxiety in a thoughtful and structured manner. Through conversations, they help individuals better understand their anxiety triggers and patterns. Our clinicians introduce effective strategies, such as deep breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, and gradual exposure to anxiety-provoking situations. They work collaboratively to reshape negative thought patterns and replace them with healthier perspectives. By tailoring treatment plans to each person's unique needs, clinicians create a supportive environment for learning and practicing new skills that empower individuals to manage their anxiety and regain a sense of control over their lives.
Clinicians approach grief in therapy with sensitivity and compassion, recognizing that the experience of loss is unique for each individual. Through a safe and supportive environment, they encourage clients to express their feelings, memories, and concerns related to the loss. By actively listening and validating these emotions, clinicians help individuals navigate the complex journey of grief. They provide coping strategies to manage the waves of sadness, anger, and confusion that can accompany grief, while also assisting clients in finding ways to honor and remember their loved ones. Through personalized therapy plans, psychologists empower individuals to gradually find healing, acceptance, and a renewed sense of purpose as they navigate the process of grieving.
At BPS, our clinicians adopt a collaborative and educational approach in working with parents and create a space where parents can openly discuss their concerns, questions, and goals. Using evidence-based strategies and effective communication techniques, clinicians help parents build strong connections with their children while fostering a positive and supportive family dynamic. They offer guidance on setting boundaries, managing behavior, and promoting healthy development, tailoring their advice to the unique needs and values of each family. By equipping parents with practical tools and insights, clinicians empower them to navigate various parenting challenges, build resilience, and cultivate nurturing environments where children can thrive emotionally, socially, and academically.
Clinicians address depression in therapy with a comprehensive and individualized approach. They create a safe and empathetic environment where clients can openly discuss their feelings, thoughts, and experiences. By actively listening and validating their emotions, clinicians help clients gain insight into the root causes of their depression. Through evidence-based techniques, they assist individuals in developing coping skills to manage the symptoms of depression, such as low mood, fatigue, and lack of interest in activities. Clinicians collaborate with clients to challenge negative thought patterns and foster healthier perspectives, while also exploring potential lifestyle changes that can positively impact mental well-being. Ultimately, clinicians work to empower clients to regain a sense of agency, enhance their self-esteem, and work towards a brighter future free from the grip of depression.
Many students finish high school, and start College and university, not having developed the academic skills, strategies and habits that are needed to succeed school and realize their full potential. We can develop an approach that blends both academic skills alongside social and emotional coping skills to assist young people in getting the most out of school both in terms of enjoyment and academic success. In six weeks, we can get you started on learning a number of life-changing skills that will benefit students during their school years as well as throughout their life. Academic skills include goal setting, storyboarding and strategies to foster active recall to name a few, as well as emotional coping skills, including relaxation breathing and mindfulness, fact checking, and knowing how and when to talk to teachers and ask for help.
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Chronic Health Difficulties
Our clinicians approach chronic health difficulties in therapy with a holistic and empathetic perspective. Recognizing the profound impact that chronic health conditions can have on emotional and mental well-being, they provide a safe space for individuals to express their concerns, fears, and frustrations. Through active listening and validation, clinicians help clients navigate the emotional challenges that often accompany chronic health issues, such as stress, anxiety, and depression. By developing coping strategies tailored to each individual's unique situation, they empower clients to manage the emotional toll of their condition while promoting resilience and self-care. Clinicians also collaborate with clients to explore ways of adapting to the changes brought about by their health difficulties and fostering a sense of empowerment and control over their lives. Through this collaborative journey, clinicians support clients in enhancing their emotional well-being, improving their quality of life, and finding a renewed sense of purpose despite the challenges they face.
In working with difficulties with emotion regulation, our clinicians adopt a compassionate and skill-based approach. Recognizing that difficulties in managing emotions can significantly impact daily functioning, they provide clients with practical tools and strategies to recognize, understand, and regulate their feelings effectively. Through psychoeducation, psychologists help clients develop insight into the triggers and patterns of emotional dysregulation. By teaching mindfulness techniques, deep breathing exercises, and cognitive restructuring, they empower clients to navigate emotional responses in healthier and more adaptive ways. Psychologists collaborate with clients to identify personal strengths and develop tailored coping skills, fostering emotional resilience and a greater sense of control over their reactions. Through ongoing support and guidance, they work to equip individuals with the tools needed to cultivate emotional well-being and improve their overall quality of life.
Loss and Transitions
Mental health professionals play a vital role in providing support to individuals grappling with the challenges of loss and transitions. Through a compassionate and empathetic approach, they offer a safe space for clients to process their emotions and navigate the complexities of grief and change. By utilizing evidence-based techniques and therapeutic strategies, mental health professionals guide individuals in understanding their feelings, fostering healthy coping mechanisms, and gradually adapting to new circumstances. They facilitate a healing journey that promotes resilience, self-discovery, and the development of strategies to navigate the emotional impact of loss and life transitions. Through collaborative efforts, mental health professionals work to empower clients to find meaning, restore emotional well-being, and move forward with renewed strength and insight.
Maximizing Wellbeing & Happiness
Clinicians play a pivotal role in assisting clients on their journey to enhance happiness and overall well-being. By creating a supportive and nonjudgmental environment, they encourage clients to explore their strengths, values, and aspirations. Through evidence-based interventions, clinicians guide individuals in developing practical strategies to manage stress, cultivate mindfulness, and foster positive emotions. They work collaboratively to identify areas of personal growth and set achievable goals, empowering clients to make meaningful changes that contribute to their overall happiness and life satisfaction. With their expertise, clinicians provide tools that enable clients to build resilience, enhance self-awareness, and navigate challenges, ultimately guiding them towards a more fulfilling and balanced life.
Coping with Trauma
Most people, at some point in their lives, will face some kind of traumatic event. You may have dealt with some form of abuse growing up, experienced a traumatic event or injury later in life, or been exposed to years of mistreatment or even the abuse of others, which has finally pushed you past your ability to manage. Traumatic responses can occur immediately after a traumatic event or appear for the first-time years later. Trauma can affect every part of your life, your moods, relationships, and how you respond to events and situations.
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