the path to peaceful living
Life's path can be difficult for all of us at times. When faced with stressful life events, particularly if they occur in a cluster, we may become anxious, angry, fearful and/or depressed; these feelings then lead us to behave destructively or distractedly. Dwelling on or pushing feelings away each take a lot of mental energy and effort, and those underlying issues are never truly gone - they simply lurk in the shadows, unresolved and ready to emerge at any time.
Therapy can benefit most people at some point in their lives. You don’t have to be crazy – you just have to be human. No matter how bright, talented, motivated or competent we are, life sometimes feels overwhelming. Therapy can help us deal with specific, time-limited issues or conflicts; get us through a period of intense crisis; teach us life-enhancing coping skills; reduce psychiatric symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety, mood lability, burnout); improve our relationships; or allow us to work through longstanding emotional issues. With some dedication and a skilful, empathic therapist, incredible changes are possible!
The West Island Neuropsychology and Counseling Centre comprises professionals from varied backgrounds offering individual and group therapy to both adults and children. Most experienced therapists take an eclectic approach to treatment, and in that vein, our team offers Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Meditation, Couple and Family Therapy, Parent Counseling, Group Therapy, Vocational Counseling, Addictions Counseling, Art, Drama and Music Therapy, Neurotherapies and Hypnotherapy. We also have an experienced, licensed dietitian available for pediatric and adult consultations.
The therapeutic relationship is clearly professional, but it still is a relationship. Make sure you feel comfortable with your therapist; if not, find a new one! There are many different approaches, styles and personalities to choose from, so look for the right fit. Don’t be afraid to ask about credentials and experience, fees, how sessions work (e.g., duration, frequency, cancellation policy), and so on. And if your therapist says or does something upsetting, or if you’re not happy about the way things are going, don't be afraid to talk about it. These discussions may be difficult, but they often lead to important progress.
Note that all psychological and some psychotherapy services are eligible for private insurance coverage. Make sure to ask your insurance company how much coverage you are entitled to per family member, per calendar year. You may also want to verify when your coverage year begins (it is not always January), and if there is a fee limit per session. Psychology and certain other receipts can also be included as medical expenses for income tax - check with your accountant to be sure.
ABOUT Mindfulness Meditation
As humans, we often make tough situations worse for ourselves by dwelling on the past, projecting into the future (the "what if's"), blaming or judging ourselves, or obsessing over how terrible things are. We are so often rehashing or rehearsing that we forget to live in the moment! These thinking patterns turn pain into suffering.
Mindfulness teaches a new way of responding to difficult feelings. The idea is to explore whatever feelings, thoughts and sensations occur without over-reacting; all we do is notice. Interestingly, the less we fear or avoid bad feelings, the more quickly and easily they seem to dissipate. Learning to face, not fear, life's ups and downs allows for more joy and inner peace with less anxiety and stress. Mindfulness Meditation also teaches us to fully appreciate our lives and to show greater kindness to ourselves and to others. Non-invasive, empirically supported and something you can do anywhere, anytime. What could be better?
ABOUT Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
ABA is an evidence-based, "best practice" treatment for children with autism and behaviour problems. Using a set of principles based on “laws of behaviour” and how learning takes place, ABA therapy helps to increase useful or desired behaviours. These laws are also used to help reduce harmful or disruptive behaviours, increase language and communication skills, and improve attention, focus, social skills, memory and academics.
ABA methods support persons with autism in a variety of ways:
❧ Teach skills to replace problem behaviours, so your child can learn what to do, not just what to stop doing.
❧ Increase positive, prosocial behaviours and reduce interfering behaviours.
❧ When necessary, modify others' responses that could unintentionally be rewarding problem behaviour.
❧ Increase your child’s academic, social and self-help skills.
❧ Improve the ability to focus on tasks, comply with instructions and increase motivation to perform.
❧ Generalize or transfer behaviour from one situation or response to another (e.g., from home to classroom).
Contact us for more information or to arrange for ABA support at home, in school or at daycare.