Counselling and Psychological Therapy Services has carried the weight of negative stigma for centuries, really since it’s inception, as people who were thought to need “help” were usually quite serve in the presence of their symptoms. This stigma around counselling and psychological therapy services has created some distorted thoughts about accepting or seeking “help.” Yet, we all need help…it is not a weakness or a sign of ill health… but a recognition that you are capable of a belief that will strengthen you as you grow as an individual. The truth is that we all experience struggles in our life. Knowing that you can reach out and support yourself to learn your way through these experiences exudes STRENGTH and takes COURAGE. We invite you to Grow with Us…You Are Not ALONE.
WHO WE SERVICE
Our therapists work with people who live in the Communities of Edmonton and Surrounding Areas. We have also served many rural areas of Alberta. In our Practice, we are working to make our Communities healthier…One person, couple, and family at a time. We confidently annually serve over 1500 + people . Let us help you!
- Individuals (Adults, Adolescents, Children)
- Family Relationships
WHAT WE ADDRESS
BELOW we have listed some of the common issues addressed in our counselling and psychological therapy services. There may be additional reasons for people to seek counselling that do not appear on this list and are equally important to be addressed in therapy.
|Attachment||Grief & Loss|
|Eating Disorders & Nutritional Psychology||Parenting|
|Work & Life Stress||Sexuality & Gender Identity|
|Pre- & Post- Natal Adjustment||Post- Addiction Support|
|Pregnancy Support||Family Therapy|
|Divorce & Separation||Addictions|
WHAT WE SPECIALIZE IN
Our professional team of therapists offers a wide variety of therapeutic approaches to the issues presented by our clients. Below is a list and some descriptions of the specialized counselling and psychological therapy services our team offer.
|Play Therapy||Sandplay Therapy|
|Marital & Family Therapy||Nutritional Psychology
|Cognitive Behavioral Therapy||Emotion Focused Therapy|
|Cognitive Processing Therapy||Brief/Solution Focused Therapy|
PLAY THERAPY… Play therapy is designed to treat problems that are interfering with a child’s normal development and healthy functioning. Play provides a developmentally appropriate means of expression and communication for children that does not rely on under-developed verbal skills. It allows for the natural expression of their inner world, emotions, concerns, and wishes, through a symbolic and non-threatening modality that helps children to grow and heal at their own pace. The use of toys enables children to transfer anxieties, fears, fantasies, and guilt onto objects rather than people. In the process, children are safe from their own feelings and reactions because play enables children to distance themselves from disturbing events and experiences. Therapists recognize themes and patterns or ways of using the materials that are important to the child. Through the play process, the therapist helps the child to make meaning out of the play, which reflects his/her issues or difficulties.
SANDPLAY THERAPY… Sandplay Therapy is an experiential and creative psychotherapeutic approach for children, adolescents and adults that involves the creation of three dimensional images or worlds in the sandtray. Miniature figurines and natural items are arranged in categories on open shelves. These miniatures are used by clients and function as symbolic objects concretized in the sand during the creation of personalized sand worlds. The sandplay process gives conscious form to clients’ inner states and unconscious processes. The process facilitates the resolution of inner tensions that reside within a deep source of ones ‘being’ and the process of individuation. Aspirations Inc. has an area devoted to Play and Sandplay Therapy.
HYPNOTHERAPY… Hypnotherapy is used to create unconscious change in the clients in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviors or feelings. Generally, it can help individuals to break down internal barriers of old patterns and create possibilities for change that are resistant to conscious change. It can be a powerful process of natural unfolding that paces itself with the clients natural hesitancies so there is no blunt or shock to the individual. A wonderful self-development tool. Hypnotherapy has also long been used in relation to childbirth, an approach known today as Hypno-birthing. It is used during a pregnancy to prepare a mother and her supportive others for the birthing process, reduce anxiety, discomfort and pain. Modern hypnotherapy is widely accepted for the treatment of anxiety, subclinical depression, certain habit disorders, to control irrational fears, as well as in the treatment of conditions such as insomnia, eating disorders and addition. Hypnosis can also enhance recovery (or preparation for) from physical conditions such as after surgical procedures, and gastro-intestinal problems (i.e., IBS).
SENSORIMOTOR PSYCHOTHERAPY TREATMENT FOR TRAUMA… Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body centered form of therapy. It is particularly helpful in working with the effects of trauma and abuse, emotional pain, and limiting belief systems. When we experience trauma and cannot fight or flee to protect ourselves, we are left with the instinct to freeze. Years later we have thoughts and feelings that are frozen in time. Part of us believes that the best way to be safe is to shut down. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy utilizes the nervous system to move out of frozen or hyper states and into a more flexible and relaxed way of being.
HAKOMI… Hakomi is a body-centered, somatic psychotherapy. The body reveals the whole character and belief system of the individual, which becomes a powerful access route to unconscious core material. Hidden beliefs that shape our lives and relationships emerge safely into consciousness and are directly experienced and re-evaluated so that new dimensions of awareness can be integrated.
MINDFULNESS… Mindfulness refers to a state of being fully present in the moment, accepting each moment as it arises. It is a practice and a way of approaching life that encompasses certain attitudes such as acceptance, patience, non-judgement, and compassion for others and for ourselves. Mindfulness practice in psychology was inherited from the Buddhist tradition but brought forth under the umbrella of positive psychology. Mindfulness exercises are used as a powerful means of reducing detrimental emotional, neuro-cognitive, and physiological effects of stress, which enhances emotional and physical health and potentially alleviates a variety of mental and physical conditions.
CBT… Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an approach that addresses dysfunctional emotions, maladaptive behaviors and cognitive processes and contents through a number of goal-oriented, explicit systematic procedures. Therapy involves the identification of problematic thought patterns and related emotional reactions. It uses concrete strategies to find solutions that work towards changing thoughts, behavior and emotional responses to overcome the identified difficulties. This approach works well to offer new insights and perspectives to client issues.
NUTRITIONAL PSYCHOLOGY… An approach that supports clients who struggle in their relationship with food (overeating, undereating, binge eating, chronic dieting), body, and weight. Therapy would address issues with digestion, fatigue, mood and immunity.
MARITAL & FAMILY THERAPY… Our team draw from various approaches within family systems (e.g., Bowen ) and couples theories (e.g., Gottman theory for couples therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy) to support our clients. Bowen Family Systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. It is the nature of a family that its members are intensely connected emotionally. Gottman Theory supports clients to identify the elements of stability within their relationship and the interactive patterns that are creating conflict. Therapy supports clients to build relationship skills that promote closeness and deeper appreciation. Emotion Focused Therapy is a humanistically-based treatment that arose out of emotion theory and attachment theory. It assumes that we all have very deep needs for safe connection and emotional contact, and that when we don’t get those needs met we get stuck in very negative interactional patterns. Therapy focuses on how people deal with their emotions and how they send emotional signals to others, and then how this emotion becomes “the interactional dance” between partners, parent-child or sibling dyads. In therapy, clients learn to identify, experience, explore, understand, transform and manage their emotional experiences, within the context of an empathetically attuned relationship.