We match a competent approach with a warm, empathetic relationship to help the client(s) change. Emotionally Focused Therapy is the primary approach, with additional therapies based on the client’s needs.Some of the other additional styles we use are Positive Psychology, Gottman, Humanism, Solutions-focused, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and IFS.
The values that inform our therapeutic approach are:
Therapy is about the right fit between your needs and the therapist’s approach. We feel we do a good job of this, so if you have any further questions please feel free to contact us. We look forward to working with you and helping you reach your goals.
There are various forms of trauma but they all share an overwhelmingly distressing event experienced or witnessed by a person. Then the pain of this experience gets trapped at least partially in our bodies, hearts and minds. Whether it be “big T” Trauma or “little t” trauma (meaning either significant event(s) or chronic, ongoing difficult circumstances) it can leave a lasting mark on people, particularly while the pain remains buried. Trauma can show itself in a variety of difficult ways including emotional instability and shutdown, sensitivity of particular senses (sound, touch, etc), being easily triggered, panic, anger, sometimes nightmares or flashbacks, and other symptoms. It is important to know that what happened was not your fault and you do not have to live with it forever.
*It should be noticed that for survivors of sexual assault there is free counselling support via CCASA.
Men need support and counselling too. They have feelings and pain like all people but are often struggling to find a way to cope with their suffering (or that of those around them) while adhering to strict rules of masculinity. Lead psychologist Dan McMillan identifies with this struggle and enjoys helping men learn to reconnect to these parts of themselves that they have disallowed or disowned over the years.
*It should be noted that all genders, sexualities, ethnicities, and beliefs are welcome. Our team has much experience working with people from all walks of life and welcomes everyone.
Sex and intimacy can be challenging for many individual and couples. While traditional couples therapy addresses this to some degree, sometimes a more specific approach is needed for couples. Individuals with concerns, questions or exploring this part of themselves also can benefit from sex therapy. If you are interested in learning more about this please reach out to us or book an appointment directly online with a talented sex therapist Konstantinos Chondros, PhD.
The average person spends more time at work that in any other activity in their life other than possibly sleeping. Finding and navigating a rewarding career is important. Career counselling is aimed at helping support individuals in navigating these challenges, whether it is choosing a new career path, making difficult career decisions, or exploring potential opportunities in your current path.
It can be difficult to be a teenager, as well as to raise one. Teen’s have to face many issues today including anxiety, depression, pressures, stress, technology, bullying, social media relationships, puberty, etc, and they do so in a rapidly changing world. Parents or caregivers are simultaneously trying to navigate these issues as best they can. Often one or both groups could use some support. At Assured Psychology many of our therapists have significant experience with these issues and working with the teenage population. We focus on helping teen’s cope with difficult situations, as well as helping parents strengthen their relationship with their child during these difficult times. If you feel you or your teen might be a fit, we’d be happy to connect with you.
Navigating challenging behaviors in youth including but not limited to OCD, defiance, unusual traits, and other presentations is difficult. If you feel you could use support in this, we are here to help.
Psychological assessments are an important tool to better understand and approach specific challenges and abilities. Their purpose is to help make peoples’ lives better by providing them valuable information about themselves. See Assessments page for more information.