My Treatment Process Edmonton Psychologist
You are the expert in your own life, and my work with you is reliant on combining what you know about yourself with my knowledge and expertise in the areas of mental health, therapy, and psychology. You may be seeking counselling or therapy for depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, or something else entirely. Regardless of what it is you are looking for help with, I would like to understand what is affecting you, and what negative impact any symptoms are having on your mental health. The goal in doing so is to identify the correct therapy or counselling treatment to help you live the best, happiest, and most enriching life possible. Greenspan Psychology in Edmonton provides free consultations. If you are looking to connect with a psychologist in Edmonton, call or email me to discuss how counselling may benefit you.
Ultimately, it’s your choice, your time, and I am here as a resource to help you deal with whatever is negatively affecting your life; whether that may be associated with depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), ADHD, bipolar disorder or problems in a relationship. With my experience and knowledge as a registered psychologist, these areas of mental health are my specialty. If you feel you could be experiencing any of these mental health problems, we can work together to find solutions.
As a psychologist in Edmonton, my treatment starts with you. There is no pressure to commit and if you feel counselling or therapy is the avenue to improving your life, please contact me for a free phone consultation and we’ll go from there. My clinic is dedicated to creating an open space where everyone feels welcome and comfortable.
How do I know I need a psychologist's help?
Are you constantly worrying about a loved one, yourself, your job, or simply spending too much time thinking about negative outcomes in your life? Does your mind seem to race or struggle to slow down? These can be signs and symptoms of mental health problems such as anxiety or ADHD.
Is it tough to focus on a certain task, whether it is a simple daily chore, a conversation between friends and family, or a job at work? Negative overriding thoughts and emotions impacting your mental health may be to blame for this. As an Edmonton psychologist, I can help as well as to provide a safe place to talk about why these thoughts are interfering with your life.
Do you find your moods shifting, extremely happy one moment, angry, irritable or depressed not too long after? As a trusted and registered psychologist in Edmonton, I want to help get to the bottom of why you have these constant mood swings. These types of changes in mood are common in mental health issues related to Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. There is help and it starts with a simple discussion and conversation.
The feeling of utter sadness and helplessness can be overwhelming and can destroy relationships and make day-to-day life a major struggle. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There is a reason you feel this way and it stems from thoughts, experiences and how you cope with them. These are often thoughts and feelings associated with depression and PTSD. With my expertise and your willingness towards positive change, together we can help begin the treatment process of discovering why you feel sad or helpless in the first place.
Alcohol and drugs often become a coping strategy for those struggling with mental health problems. They become a great way to numb and avoid thoughts and emotions. They may seem like a solution, but ultimately, they are not and they may create even more issues. Change starts with a simple conversation, understanding what led to using drugs and alcohol followed by developing healthier coping strategies within counselling. Inside the friendly confines of my Edmonton office, we can discuss this.
Psychologists and clients work together. The right match is important. Most psychologists agree that an important factor in determining whether or not to work with a particular psychologist, once that psychologist’s credentials and competence are established, is your level of personal comfort and ability to connect with that psychologist. A good rapport with your psychologist is critical. Choose one with whom you feel comfortable and at ease.
A psychologist studies how we think, feel and behave from a scientific viewpoint and applies this knowledge to help people understand, explain and change their behaviour through therapy.
The main difference between a psychiatrist and psychologist is the training. A psychiatrist is a licensed medical doctor who has gone on to specialize in psychiatry and mental health disorders. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications. The cost of services by a psychiatrist is covered by provincial health care.
Psychologists do not have to train as medical doctors in order to be licensed. In Alberta, psychologists must have at least a master’s degree in psychology. Furthermore, psychologists cannot prescribe medications. In Alberta, Registered Psychologists are licensed by and professionally and ethically regulated by the College of Alberta Psychologists. The cost of services provided by a Registered Psychologist is typically not covered by our provincial health care.
All counselling and therapy sessions are confidential, except for a few limits which I am legally bound to follow. Limits to confidentiality generally involve a court order that would require me as a psychologist to provide information for legal proceedings. Other limits included are if a client or someone else poses an immediate danger to himself or herself or another person, or if there is a potential of abuse/neglect towards any minor person. Any limits to confidentiality will be fully discussed in our first therapy session, which are also outlined in my consent document.
I require 24 hours notice to cancel an appointment. Cancellations under 24 hours and/or missed appointments will be billed at my hourly rate.
If you feel an overwhelming and prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness, and your problems do not seem to get better despite your efforts and help from family and friends then therapy is likely for you. If you find it difficult to carry out everyday activities, such as:
- Concentrating on assignments at work and your job performance is suffering as a result
- If you worry excessively, expect the worst or are constantly on edge
- If your actions are harmful to yourself or to others: for instance, you are drinking too much alcohol, abusing drugs or becoming overly argumentative and aggressive
On average, most people will attend 6-12 counselling sessions before ending therapy. Some individuals find that just one therapy session can create significant change in their lives. Each person who comes for counselling or therapy will be different in terms of their needs and what benefit they get from therapy. For some people, the number of therapy sessions may be lower or higher. I will never tell you that you can no longer come for treatment. I realize that from time to time individuals want to come in a year or two later for a booster therapy session.