Depression and anxiety following stroke is all too common, and many do not receive treatment for this. We can work with you to develop strategies to face these challenges and (re)build your life.
After a stroke, many people report or family members notice changes to thinking and perception. We can help to identify and work with you and your family to navigate through these challenges.
Worried about your memory or perhaps already been diagnosed with dementia? We can work with you or your family to find strategies to live your life despite changes to your memory.
Each person's stroke is individual, with no two being exactly the same. What is common is that many people feel very socially isolated following their injuries. We will work with you to foster the skills to reintegrate following your injury.
No matter the neurological challenge, we can work with you to find strategies to compensate and (re)build the best you possible.
Often a person does not know exactly why they are having difficulties with their mental health. We can work with you to identify challenges and develop strategies to improve coping, or reassure you that you are on the right track already.
Our assessment process is comprehensive and includes incorporation of medical, neurological, and psychological aspects of an individual's life to develop a holistic understanding of an individual. Each person's assessment is individualized to meet their specific needs and challenges. We will work with you to find the right diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that works for you.
We provide individualized psychotherapy to meet the needs of the individual. We are experienced with many types of challenges, from coping with life changes following neurological challenge (e.g., stroke, brain injury) as well as mental health challenges that intensified or became exacerbated by neurological challenges (e.g., depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, etc.).
Life after neurological disruption can be quite different, scary, and challenging. We will work with you to begin retraining your nervous system or develop compensatory strategies to meet your needs. You do not need to do this alone.
Should you be interested in the types of therapy approaches we utilize, our clinicians have training and experience in a number of psychotherapy modalities, including:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT),
- Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT),
- Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD
- Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD
We offer small group therapy for 4-5 people at time. Please let us know if you might be interested in this. Most groups last 1.5 hours.
1) Survivor Group Psychotherapy
This group provides survivors of neurological disruption an opportunity to discuss challenges they are facing and receive feedback and strategies from other survivors. Furthermore, during these discussions, clinicians will provide brief psychoeducation about various topics, including but not limited to: coping with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and difficulties with sleep. Special topics will also include mindfulness and relaxation training.
2) Support group for family members
This group provides family members who are supporting loved ones living with a stroke or dementia an opportunity to discuss and process challenges they are experiencing, learn how to experience and cope with grief, and work to share strategies for helping their loved ones while still living their life. Clinicians will help to explain why certain behaviours occur from a neurological perspective and how one can best cope with these behaviours.
Neurorehabilitation is the therapeutic process of working to have the nervous system injury rebuild and repair itself, as well as to develop strategies to minimize and/or compensate for any functional alterations resulting from neural injury. We will work with you to optimize recovery and/or limit further losses all while developing strategies to get you closer to your goals.
Our personal philosophy is to utilize as little medication as necessary; however, we know and have seen profound benefits from the use of the right medication at the right dosages. We will work with you to find the right medication if and when it is needed.
Should you be coming in with a lot of medication, we can work with you to determine if all of it is still required and whether any of them can be reduced or all together eliminated. We will work with your doctors to accomplish this goal.