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 all have in common an overwhelmingly difficult experience to encounter or witness with a limited ability to fully respond in the way you needed to. 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 it was not your fault what happened and that you don’t have to live with it forever.
*It should be noted that for victims of sexual assault there is free counselling support via CCASA.
While many people find their way into counselling to help manage symptoms or for a crisis, many choose to stay (or seek out) to continue with Assured Psychology for their own personal growth and development. We are all human beings who have an incredible potential to grow, deepening into our own selves. Often people find themselves in their lives feeling empty, stuck, or simply wondering what is next after having achieved many of their goals. This is a wonderful opportunity to do rewarding work and while this is, for us all, a lifelong journey we would be happy to help you walk these next steps together.
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 women are, of course, also welcome, as are people of all genders, sexuality, ethnicity and beliefs. Daniel McMillan has much experience working with people of all types and welcomes them all.
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.