Counselling

Counselling Services for Individuals and Couples

First and foremost we see our clients as hurt human-beings trying to do the best they can with what they have truly accessible to them at the time.

Intro to Counselling

Counselling for Adults, Couples, & Older Teens

At Assured Psychology we are blessed to be able to provide counselling services for individuals (adults/older teens) and couples. We are also able to offer family counselling if needed. No matter the mental health or relationship concern, we approach every client from a de-stigmatizing supportive approach.

Through compassionate, effective, and non-judgmental counselling we help people improved their lives, their relationships, and their suffering.

The values that inform our therapeutic approach are:

  • Treat all people with dignity, respect and care. This is a human right.
  • Treat the underlying pain (and the defenses to the pain), not just the symptoms
  • Attachment, trauma-informed, and humanistic based approaches
  • Under the right conditions all people strive for peace, well-being, and betterment
To change the world takes time;
To change yourself takes courage.

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.


Anxiety/Panic

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns that people experience. While anxiety has several forms it typically shows itself as a sense of uneasiness, nervousness, fears (both rational and irrational), bodily sensations such as sweating, shaking, numbness, dizziness or panic, and often a general underlying sense of being not enough or fear of failure or judgement from others. It can also have more specific expressions of fears such as phobias and panic. Panic attacks can be a specific form of anxiety as well. We have work for years with the various expressions and experiences of anxiety and would be happy to help you with yours.

Depression

Depression can be a debilitating and very difficult experience. Most people experience this as a general sense of weightiness and sense of being down. They tend to feel a lack of joy or motivation in their daily activities and lives, like they are fighting an uphill battle simply to get through the day. Depression, like other concerns, can show itself in different ways but similar to anxiety often it has a deep sense is that you are failing or not good enough or are broken. This is a painful experience and if you’d like we are here to help.

Couples Counselling

Many people are feeling unhappy, hurt, stuck, and unsure of how to proceed in their relationship. Or perhaps you are simply wanting to expand and deepen your connection with your loved one. At Assured Psychology with practice Emotionally Focused Couples therapy which is the gold standard in couples counselling empirically. We help you begin to see the issue for what it truly is and then find a way to reconnect with the person you long to be connected with. This is work in which our therapist(s) has much training and experience and would be happy to help you with. Couples of all backgrounds and sexual orientations are welcome.

Trauma

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 http://www.calgarycasa.com

Personal Growth

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 whom 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’s Issues

Men need support and counselling too. They have feelings and pain like all people but are often are 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 re-connect 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.

Other Issues

Many other mental and emotional issues bring people into counselling, as well as many other forms of crisis. These could include other mental health disorders such as bipolar disorder, experiences such as grief, or crisis’ such as a natural disaster. It may also include family crisis’ or issues that you would support with. Lead psychologist Daniel McMillan and his associate(s) have an extensive history working with various mental health concerns in many different settings and could likely support you. If you are unsure please feel free to contact us to ask about your specific issue. We welcome you to do so.


Book An Appointment

We would love to connect with you to help you achieve your goals and find some peace. Book your next appointment online.

No matter how long your journey appears to be, there is never more than this: one step, one breath, one moment…Now.

-Eckhart Tolle