Counselling and Assessment Services
At East Plains Counselling & Assessment Registered Psychologists and Counsellors provide a range of services for children, youth, adults, couples and families. Support, Counselling, Intervention, and Treatment are offered in many different areas including:
- Family Issues
- Teen Issues
- Parent-Teen Conflict
- Parenting Support
- Child Behavior Difficulties
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Anxiety (Social, OCD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
- Mood Disorders
- Health & Lifestyle Issues
- Stress Management
- Life Transitions
- Divorce Issues
- Co-parenting Issues (Planning & Support)
- Organization & Time Management
- Marital/Relationship Challenges
- Work/Life Balance
- Work Related Stress
- Return to Work (Planning & Support)
- Transgender, LGBTQ & Gender Diversity issues
East Plains Counselling & Assessment offers additional clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and psychoeducation in the following areas:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Mood Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Cognitive Abilities (strengths & weaknesses)
- Behavioral Problems
- Adaptive Functioning
Do I need a referral?
- You do NOT need a referral to schedule an appointment
- Services are covered through many EAP/EFAP providers and insurance companies
- Some health insurance plans require a physician referral before providing reimbursement of fees. Please check with your provider to see if this applies to you.
- We accept credit card, debit, and some clinicians accept e-transfer. A receipt is provided upon payment.
Counselling is provided to children, youth, adults and families. Our psychologists and counsellors are trained in a variety of methodologies and techniques.
We believe that a safe, supportive and fun environment must be created for children to best heal and develop new skills. We use a variety of techniques, activities, and approaches to help children learn to be happy, healthy and successful in their home, school and extracurricular environments. Some examples of some client favorites are:
- Mindfulness & Relaxation exercises
- Stories & role play
- Social skills based strategies
- Art & Self-expression activities
- Interactive Games
- Sand play
- “App” and technology based exercises and record keeping
A key component to successful work with children is parental involvement and support. We alternate time during sessions between parent(s) and child so that parents develop the knowledge and understanding to support the skills their child is learning. We believe this approach is necessary to best support growth, healing and learning.
If you or a family member has been referred for psychological testing, you may have questions about what to expect. On the other hand, you may have heard about psychological testing and wonder if you or a family member should be tested.
In many ways, psychological testing and assessment are similar to medical tests. If a patient has physical symptoms, a doctor may order x-rays or blood tests to understand what is causing the symptoms. Psychological evaluations serve a similar purpose. Psychologists use tests and other assessment tools to measure and observe a client’s behavior to arrive at a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Psychologists administer tests for a wide variety of reasons. Adults experiencing mood disorders, children experiencing difficulties at school, a person having problems at work, a teenager struggling with peers; these are all examples of areas that warrant assessment. The underlying cause of a person’s problems is not always clear. Psychological tests and assessments allow a psychologist to understand the nature of a problem, and to figure out the best way to address it.
What is a psychoeducational assessment?
A psychoeducational assessment is usually recommended when a child is not doing well in school. Parents may hear from teachers that their child is having difficulty paying attention, is restless, does not complete schoolwork, has difficulties with organization and taking initiative, is not meeting their full-potential, or is performing below grade level in reading, writing, or math. At home, children may be irritable or uncooperative, may refuse to do their homework, may complain of not liking school, and may appear sad and/or anxious. A psychoeducational assessment is conducted to help explain the causes of these difficulties.
The results of the assessment and recommendations for intervention are presented in a detailed written report, and are shared with parents (and even the child themselves) in a feedback session. Phone consultation may also occur with the child’s school.
Adapted from apa.org
What is a psychological assessment?
Psychological assessment is a process of testing and information gathering that uses a combination of methods to help arrive at a diagnosis about a person and their behavior, personality, and capabilities. Psychological assessments can be formal with a written report provided to the client or they can involve informal rating scales and behavioral observations.