There are times in all of our lives when we encounter struggles, change and challenges that require extra support. Working from a cognitive behavioural approach Barbara offers counselling services to help individuals, couples and families through stressful experiences.
- Mental Health Counselling (anxiety, depression, psychosis, personality issues)
- Relationship Issues
- Parenting Struggles
Depression is a condition that changes you; how you think, how you feel and how you behave. You may have intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness and find no pleasure in life. It can impact every area of your life; however there is hope. Depression is not your fault and by seeking help you can take control of your symptoms. By utilizing a cognitive behavioural approach, Barbara will help you examine your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in order to help you manage your symptoms.
Anxiety lives within us all however when it gets out of control and impacts our daily lives, it is time to do something about it. There are many types of anxiety; perhaps you have always felt uncomfortable around people but now you find yourself avoiding social gatherings, staying home more often and may find even going to work or school difficult. Perhaps you have persistent worries or feelings that something bad is going to happen; or you may have to perform certain habits in order to feel secure.
Often avoiding what makes us feel anxious seems like the perfect solution; until we realize that avoidance doesn’t solve the issue. Eventually you need to address the anxiety or your world or your loved one’s world becomes isolated and lonely. Anxiety is common at all ages from children to seniors and while a child may avoid school and an adult may struggle to function at work there is a very effective treatment; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Research shows us that CBT is the most effective way to treat anxiety; combined with medication (if needed) the results are even better for managing this condition.
Having worked with children, teenagers and adults experiencing anxiety, as well as running an anxiety treatment group, Barbara has the experience and skills to help you or your family member manage their anxiety.
Having had the privilege to work within the early psychosis intervention program in Niagara for several years, Barbara has direct experience in helping young people and their families navigate an episode of psychosis. Psychosis is the experience of becoming out of touch with reality; seeing, hearing and experiencing things that are not real. There are many reasons why a person may experience psychosis such as; family history, head injury, drug use or health reasons.
An episode of psychosis can be extremely scary for the individual experiencing the symptoms but also for family and friends of that person. Having facilitated a family support group as well as working directly with family members and individuals experiencing psychosis, Barbara can offer support and practical solutions to the challenges faced.