We support folks presenting with a variety of concerns across the life span, including:
● Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
● Attachment and Parenting support
● Autism Spectrum Disorder
● Behaviour Challenges
● Burn Out
● Compassion Fatigue
● Divorce and Separation
● Grief and Loss
● Medical Trauma
● Obsessive and Compulsive Disorder
● Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma
● Relationship challenges
● Postpartum Anxiety
● Postpartum Depression
● Pregnancy Loss
● Workplace Stress
Our clinicians are trained in the following approaches:
● Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
● Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
● Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
● Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization (EMDR)
● Equine Therapy
● Emotionally Focused Family Therapy
● Gottman Method Couples Therapy
● Play Therapy
● Solution Focused Therapy
● Walk and Talk Therapy
Individual therapy involves working one on one with a trained mental health practitioner in a supportive, authentic and confidential space. Individual therapy is offered in person, by phone or virtually throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Our clinician’s provide support for a wide variety of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, OCD, BPD, trauma, grief, addictions, relational difficulties, perinatal populations, stress management, and many other areas of concerns. Our clinicians are trauma informed, neurodivergence affirming and LGBTQSIA+ affirming. At Repose, we know that the therapeutic relationship that you have with your clinician is one of the most supportive factors in creating change. If we can help in finding a
clinician who can best support your needs, please reach out to us.
The Gottman Method is a world renowned and award winning-research-based approach to relationships. In your sessions with a trained couples and marriage therapist, you will begin with an in-depth assessment to evaluate the health of your relationship. You will have the opportunity to talk openly about difficult topics, unaddressed conflict, intimacy issues, infidelity, or ongoing issues affecting your relationship in a safe, non-judgemental space. We also offer individual relationship counselling, fertility, prenatal/pregnancy and postpartum counselling. What we discuss and explore in therapy is guided by your unique needs and goals. Together we will develop the best plan to help you build a thriving relationship. If your relationship or marriage feels like it is at a breaking point and separation or divorce seems like the only option, take hope that we have helped many couples in St. John’s, NL and even couples across Canada (virtually) to repair and rebuild their relationship. For those who do choose to separate or divorce we can help you do so in the most civilized way possible. No matter where you fall on the continuum, together we will help you and your partner build a healthy relationship in which you feel loved, respected and valued.
Play Therapy is a therapeutic approach which allows children to explore and give meaning to their inner experiences through play. Much like how talk therapy allows individuals to express their inner experience, play therapy provides children with a modality to express their inner world and their thoughts and feelings in a way that is developmentally appropriate. While spontaneous play is a natural and essential part of the development, Play Therapy is guided by a clinician with specialized training in child development. Through play, therapists can teach children adaptive behaviours and coping strategies, promote cognitive development and facilitate a more positive view of self and the world. Play Therapy’s efficacy has been demonstrated with a variety of presenting concerns including but not limited to anxiety, grief and loss, depression, impulsivity, relational difficulties, trauma, and emotion regulation.
Family therapy provides a space for family members to better understand each other's unmet needs and work through difficult emotions, beliefs or conflicts that are interfering with family members' relationships. Family Therapy focuses on enhancing communication, increasing awareness of family members needs, facilitating attachment focused interactions, and enhancing attuned caregiver responses. We are here to support all members of the family to be heard, supported and to move toward a better relationship for all.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a structured, evidence based therapy that has been researched extensively and has been proven to be effective in the treatment of trauma. EMDR involves asking clients to focus briefly on the traumatic memory while being exposed to bilateral stimulation. As the client holds the trauma in mind and follows the bilateral stimulation, the distress, negative beliefs, emotional and somatic experiences associated with the traumatic memory all decrease in intensity. The processing of the trauma allows the person to access more adaptive belief about themself and their world.
Fertility Challenges and Loss
Chances are you or someone that you know is struggling with infertility and/or loss. 1 in 6 Canadian couples struggle to conceive, and 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage. Unfortunately, to receive In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatments, folks in Newfoundland and Labrador are forced to travel outside of the province. Cycle tracking and preparation, funding, traveling, and being away from home and your support system during an already incredibly stressful time can take a great toll on your mental health and wellbeing. Counselling can provide an opportunity for couples and individuals to discuss emotional difficulties, stress, anxiety, grief, trauma, and loss that they may experience during their fertility journey. Therapy is covered by most insurance companies under clinical counselling or naturopathy.
Postpartum and Perinatal Mental Health
Having a baby can feel wonderful and it can also feel overwhelming and hard. 1 in 7 moms and 1 in 10 dads experience postpartum depression. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and 12 months after childbirth (PSI, 2023). If your mental health is interferring with your ability to care for yourself, your baby, or function in your job, you may benefit from a higher level of clinical treatment for a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder (PMAD). A Certified Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) clinician can help expecting and new moms/birthing people who are currently suffering from postpartum depression PPD, postpartum anxiety PPA, postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder PPTSD, postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder PPOCD, bipolar disorder, and/or postpartum psychosis PPP. If perinatal mental health counselling is what you need to feel better, we will work with you to determine whether virtual or in-person is the best option.
Grief & Loss
Everyone will experience grief and loss throughout their lives. Many people think of grief as death, but grief encompasses many significant life events. Grief can include: the death of a loved one, unexpected, violent, or traumatic deaths, or the death of a pet. It includes the loss of an intimate relationship due to separation, divorce, or breakup and the loss of relationships with family members or close friends. There is grief in an injury or a decline in health or losses related to the diagnosis of a disability or living with a disability
While everyone will experience grief and loss, the experience will be different for everyone. Common feelings include: anger, sadness, shock, denial, fear, insecurity, anxiety, hopelessness, loneliness, guilt, shame, disgust, or despair. Many people often have physical symptoms as well such as: sleeplessness, nausea, weight loss or gain, fatigue, and aches and pains. No matter what your grief experience looks or feels like, we can help support you through this extremely difficult time.
Moving to a new country is a significant transition and can be incredibly overwhelming. If you’re a newcomer to Canada, we can help support you through any challenges you may be facing including: trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, parenting, stress, and addictions. Our counsellors are culturally sensitive and strive to provide a welcoming, safe, accessible, and non-judgemental space for everyone.
Speech-Language Pathology Services
Here at Repose, we have registered Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) working to build relationships and improve communication through assessment and treatment of clients with a variety of speech and language concerns. From tiny tots to teens to adults, we aim to offer diverse services to the members of our community who need support the most. We take great pride in offering fun and interactive sessions that focus on client goals in a strengths-based approach to assessment and therapy. Our SLPs are trauma-informed and use neurodivergent-affirming practices. We strive to provide family- centered, relationship-first practices where everyone’s voice is important and heard.
SLP Assessments – What to Expect
You’ve booked an appointment on our website and now you’re wondering what to expect on the day of assessment.
● Case History – We complete an interview to discuss with the caregiver/adult any concerns, goals, strengths, and difficulties. This interview will help create a client profile for our clinicians to expectations and create mutual trust and understanding. Questionnaires may be emailed to clients prior to the first meeting to begin collection of information.
● Oral Mechanism Exam — The SLP may need to observe the condition of the individual’s tongue, teeth, tonsils, palate, jaw, and throat to assess how they relate to or affect sound production.
● Testing — Formal (standardized protocols) and informal assessments may be conducted to collect information on the client’s current abilities and identify a treatment plan. For children, assessments are play-based and a video recording may be required for further analysis (with written consent).
● Discussion of Treatment Options — The SLP may need to review and score testing results before a diagnosis can be made, but will provide preliminary feedback on the session and discuss treatment options and potential goals. A summary will be provided and a comprehensive written report can be available for an additional fee.
Assessment and Treatment
We offer formal and informal assessments as well as treatment for toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children, teens, and adults in:
Speech sounds (Articulation/Phonology)
Apraxia (Motor Speech)
Language (Expressive and Receptive Language)
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
We offer individualized therapy, caregiver and baby groups (more to come soon), and virtual therapy.
At Repose Wellness Collective our psychological assessment practices align with our values. We respect and celebrate individual differences and listen to folks and their lived experiences. We view assessment as a tool for folks to better understand and celebrate their unique differences and to assist folks in accessing services and accommodations that are supportive . We use evidence based and diagnostically appropriate tools and ethical assessment practices. We provide a respectful and compassionate environment where folks can feel comfortable to show up as they are.
What to expect?
Complimentary Consultation: Have questions? Not sure where to get started or feeling overwhelmed? We encourage you to reach out for a complimentary assessment consultation if you have questions or are unsure if an assessment is needed for yourself or a loved one.
While their is often variability in the assessment process, depending on the presenting concern, assessments typically involve three main parts:
All assessments begin with an intake session with your psychologist. During this initial session, you will meet with the psychologist to discuss your concerns, reasons for seeking testing, and relevant background information. This is a crucial step as it helps the psychologist understand you or your loved one’s unique situation, history, and goals for the assessment. Additionally, the psychologist may ask questions about your medical history, family background, and any previous assessments or treatments you have undergone.This combined with other measures will help formulate an individualized
Consent for assessment will additionally be explained and obtained during the intake session. Some assessment intakes can be completed virtually, depending on the need and age of the individual. This can be determined at time of booking the intake. The intake session is a great opportunity to ask questions and discuss your goals and expectations.
After the intake, your psychologist will advise you of what is required moving forward. Depending on the type of assessment this could constitute online assessments and questionnaires, in person standardized assessment testing sessions or further interviews.
This phase involves the administration of various standardized psychological
tests tailored to your specific needs and concerns. These tests can cover a wide range of areas such as intelligence, personality, emotional functioning, attention, memory, and academic abilities. The tests used are carefully selected based on your individual circumstances, and they are designed to provide valuable insights into strengths, challenges, and overall functioning. Oftentimes, document collection and file reviews are necessary for assessment completion. This means providing any previously completed assessments and school records/report cards.
If the assessment requires in person testing, this testing process takes place in a comfortable and private setting. It may span over one or more sessions, depending on the complexity and scope of the assessment. Your clinician will explain all of these steps in detail and what is expected to complete the assessment.
When “testing” is complete your psychologist will connect with you to schedule a time to meet with you again to discuss your assessment results. During this session, you will receive a detailed explanation of the assessment results. The psychologist will interpret the test scores, provide insights into your unique profile, and address any questions or concerns you may have.
The feedback session will review any potential diagnoses and provide you with personalized recommendations. This will help identify areas of future support including referrals and other resources to identify treatment options. The feedback session is an excellent opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of yourself or loved one and to explore potential treatment options or recommendations based on the assessment outcomes.
You will receive: In addition to the feedback session to explain the results you will receive the following:
A hard copy and digital copy of the confidential report
A summary letter for your medical professional, if required
Detailed receipts for insurance reimbursement purposes
Connecting to resources or other treatment options
Signing of any forms or papers (Post Secondary Institutions, Canada Student Aid, Workplace Accommodations, Disability Tax Credit Form, or similar can also be discussed during the feedback session)
Summary of the process: While their is often variability in the assessment process, depending on the presenting concern, typically the core elements will include the following:
Clinical interview: 1 hour to 1.5 hours
Testing: Varies depending on the type of assessment (can be between 3-5 hours of testing that examines: learning style, executive functions, memory, cognitive processing, IQ)
Online assessments: questionnaires and/or behavioral checklists and screeners
File review: Review of school report cards and comments/ previously completed assessments
Observations (if applicable)
Feedback session (1-2 hours)
If you suspect yourself or a loved one may require an assessment please get in touch to see if psychological testing could be helpful.
To inquire more about our services or to book an appointment, please contact: email@example.com
Adult ADHD Assessment:
Child ADHD Assessment:
Coming fall 2023
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