What we treat
We can help.
Psychotherapy is a personal journey, and there is no one size fits all solution. At Valley Counselling and Psychotherapy services, we have experience working with clients who face a wide variety of mental health issues. Here are a few of the areas we specialize in.
A little anxiety is normal and healthy, but too much can make life incredibly difficult. It's one of the most common issues our therapists see people for. You might suffer from worry, panic attacks, and a whole range of physical sensations: increased heart rate, shortness of breath, or even numbness and tingling.
Anxiety disorders include Generalized Anxiety Disorders (GAD), Social Anxiety, OCD, phobias, and panic attacks.
Our Renfrew County therapists can help you gain control over your life and your anxiety. If you think this might be you, ask yourself these questions:
Is my anxiety irrational or extreme?
Does my anxiety feel overwhelming?
Does it interrupt my day or my feelings of confidence?
If the answer is yes, then psychotherapy might be right for you
When people think of depression, they usually think about someone feeling sad and down. While this is often true, depression is actually a lot more than that. If you're feeling numb, flat or shut down, it might be depression. If it's hard to get going, or you've lost interest in things you once enjoyed, it might be depression. If you struggle with sleep, libido, or over/under-eating, it might be depression.
Therapy for depression can help you create a new reality. It's a lot of work, but you deserve to live the life you deserve, and our therapists can help you get there.
Trauma and PTSD are certainly related, but they're not quite the same. Trauma is the emotional response to a terrible, overwhelming event. This can be almost anything, but some of the most common triggers are sexual abuse, assault, death or threatened death, and even indirect exposure (like a police officer or paramedic witnessing the aftermath of an accident).
PTSD, on the other hand, is a disorder that can come after someone has experienced trauma. PTSD symptoms are often severe and overwhelming. The most common PTSD symptoms are nightmares, terrible memories that pop in uninvited, and emotional and physical distress when reminded of the event ("triggers."). People with PTSD often engage in risky behaviours and struggle to sleep, concentrate, and control their anger.
Whether you have PTSD or you've experienced a trauma, psychotherapy can help. Our therapists can help you process these losses, find yourself again, and ultimately live your life to its fullest again.
Grief is a normal reaction when we lose someone or something dear to us. We usually think about grief in the context of death, but we can grieve the loss of a pet, a job, an ability or a role (eg., when your children move out).
Therapy isn't always needed for grief. It's normal! But if your grief is complicated and you feel stuck, grief counselling might be right for you.
Expect your counsellor to talk through the loss with you, to be kind in exploring the loss, and to lead you through a very difficult loss.
Is sleep always just around the corner? Do you lie in bed tossing and turning, or wake up every couple hours? Our Renfrew County therapists can get you back on track and sleeping better.
Tina is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and specializes in combining helpful techniques and mindfulness to get you closer to the sleep you want.