Psychoeducational Assessment: Youth & Adult

Learning and attentional issues can make getting through life frustrating on a daily basis, and can significantly limit your success in multiple domains of your life. Difficulties with ADHD, or "executive functions," which help us stay organized and on task can pose life-long problems for many adults at home and work. A solid assessment can determine your particular learning style, and how to a... Read More

Learning and attentional issues can make getting through life frustrating on a daily basis, and can significantly limit your success in multiple domains of your life. Difficulties with ADHD, or "executive functions," which help us stay organized and on task can pose life-long problems for many adults at home and work. A solid assessment can determine your particular learning style, and how to address difficulties. The goal of a psychoeducational assessment is to answer questions concerning cognitive, intellectual, academic, social, emotional, and/or behavioural functioning. This is generally accomplished through standardized testing (e.g., intelligence, academics, symptom severity and frequency), collateral interviews, questionnaires, observations, and review of previous records or reports.

Every assessment includes screening for a wide variety of related conditions, including learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, depression, social skills issues, sleep problems, mood disorders, sensory issues, auditory processing, information processing, speech and language skills, fine and gross motor skills, and other concerns. The assessment process generally involves one session for an intake interview, two individual assessment sessions, and a feedback meeting. We can accomodate adults who wish to consolidate their assessment into fewer visits to our office by completing the initial intake session and both testing sessions over the course of one day. If this is something that interests you, please call and speak to reception or talk directly to your psychologist about booking your testing in the same day as your intake session.

Getting a comprehensive psychoeducational assessment completed by a qualified professional provides you with a detailed profile of your learning style; it includes a description of strengths and weaknesses in cognitive abilities, academic performance, and social-emotional functioning. It determines eligibility for services, resources, and special accommodations to improve your ability to succeed. It will also give straight forward, practical recommendations for strategies to support learning and functioning in the classroom, in life, and in an occupational setting.


Psychoeducational Assessment: Child

Watching children struggle to meet their potential is heart-breaking and frustrating for parents and educators. Alberta Counselling Centre's psychologists have worked with many children who struggle with learning difficulties and related issues. With a solid assessment, we can figure out your child's learning style, address strengths and weaknesses, develop useful strategies, and help your chil... Read More

Watching children struggle to meet their potential is heart-breaking and frustrating for parents and educators. Alberta Counselling Centre's psychologists have worked with many children who struggle with learning difficulties and related issues. With a solid assessment, we can figure out your child's learning style, address strengths and weaknesses, develop useful strategies, and help your child function optimally and achieve success.

The goal of a psychoeducational assessment is to answer questions concerning cognitive, intellectual, academic, social, emotional, and/or behavioural functioning. This is generally accomplished through standardized testing (e.g., intelligence, academics, symptom severity and frequency), collateral interviews, questionnaires, observations, and review of previous records or reports. Every assessment includes screening for a wide variety of related conditions, including learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, depression, social skills issues, sleep problems, mood disorders, sensory issues, auditory processing, information processing, speech and language skills, fine and gross motor skills, and other concerns.

Each assessment generally involves one session for an intake interview, two individual assessment sessions, and a feedback meeting. The results of the assessment include a detailed description of current levels of functioning in the areas assessed, a diagnosis if appropriate, as well as detailed recommendations. Feedback is provided both in a face-to-face meeting and in the form of a comprehensive, written report..

A formal assessment of a minor never takes place without appropriate, informed consent. This means that decisions about psychological services etc. must be made by the child’s legal guardian(s), who have had an opportunity to be fully informed of the assessment process, in language that they understand, and have been provided with an opportunity to ask questions.

In the unfortunate event of a parental separation or divorce, in the case of joint custody, signed, informed consent MUST be obtained from BOTH parents. Both parents are invited and encouraged (as they are able) to participate in the process of assessment and treatment planning. If one parent retains sole legal custody, this parent MUST provide legal documentation of this in order for assessment to proceed.


Counselling: Youth & Adult

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu. Coming to see a psychologist for counselling takes courage and is a step toward positive change. At Alberta Counselling Centre, our psychologists use a collaborative approach and rely on well established, evidenced-based therapies to address real life problems. We customize treatment plans for individual clients and their present... Read More

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu. Coming to see a psychologist for counselling takes courage and is a step toward positive change. At Alberta Counselling Centre, our psychologists use a collaborative approach and rely on well established, evidenced-based therapies to address real life problems. We customize treatment plans for individual clients and their presenting symptoms, and use a variety of interventions and psychotherapeutic models, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Therapy.


Counselling: Child

Like adults, there are times when children can benefit from therapy. Therapy can help children develop problem-solving skills, coping strategies, and teach them the value of advocating for themselves by seeking help. Alberta Counselling Centre has experienced psychologists who specialize in treating children and can help them through difficult experiences and transitions in life. It's common fo... Read More

Like adults, there are times when children can benefit from therapy. Therapy can help children develop problem-solving skills, coping strategies, and teach them the value of advocating for themselves by seeking help. Alberta Counselling Centre has experienced psychologists who specialize in treating children and can help them through difficult experiences and transitions in life. It's common for many children to feel overwhelmed at times and need help dealing with school stress, such as homework, test anxiety, bullying, or peer pressure. Others need help to discuss their feelings about family issues, particularly if major transitions are involved, such as a divorce, a big move, or serious illness. Anxiety, mood difficulties, trauma, and coping with ADHD, ASD, and/or learning disorders are also common reasons that parents may seek the help of a psychologist for their child..


Family Counselling

There's no such thing as a perfect family; every family has different strengths and areas for growth. We embrace diversity and recognize that each family is unique. The treatment model our family therapists use is an integrative, strength-based, and resource-oriented approach. Our family therapists can help your family navigate a variety of life’s challenges. Life transitions can cause famili... Read More

There's no such thing as a perfect family; every family has different strengths and areas for growth. We embrace diversity and recognize that each family is unique. The treatment model our family therapists use is an integrative, strength-based, and resource-oriented approach. Our family therapists can help your family navigate a variety of life’s challenges. Life transitions can cause families distress and elevate stress levels. Life challenges such as the arrival of a baby, divorce and co-parenting, the death of a family member, and trauma cause stress and necessitate change. Whether it’s about improving communication skills, clarifying roles and boundaries, or learning new parenting strategies, we can help. Our family therapists are experienced in techniques used to help family members find common ground and function more effectively.

We recognize that families are busy, it's difficult for children to miss school and parents to take days off work to attend family therapy. Therefore, Alberta Counselling Centre offers daytime, evening, and weekend sessions for families. Please note: evening and Saturday availability will open in February, 2018. Please call reception if you have any questions.


EMDR: Youth & Adult

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has been proven to be highly effective in relieving many types of psychological distress. EMDR helps people to heal by reprocessing disturbing memories on a cognitive, physical, and emotional level; this allows individuals to see the disturbing material in a different, more adaptive way. The psycholog... Read More

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has been proven to be highly effective in relieving many types of psychological distress. EMDR helps people to heal by reprocessing disturbing memories on a cognitive, physical, and emotional level; this allows individuals to see the disturbing material in a different, more adaptive way. The psychologists at Alberta Counselling Centre who are trained EMDR therapists, follow a set of standardized protocols that incorporate elements from cognitive behavioural therapy and other treatment approaches. We are pleased to offer EMDR treatments utilizing EMDR equipment that is authorized by the EMDR Institute for use with adults, adolescents, and children.


EMDR: Child

Children are not simply 'little adults'. Therapy must be developmentally appropriate and designed to address the specific needs of children. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is used to help children recover from strong emotional reactions to difficult things (traumas) that have happened in their lives. Our child EMDR therapist has extensive experience working with children. ... Read More

Children are not simply 'little adults'. Therapy must be developmentally appropriate and designed to address the specific needs of children. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is used to help children recover from strong emotional reactions to difficult things (traumas) that have happened in their lives. Our child EMDR therapist has extensive experience working with children. She has also taken addtional specialized training in the specific EMDR protocols that are used with children. Alberta Counselling Centre is pleased to offer child therapy and EMDR protocols that are safe and evidence-based for children.


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