Psychology & Counselling

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What can therapy do for you?

When seeing a therapist, you are provided a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental atmosphere to discuss your thoughts, worries and express your emotions. Therapy can be an effective treatment for mental and emotional problems, as well as it can provide a space to learn and grow. If you are struggling with your mental health, you want to make changes, and/or you want to explore how you can become a healthier and happier person, therapy can help.

Psychology in Lethbridge

Research has shown that a person’s mental state is critical to their functioning and thus preparing the mind for success is essential for those wishing to achieve an optimal performance.

Focus Areas

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleep issues
  • Performance anxiety
  • Competition preparation
  • Performance psychology
  • Sport performance excellence
  • Mental blocks
  • Self-esteem
  • Recovery & return from injury
  • Personal growth
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Specialty Area: Sport & Performance Psychology

Mental skills are just as important as physical and technical aspects of sport and performance.  Being mentally prepared can put a person at an advantage over the competition.  Although not as common as strength and conditioning, mental skills training is just as important and therefore needs to become more of a focus if an individual hopes to achieve their greatest success in their performance.  Mental training can improve all aspects of one’s life, whether it be in sport, work, relationships, or home life.  As such, anyone can benefit from working on their mental skills and it is not just for elite athletes although most common among this group.

Some of the topics covered in area of sport and performance psychology include: confidence building, motivation, emotion control, performance anxiety, time and stress management, coping skills, teambuilding & cohesion competition preparation, concentration & focus, relaxation, goal setting, imagery, enhanced recovery & return from injury, decision making, communication skills, leadership training, consistency, distraction control, and overtraining & burnout counselling.

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East Meets West’s integrated, multidisciplinary team enables us to provide comprehensive and individualized care to our patients.

Psychology & Counselling Team

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Brittney

Brittney is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology.  She uses a collaborative, client-centered approach to therapy and believes that with the proper guidance and support, everyone can break through their barriers, achieve their goals and reach their full potential.  Brittney’s primary theoretical orientation as a therapist stems from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and she offers therapy for a wide array of common mental health issues including anxiety, depression, sleep issues, performance anxiety, stress, self-esteem issues, injury and chronic pain management to name a few.  She works with clients of various ages and populations including adolescents and adults, athletes, performers, and teams.

Brittney specializes in the area of sport and performance helping athletes reach their maximum performance potential through mental skills training. As a professional athlete herself, she brings a wealth of personal expertise in the sport and exercise domain along with first-hand experience as an elite athlete competing at the highest level in her sport.  She is also an active member of the Psychologist Association of Alberta, Canadian Sport Psychology Association and the Association of Applied Sport Psychology.

Psychology & Counselling FAQ

What can therapy do for you?

When seeing a therapist, you are provided with a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental atmosphere to discuss your thoughts, worries and express your emotions. Therapy can be an effective treatment for mental and emotional problems, as well as it can provide a space to learn and grow. If you are struggling with your mental health, you want to make changes, and/or you want to explore how you can become a healthier and happier person, therapy can help.

How do I know who to see?

Your schedule, benefits and finances will play a factor in who you choose to meet with for therapy. We encourage you to read the bios on our website to see if any of the staff stand out to you and your needs. From there, we encourage you to schedule a complimentary meet and greet, to meet your therapist and determine if it is the right fit for you.
Have you attended several sessions and you do not feel it is a good fit? No problem! We encourage you to discuss this with your therapist as your comfort is our number one priority. From there, we can provide you with a list of other therapists in the community. Of course, we want to keep you happy and would love to discuss what worked and did not work with your therapist.

What are the risks and benefits of therapy?

The way you act, feel, and think are affected by coming to therapy, and this can both be a benefit and a risk. Potential risks may include tiredness, headaches, difficulty regulating emotions, as well as strong emotions. If at any time the risks outweigh the benefits, we will discuss alternatives for therapy. Everyone can benefit from attending therapy at some point during their lives; you can learn how to create and maintain balance in your life, increase your coping tools for times of stress, create healthier relationships, set boundaries, alleviate pain (emotionally/physically), overcome trauma, addictions and unhealthy patterns, enhance performance, and just overall feel much better.

How long does therapy take?

The length of therapy or number of sessions will vary based on your individual issues and needs. Some therapeutic interventions are brief, whereas others may take longer.  The decision on when to end therapy will be determined collaboratively with the client and therapist when they feel the client is ready.

Are sessions covered by extended health care/insurance benefits?

When meeting with a Registered Psychologist and/or Registered Provisional Psychologist, most plans cover all or a portion of the fees.
When meeting with a Certified Canadian Counsellor select insurance providers cover all or a portion of fess, including Sunlife, Pacific Bluecross, Greenshield Canada, and Equitable Life.
Most plans vary so we encourage you to contact your benefit provider or review your benefit booklet to determine what or how much is covered.

Do I require a referral from my medical doctor to receive services?

No.

How long is each appointment?

Each session is 50-55 minutes in length.

What is a Provisional Psychologist?

A provisional psychologist (a legally restricted term in Alberta) is a person who is approved by the College of Alberta Psychologists as in training to become a psychologist. This means that only individuals who have been approved by the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) to be on the provisional registry may use these titles.
To become a provisional psychologist they must have completed at least a Master’s degree in psychology or a related field (e.g. counselling).  CAP reviews the applicant’s transcripts to ensure they have mastered certain knowledge areas (e.g., ethics, research methodology, intervention, biology, cognition…). Further, the applicant must have passed a police record check with a vulnerable sector check, declare they are fit to engage in practice, and have proof of liability insurance. They must also declare a supervisor and have a supervision plan which outlines the areas of psychology they wish to license in, such as counselling psychology for example.
A provisional psychologist sees clients as part of their internship which requires a minimum of 1600 supervised hours. All of their client work is supervised by a Registered Psychologist with considerable experience. Supervision may involve observation of sessions “live” (in the room) or through watching via video/audio recordings. Case file review is also a part of the supervision they undergo.
During their internship, provisional psychologists write the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP), which is roughly equivalent to a lawyer’s board exams. To pass the EPPP the provisional psychologist must be able to demonstrate significant knowledge and problem-solving skills across a wide range of psychological areas. Provisional psychologists are also required to pass the Law and Ethics for Alberta Psychologists (LEAP) exam which tests the provisional psychologists’ knowledge in ethics and jurisprudence.
In order to fully register as a psychologist, a provisional psychologist must have completed their internship with passing marks from their supervisor, and have passed their EPPP, and LEAP exam. This process generally takes 1-2 years, depending on their ability to complete the client hours and pass their exams.

What is a Registered Psychologist?

By law, the term “psychologist” can only be used by those who are registered through the regulatory body for psychologists in each province.  For Alberta, this is the College of Alberta Psychologists.  Alberta psychologists will identify themselves by placing “Registered Psychologist” or “R. Psych” after their name.

What is a Canadian Certified Counsellor?

The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) established the Canadian Counselling Certificate (C.C.C.) program in 1986. The CCPA maintains the right to self-regulate, including certifying, advising, and disciplining its members on matters of professional conduct. Although it is not a regulatory body like the College of Alberta Psychologists, Certified Canadian Counsellors must meet and maintain a certain level of professional training and ongoing education. At this time, Certified Canadian Counsellors is a title that is not legally defined or restricted in the Health Professions Act of Alberta.
To become a C.C.C., individuals must hold either a Master’s degree or Ph.D. level degree in counselling or related field. A supervised counselling practicum (150-800 hours), along with required graduate-level coursework is required.
They must be able to pass a criminal record check with vulnerable sector check and two references from prior clinical supervisors. They must also provide proof of 36 hours of continuing education credits every three years to maintain their registration.

What if I feel that I have questions or concerns that have not been answered or addressed in a satisfactory manner?

You are encouraged to direct your concerns directly with your therapist. However, if despite discussing your concerns with your therapist you feel they have still not been addressed, you can connect with Mark Vella, Chief Operating Officer, at SIX08 Health, 403-694-3352.

What do I do if I don’t “click” with my therapist?

You are encouraged to discuss this with your therapist. This does occur occasionally, and your comfort is a priority.  We can discuss alternatives and/or a referral within the agency. If you do not feel comfortable discussing this with your therapist, please contact Mark Vella, Chief Operating Officer, at SIX08 Health, 403-694-3352.

What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)?

EMDR is a extensively researched and effective form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences.
“Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events. This process involves communication between the amygdala (the alarm signal for stressful events), the hippocampus (which assists with learning, including memories about safety and danger), and the prefrontal cortex (which analyzes and controls behavior and emotion). While many times traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, they may not be processed without help. Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories, and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.” (what is emdr therapy)

What can you expect from therapy?

Your first appointment your therapist will complete a throughout assessment to get to understand you and your needs. Following the assessment, a personalized treatment plan will be made collaboratively. Sessions are client-centered and will focus on what is important to you. If you are unsure what to discuss, your therapist will aide in facilitating the session.

What are my responsibilities as a client?

As a client, you are responsible for attending your sessions as scheduled and contacting SIX08 Health if you need to cancel or change an appointment (please provide 24 hours).  You will also be responsible for completing homework and activities as discussed and being active in the counselling process.

It is important to understand that your relationship with your therapist is a professional one and is guided by rules and ethics. Therefore your therapist cannot: have a business or personal relationship with you; be your therapist if you are related; be friends on any social media site such as Facebook; share their personal email; ever have any romantic or sexual relationship with you or anyone close to you; be your supervisor, teacher or evaluator; or receive gifts from you.

What are the responsibilities of my therapist?

Your therapist’s responsibility is to ensure they practice in an ethical manner and in line with their own standards of practice for their profession.  They will provide you with a safe, nonjudgmental space.

How often do I need to come?

Your treatment plan is personalized to your current concerns and will be reviewed regularly. You will discuss how often to attend with your therapist and collaboratively select a frequency that works best for you. Factors including your schedule, goals of treatment and finances will be considered. At the beginning of the therapeutic process, it’s typical to see your therapist once every 1-2 weeks.

What if I am in crisis?

If you experience a crisis during business hours please call 403-394-3352 and your therapist may be able to arrange to see you for an emergency appointment. If you are in crisis outside of business hours or unable to meet with your therapist, contact the Distress Line (403-327-7905), call 911, or attend the emergency room at the Chinook Regional Hospital. SIX08 Health is not a crisis service, therefore we cannot guarantee availability for crisis support.

Can I contact my therapist after hours?

You are welcome to leave your therapist a voicemail on their direct line or email them, however, they will not reply until business hours. If you are in crisis please contact the Distress Line (403-327-7905), call 911, or attend the emergency room at the Chinook Regional Hospital.

Do you provide couples counselling?

No, not at this time.

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