Counselling Services

Many problems are best addressed in a one-on-one atmosphere. Depending on your needs, we may also be able to help you:

  1. Find different ways to cope with your stressors
  2. Explore effective problem-solving options
  3. Learn how to improve your relationships and connections to others
  4. Obtain information and access resources that can support you

Skilled and experienced therapists provide individual and family counselling services to children and teens between the ages of 3 and 18. We provide psychotherapeutic, behavioural, and cognitive-behavioural interventions to assist clients in dealing with issues such as grief and loss, separation, custody and access, child abuse, behavioural problems, attachment issues, anxiety, depression, and anger management.

The role of a parent can be fulfilling, rewarding and enjoyable, as well as filled with challenges and frustration. The demands and stresses of daily life, coupled with raising and caring for a child, can sometimes leave parents feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious. Conversely, healthy parent-child relationships are the key to a child’s success in every sphere of life.

Understanding a child’s stage of development and what to expect both physically and emotionally is empowering. Discussing issues that arise with one of our counsellors can help develop effective parenting strategies, provide tools to manage stress, and reaffirm what works for your particular family with its unique dynamics.

Parenting a child with special needs adds challenges that can be overwhelming for any or all members of the family. It demands understanding, skills, and advocacy that have hence been uncharted. Feelings of anger, frustration, resentment, helplessness, and the like are highly common, as is over-exhaustion. Couples can grow apart as each tries to cope with the added pressures and demands on their time and finances. Siblings can rebel against the other receiving more time and attention.

Individual, couple, and/or family counselling can help sort through overwhelming feelings, rebuild relationships, and direct you to other resources. Partners can develop positive ways to communicate, resolve conflict, and make the relationship a priority. Other family members can learn strategies to build successful relationships, develop empathy, and deal with negative feelings.

Areas of Expertise

The Counselling Group currently offers a 25 hours program that provides tools and techniques to transform anger.

The program addresses a number of topics, including:

  1. Emotions and Anger Arousal Management
  2. Stress and Relaxation
  3. Cognitive Strategies and Out-Thinking Anger
  4. Self-Monitoring of Anger
  5. Self-Esteem
  6. Relationships
  7. Parenting
  8. Assertive Communication
  9. Responding to Anger and Criticism
  10. Problem-solving

Depression can range from times of sadness to lingering and chronic depths of despair. Left untreated, depression can interfere significantly with day-to-day living. If some of the symptoms listed below are affecting you for more than a few weeks, you may benefit from speaking to a counsellor:

  1. Fatigue
  2. Low energy
  3. Overwhelming grief and/or sadness
  4. Poor concentration
  5. Difficulty making decisions
  6. Low self-esteem
  7. Feeling worthless, hopeless or helpless
  8. Disturbed sleeping patterns
  9. Disturbed eating patterns
  10. Anxiety
  11. Avoidance
  12. Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed

There are many forms of counselling and treatment that can alleviate symptoms of depression in very little time. The counsellors at Creating Stars provide a safe place to talk, explore and understand contributing factors to depression and assist in developing coping strategies.

May be best described as how we perceive our worthiness as a person. Our sense of self is developed during childhood and continues throughout life, affected by a variety of factors. A person’s self-esteem can impact their day-to-day functioning, including their ability to make choices and their overall health.

A person with low self-esteem may experience such symptoms as:

  1. Fear
  2. Anxiety
  3. Emotional turmoil
  4. Helplessness
  5. Social withdrawal
  6. Poor body image
  7. Depression
  8. Perfectionism
  9. Feeling worthless, helpless to change life for the better

Creating Stars counsellors can help you reframe negative, exaggerated, and inaccurate beliefs about yourself and encourage you to work towards changing self-defeating behaviours

Everyone experiences stress in their lives. It is a healthy reaction to the demands of our lives. However, stress can build and influence how you feel about life. Prolonged stress can lead to frustration, anger, hopelessness, and, at times, depression. Other symptoms of stress may include:

  1. Disturbed sleep
  2. Fatigue
  3. Headaches
  4. Body aches
  5. Pain
  6. Anxiety
  7. Irritability
  8. Tension

By focusing on your own specific goals, we can support you to master the skills you need to achieve greater independence, confidence and control.

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