To begin, contact us to complete a free Intake session. Sessions can be done either in person or over the phone, and usually take 30 to 45 minutes to complete.
During an Intake session you will be given a chance to explain what you hope to accomplish, what you expect from your Counsellor, and most importantly we will get to know each other. Feel free to ask any questions you might have, however in the meantime we encourage you to browse our web site to learn more about us.
Referrals are also accepted from various professional sources, including physicians, schools, and other community service providers. Referral forms can be downloaded below and emailed to us.
In addition to our individual psychotherapy practice, NewVU Counselling offers group and parenting sessions as needed. Highly trained and experienced Counsellors provide group therapy sessions for children and youth, using interactive and relational approaches that not only educate, but inspire participants to explore their mental health needs with the support of each other.
In addition, our trained Counsellors provide parenting workshops to assist families dealing with various types of concerns in the home. Our sessions do not focus on what is wrong, but what can be done to make things better, including role modeling behaviour and building resilience in your family.
Please contact us for more information regarding sessions in your community.
To build dynamic therapeutic relationships, our Psychotherapists use Experiential Therapy in most treatment plans. Our approach may include physical activity, various types of arts, or outdoor activities.
To ensure relevant therapy, our Psychotherapists provide engaging treatment options to children and youth that are based on their current skills and hopes.
To ensure wholistic therapy, our Psychotherapists collaborate with family, schools and other community services as much as the child or family feels comfortable.
To build long term coping skills, our Psychotherapists always consider how to build resiliency in children, youth and their families. It is our goal for each child and youth we see to have a bright future.
Our relational and experiential approaches address many types of mental health diagnosis and related concerns. Assessments are completed after approximately 3 sessions, and are summarized in a written Assessment and Treatment Plan. Secialized tools are also sometimes used, including Psychometric Testing. These tests consider various prognosis such as trauma, anxiety, depression, and self confidence, and will assist the youth, teacher and parent in understanding the issues at hand, as well realistic ideas of how to deal with the problems.
Our Psychotherapists are qualified and have experience in assessing the following issues:
Our trained Psychotherapists are experienced in using evidence-based therapies such as:
We recognize that there are people who live in smaller communities who may wish to access our services. Some live in other cities and are looking for non-identifying, confidential services. Others live in smaller municipalities that do not have access to the type of services we provide.
We would like to meet your needs as best we can. We can arrange longer sessions to reduce the overall number of sessions required, and we can even use frequent phone contact to save on travel.
In some situations we may be able to come to you. We can utilize a neutral location in your community, such as your school or health office, or the great outdoors.
Please contact us to explore the various options.
Addiction Outreach Muskoka Parry Sound
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Drug & Alcohol Helpline (24 hours)
Local Canadian Mental Health Association Crisis Line
705-728-5044, Toll free: 1-888-893-8333
Kids Help Line
Toll free: 1-888-668-6868 (up to age 21)
Women's Sexual Assault Help Line
Daily 24hr: 1-800-461-2929
Early Intervention In Psychosis Program
705-746-4264, Toll free:1-866-829-7049
Canadian Mental Health Association
Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Parry Sound and Muskoka Sexual Assault Services
705-774-9083, Toll free: 1-877-851-6662