Get Started

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.

Group and Parenting Sessions

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.

 

Approach

Experiential - Client Focused - Collaborative - Long Term Changes

 

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.

 

Assessment

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:

  • Addiction
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief and Loss
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mood Disorders
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
  • Parenting Skills
  • Physical Abuse
  • Resilience Skills
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Injury
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Teen Violence
  • Trauma

 

Treatment

Our trained Psychotherapists are experienced in using evidence-based therapies such as:

  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT)
  • Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS)
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Therapy

 

Travel

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.

 

 

Resources

Addictions

Crisis Services

  • 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)

    www.kidshelpphone.ca

  • Women's Sexual Assault Help Line

    Daily 24hr: 1-800-461-2929

Mental Health

Sexual Assault Services

    • Parry Sound and Muskoka Sexual Assault Services

      705-774-9083, Toll free: 1-877-851-6662

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