Children experience life significantly different than adults. The younger years are the "cornerstone" for physical and emotional development. During these years, It is common for children to experience challenges while navigating the complex systems of their everyday life -- situations that we, as parents, might see as "pretty simple."
Counselling can provide practical skills for children, to help them understand their world through an age-appropriate lens. At the same time, counsellors can demonstrate important self-regulating skills, practiced together, during sessions. Mental health social workers are unique due to a wide range of training related to children and families.
In attempt to gain more parenting skills herself, Anne-Drea completed a Diploma in Child Psychology in the early 90's, prior to university studies. That program sparked a passion for working professionally with children, so she opened a licensed daycare in 2001. Once she finished university studies, as licensed social worker, Anne-Drea worked with Indigenous youth, followed by Child & Youth Advocate Investigator, and has professionally counselled children for the past 11 years. See specific training at bottom of page.
Our youth corner provides a quiet space for art expression, smudging, contemplative reflections, mindfulness, guided meditation, grief exploration, and more.
Anne-Drea's work with youth spans from 2008 to present day, beginning with John Howard Society as facilitator of youth programs, and working with crisis apartments, group homes, Indigenous communities, as Child &. Youth Advocate Investigator (GNB), EJS Coordinator for youth offenders, Clinical Coordinator for local residential treatment centre, creating treatment based intervention plans for complex case youth, and professionally counselling youth for the past 11 years.
RESOURCES FOR CARING ADULTS: https://kidshelpphone.ca/get-involved/programs-resources/resources-caring-adults/
Is it time for you or a loved one to transition to a different home? Or maybe additional supports at home might be helpful?
Besides depression, this scenario is one of the most commonly sought form of counselling for older adults. Whether working with families of loved ones, or working directly with an older adult, it is not unusual for older adults to resist the need for increased support -- especially if it means moving from their home. Caregiver burnout for adult children is also common, and concerning, in these situations.
This time of life is difficult not only for the older adult but also for families. Everyone wants what is best for their loved one, but it is important for older adults to make choices for themselves, when the time is right, and to prevent injury to physical or mental well being. Effective transition counselling can help foster a smooth and timely transition, reducing family conflict.
During the university years, a few courses in gerontology almost convinced Anne-Drea to major in this discipline, which sparked a keen interest in working with older populations. She was thankful for those courses years later, while working with Indigenous populations, or at the St. John Regional Hospital-- in Psychiatry and other units.
A variety of counselling methods are available. Our most commonly used method involves the Gottman Connect Method, where couples participate in a thorough analysis/assessment exercise, producing a comprehensive report from Drs. John & Julie and Gottman's "Gottman Connect" program.
Next, couples work with their counsellor to discuss results, recommendations, and together, we conceptualize what 'moving forward' might look like. Below is a Gottman Institute Blog site that couples report finding helpful.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions we can feel. Counselling can help with perspective changing, and treatment can help heal underlying wounds that can cause depression or anxiety symptoms. Both options involve strategies for change. We can discuss various options.
"Mood and anxiety disorders are among the most common types of mental disorders in Canada and have been shown to have a major impact on the daily lives of those affected. In 2013, an estimated 3 million Canadians (11.6%) aged 18 years or older reported that they had a mood and/or anxiety disorder" (Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey, 2013).
"Mood disorders are characterized by the lowering or elevation of a person's mood, while anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive and persistent feelings of nervousness, anxiety, and even fear. Both types of disorders interfere with an individual's everyday life for an extended period of time," (Government of Canada, 2006).
"Professional care combined with active engagement in self-management strategies can foster recovery and improve the well-being of people affected by these disorders, ultimately enabling them to lead full and active lives," (Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2012).
Together, we can explore strategies that work best for you,
Source: Statistics Canada
Art therapy is an option for any client, and is most often chosen by teens and young adults. Art therapy involves the use of creative expression to explore thoughts, emotions, identity, and connectedness. Artistic therapy also offers an opportunity to practice social skills, or to strengthen family relationships. Examples of creative expressions might include: theatre (role playing), music, photography, and a variety of fine arts. No artistic or creative experience is necessary, and anyone can benefit from artistic therapy.
Anne-Drea's own experience with art expression began in 2001, as operator of a licensed daycare, when she saw how children became more engaged, more relaxed, and less confrontational, with a crayon or paintbrush in their hands. While busy 'creating,' social skills seemed at their best.
Mindfulness was popularized in the West through the work of Jon-Kabat Zinn. Zinn created Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to treat pain, anxiety, and stress. His work influenced many of today's clinical practices.
"Mindfulness is all about discerning, with clarity, what is actually going on." J. Zinn
Jon Zinn talks about Mindfulness: Learn more.
For an interesting review of Mindfulness, visit the article located at the link below, written by well respected author and clinical social worker, Rick Miller:
Mindfulness practice in counselling might draw from sensory experiences such as sight, hearing, taste, scent, touch, breathing, or visualizations/imagery. It might also include affirmations, guided meditations, specialized breathing or grounding techniques. A wide range of approaches are possible, and might occur inside the office, or out.
"Mental health is a state of psychological well-being characterized by continuing personal growth, a sense of purpose in life, an ability to focus, prioritize and plan effectively, self-acceptance and positive relations with others. Our mental health is expressed through how we think, feel and act in response to the challenges of daily life, " (Veterans Affairs, Canada, 2020).
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger after traumatic events. Counselling and treatment for trauma can help the healing process of acute or chronic trauma..
Mental Health of Canadian Veterans
"Veterans, like other Canadians, can experience feelings of sadness, anger, frustration and low self-esteem. In most cases, these feelings are brief, easily relieved by taking a break or a change in circumstances, and have little or no impact on their ability to function. When it does impact their ability to function, timely professional help can be very effective." (Veterans Affairs Canada, 2020).
Stigma around PTSD still exists and is very real for soldiers. Many members live with symptoms for years before ever coming forward, if they ever do.
When the time is right for you, reach out and book an appointment so we can create a treatment plan that is right for you. If you are considering EMDR, see the Embedded video from EMDR International Association at the bottom of this page.
Source: Veterans Affairs Canada: Understanding Mental Health
Telehealth is available for individuals as well as for couples seeking to strengthen respectful, emotional connections, in any stages of their relationship.
Online sessions are held from the safety of your preferred environment, and can easily be booked using our secure scheduling platform. Video sessions are common for clients who experience transportation or mobility challenges.
Anne-Drea is a Certified Telemental Health provider (PESI, online: March-July 2020).
EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Integrated skills of mindfulness
and ecotherapy into a
coherent therapeutic framework.
(Mindful Ecotherapy.org, Candidate 2021)
Counselling/Certificate – PESI (training institute), Bangor, Maine, U.S. October 2016
The Neuroscience behind Developmental Attachment Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences. PESI Training Institute: Certificate Digital Seminar. October 2017.
Certificate. PESI Training Institute. Portland, Maine. December 2016.
Counselling/Certificate – PESI Bangor, Maine, US,. November 2016.
Counselling/Certificate. PESI Mental Health Continuing Education, Massachusetts, U.S. April 2016.
Counselling/Certificate. Justice Resource Institute, Massachusetts, U.S., November 2015
(counseling model), Certificate. Justice Resource Institute, Massachusetts, U.S. November 2015
(ASIST) Capital Region Mental Health & Addictions Association. Formerly CMHA Fredericton Chapter. Certificate April 2009.