Toronto Psychologist

 

Toronto Psychological Services has two locations, our Etobicoke serves clients throughout the GTA, Mississauga, and Brampton and our Downtown Toronto location is conveniently located in the center of the City. Both locations offer a wide range of psychological services including psychological assessment, educational assessment, counselling or psychotherapy. Telephone counselling is available as well as in-office counselling services in English, Spanish, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi. Psychological services are covered by your workplace benefits.

Adult Counselling:

Some of our clinical staff work exclusively with adults and couples. Adults may seek a Toronto Psychologist for individual counselling, couple counselling, marriage counselling, relationship counselling, same-sex relationship counselling, counselling for issues unique to a blended family or regarding parenting. If you are struggling with anxiety, PTSD, OCD, depression, sexual orientation, panic, eating disorder, workplace difficulties, parenting problems or other issues, call Toronto Psychological Services for counselling in west Toronto. Adult services available in English, Spanish, Urdu, Punjabi or Hindi.

Marriage Counselling:

A west Toronto clinic helping couples improve communication, reconnect, enhance commitment, repair and heal their relationship. Pre-marriage counselling, marriage counselling and/or couples counselling supports couples as they challenge and change negative patterns that may be preventing their happiness. Marriage counselling can help you bridge differences that can occur in an intimate relationship. Don’t ignore differences that can divide partners/spouses. The sooner that you address difficulties in the relationship, the sooner you can recover the love and respect that brought you together in the first place. At TPS, our Toronto psychologists and associates have significant experience in marriage counselling and relationship counselling.

Anger Management Counselling:

Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. However, there are times when anger can get out of control and become destructive. Then, it can lead to problems—problems at work, in your personal relationships, the overall quality of your life or even criminal charges. If you are unable to control your anger it can become an unpredictable and powerful emotion. Toronto psychologists and associates help you understand and control anger; apply anger management strategies and/or successfully complete a court mandated anger management program. Control the triggers and behaviour that affects your work, your relationships and your life. Choose individual anger management sessions, a 10-session anger management program or a 15-week anger management program. The 10-week and 15-week anger management programs include a letter for court confirming your attendance to a Cognitive Behavioural Program for anger management if it is required. Control anger, don’t let anger control you.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:

CBT is effective for many psychological problems including anxiety, anger, depression, panic disorder, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress, obsessive compulsive behaviour, low self-esteem and/or sexual problems. It is relatively brief and is considered more successful than any other type of psychotherapy. It is usually time-limited (approximately 8-20 sessions), focuses on current problems and follows a structured style of intervention. To facilitate the change you hope to make in your life, you may be asked to complete a CBT workbook, specifically recommended by a TPS psychologist or psychotherapist, between your sessions. CBT is a psychological treatment that addresses the interactions between how we think, feel and behave. CBT is a process of teaching, coaching, and reinforcing positive behaviours. A psychologist can help you identify, challenge and change dysfunctional thinking and behavior that affects your emotional responses. CBT is an evidence-based treatment that focuses on your “here and now” problems. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Play Therapy are available at Toronto Psychological Services days, evening and Saturdays.

Toronto Child Psychologist:

Child Psychology requires significant training in developmental psychology. Some Toronto Psychological Services staff work exclusively with toddlers, children and adolescents aged 2-18 years of age. Children may require Play Therapy or counselling for aggression, attention, anger, anxiety, grief, body image issues, depression, eating disorders, low self-esteem, social issues and/or behavioural problems. Child psychology deals with a youngster’s mental, emotional and social development. Toronto psychologists, psychological associates and play therapists provide individual counselling and play therapy as well as group therapy in a specially established play therapy room. Parenting sessions are available. A Toronto psychologist can offer reunification counselling between an estranged or alienated parent and their children.

Psychological Assessments:

A Toronto psychologist can provide a comprehensive range of assessment services including: an educational assessment for learning disability, behaviour, social, emotional or MVA assessments to name just a few.  A gifted assessment can identify strong intellectual abilities that meet the criteria for special education. A psychologist at our offices can complete a psychological assessment for children as young as 2+ years of age. Toronto Psychological Services are covered by your workplace benefits.

Educational Assessments:

Toronto psychologists offer educational assessments to elementary, high school, college, university and graduate students. Generally, it is best to wait until a child is at least 6-years of age before completing an educational assessment because they need some time to demonstrate what they have learned or have not learned. There are times that a child’s learning problems go unnoticed and are only detected when they begin high school, college or university. It is essential that these students receive the academic support that is available at every Ontario college and university. An educational assessment completed by a registered psychology professional will be required to establish need. Adults who remember learning problems from long ago or need an updated educational assessment can also benefit from an educational assessment to enter college, university or graduate school. Furthermore, if you have completed an undergraduate degree you may require an update educational assessment to receive accommodations when completing entrance examinations (GRE, LSAT, MCAT) in your proposed profession. If you have a learning disability and have completed law school or medical school you may require extra time to complete provincial examinations.

A psychological assessment is a structured evaluation of your child’s psychological development. It is a thorough assessment of your child’s intellectual, social and emotional development. If a parent is concerned that their child is developing differently than other children, a developmental assessment can determine the child’s intellectual strengths and limitations as well as their potential to learn, play and interact socially with others. A developmental assessment can diagnose autism, Asperger’s and/or developmental delay. TPS is often part of a professional team with Toronto paediatricians, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, audiologists and child psychiatrists who may be working with the family. Ask about our social skills groups for high functioning autistic children or children with Asperger’s. Also, we regularly offer groups for tweens and teens on the PDD spectrum or may be developmentally delayed.

Gifted Assessment:

Only a registered psychological associate or psychologist can determine whether your child meets the gifted criteria set by Ontario school boards. Toronto psychologists use a standardized intelligence test that has been normed across a Canadian population. If the results of the gifted assessment meet the criteria for giftedness at a Ontario school board the psychologist will recommend to school personnel that the school apply for an IPRC (Identification Placement and Review Committee), which could formally identify the student as gifted and seek appropriate academic supports. Most Ontario school boards expect that the overall intelligence of a gifted student will be at, or above, the 98th percentile. A parent may be offered a placement in a gifted classroom, advanced learning in their present classroom or other educational options/recommendations dependent upon the child/adolescent’s needs.

Behaviour Assessment:

A Toronto psychologist can help parents and school personnel learn more about a child’s or adolescent’s behaviour and how it might be impeding their academic performance, relationships and home life. A psychological assessment can determine whether your child is struggling with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or other socioemotional problem that impact school, peer relationships or family life. It is quite possible that other issues are promoting negative behaviour such as sudden changes in family dynamics, a learning disability, lags in social skill and/or unknown emotional problems. A behavioural assessment can answer questions about a child’s behaviour and make realistic recommendations.

MVA Assessment for children and adolescents:

TPS offers specialized MVA assessments to children and adolescents aged 2-21 years of age. Child Psychology requires significant training in developmental psychology. Younger individuals often struggle psychologically with the aftermath of a car accident as much if not more than adults. An MVA assessment investigates the existence, nature and degree of psychological dysfunction that may have resulted directly or indirectly from an individual’s car accident. An MVA assessment could provide parents with feedback regarding their child’s present emotional status as well as treatment recommendations, should they be necessary, that might advance the child a return to premorbid functioning. We provide Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and/or play therapy treatment to address a child/teen’s fear and emotional distress after a motor vehicle accident.

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