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What is Psychological Treatment?

Psychological treatment is also sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “talk therapy”. Sometimes the term “CBT” is used as well, but this is only one of many evidence-based approaches to psychological treatment.


Psychological treatment does not involve needles, medications, or any sort of medical procedures. Instead, sessions involve building a relationship with your psychologist and, through discussion and exercises, learning more about emotional patterns and ways to manage symptoms (e.g., low mood, worries, poor sleep). In many ways, sessions may be considered a way of building skills for fostering resilience, meaning, and fulfillment.

Who & What is Psychological Treatment helpful for?

Psychological treatment can be helpful for anyone who would like space to share their experiences and emotions without judgment, who would like to clarify and/or change their emotional patterns (e.g., feeling stuck), or who would like to better manage challenging symptoms or circumstances. For people who have pain or other physical symptoms due to injuries or medical conditions (e.g., concussion), psychological treatment can help with managing emotional factors that can make those physical symptoms worse.


Our team provides treatment to help with a variety of challenges and conditions that individuals may face. These include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD);

  • Depression;

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder;

  • Social Anxiety Disorder;

  • Panic Disorder;

  • Personality difficulties;

  • Adjustment to disability & injury;

  • Adjustment to illness/health conditions (e.g., concussion, chronic pain);

  • Chronic pain;

  • Sleep disorders;

  • Workplace stress & burnout;

  • Family & Relationship issues;

  • Grief & bereavement.


If you would like to learn more about our availability to provide psychotherapy or whether psychotherapy may be right for you, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss options with you.


What types of Psychological Treatment are available?

We realize that each person is an individual. By extension, we know that the approach taken in therapy needs to be individualized as well. Our team at OPNS provides a variety of approaches to psychological treatment that based on research evidence and years of clinical experience. Which approach may be best for you will be an important conversation to have with your clinician:


Treatment approaches provided at OPNS include:


  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT);

  • Mindfulness Integrated CBT (MiCBT);

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR);

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR);

  • Exposure therapies;

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT);

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT);

  • Interpersonal & experiential therapies.


We are happy to provide psychotherapy services in person, virtually, or by phone.


How much does Psychological Treatment cost?

Psychotherapy is typically priced according to an hourly rate, with the standard session being 50 minutes (the last 10 minutes of the hour are reserved for documentation and administration). However, each clinician may have their own rates.


If you are interested in learning more about a certain clinician’s availability and/or rates, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss with you.

Is Psychological Treatment covered by extended health insurance?

The cost of a screening assessment may be covered by your/your partner’s/your parent’s extended health insurance. It is recommended that you speak with your health care coverage providers to determine whether and what proportion of services they may cover.

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