Services

True North is dedicated to helping all those who suffer from mental health issues, regardless of age, race, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We practice a holistic approach to mental health. How we think, feel, and behave is the result of complex interactions between our biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors. The therapeutic approaches our team uses take each of these factors into account. Our team includes registered psychologists, social workers, and a certified yoga therapist. We are also pleased to have psychiatrists as part of our team to exclusively serve our military and veteran population.

Counselling & Therapy

Almost all people have to deal with a certain level of stress in their lives. However, there are times when challenges take over a person’s feelings, energy, or perhaps all aspects of life. Professional guidance can help a person organize their thoughts, work through a personal issue and learn new strategies for reaching their goals. Counselling is a collaborative effort between you and your clinician, working toward the same goals. Our psychologists are professionally trained to use a variety of therapeutic approaches to address a range of concerns, including general help to specific issues.

Yoga Therapy

Biofeedback and Self-Regulation

Yoga therapy is an acute intervention for many physical and psychological concerns. The therapist assists clients in learning to self-regulate and work towards a particular goal (ex. reducing anxiety, managing chronic pain, improving sleep). The therapeutic methods used are evidence-based and include breath training, neuromuscular re-patterning, grounding, and vagal nerve stimulation. This service is not equivalent to participating in a yoga class. 

Counselling and Therapeutic Approaches

We are here for you. Below are some topics our clinicians are trained to help you with. Please note this list is not exhaustive.

General Stress
Sometimes life puts obstacles in our way. Working with a psychologist about life stressors and general concerns is a great start to overcoming those obstacles.
Occupational Mental Health
Anxiety
Depression
Emotional Concerns
Relationship Difficulties
Anger Management
Behavioral Problems
Body Image
Gender Identity
Sexual Orientation
Life Transitions
Loss & Grief
Substance Use
Phobias
Attachments Concerns
Developmental Concerns
Parenting
Separation & Divorce
Trauma
Attention, Concentration & Thinking Concerns
Family & Couple Challenges
Learning Difficulties
Sports Psychology
Pain Management
Our clinicians are not limited by the number of different evidence-based therapeutic approaches they use. These approaches are akin to having a box of tools. Many tools may be utilized to address the presenting concerns. Each person's treatment plan depends on many factors, including the nature of the problems and personal suitability for that approach.
Our clinicians are proficient in:

Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and attitudes, and changing the negative behaviours associated with them. This approach also helps the client to develop healthy coping skills.

Dialectical-Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
DBT provides you with coping skills to help manage emotions and conflicts in interpersonal relationships. It focuses on providing these skills in the areas of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
EFT focuses on adult relationships and attachment. This approach aims to bring awareness to processing emotions. It examines the patterns in a relationship and helps to develop a secure bond and trust in the relationship.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
This therapeutic method is a body-centred approach that aims to treat the physical symptoms associated with trauma, such as the freeze, and fight or flight responses.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is an action-oriented approach. The aim is for the client to accept troubling emotions instead of avoiding or denying them. Once acceptance is reached, they can commit to making the appropriate behavioural changes to move in a positive direction.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
This approach incorporates meditative practices into cognitive therapy to teach clients how to break the cycle of negative thoughts.

Interpersonal Therapy
This approach helps to improve the quality of relationships and social functioning to relieve distress. The strategies used are helpful to resolve problems in the areas of unfulfilling relationships, grief or loss, difficult life transitions, and interpersonal conflicts.

Solution-Focused Therapy
This form of treatment focuses on finding solutions to the current problems in life to attain a quicker resolution. Part of this approach involves understanding what role you need to take to improve your life.

Narrative Therapy
This type of counselling separates people from their problems to allow the clients to take a step back from the problem and examine it from another perspective. This method allows clients to ‘rewrite’ how their concerns impact their life.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a unique form of therapy to help diminish negative feelings and beliefs associated with trauma. It focuses less on the traumatic event and more on the feelings associated with it. This approach involves a guided hand motion technique or tactile cueing devices.

Assessments

True North offers various types of psychological assessments. These assessments may evaluate thinking, learning and behaviour, emotional or behavioural concerns, vocational suitabilities, and much more. Assessments may include an interview in which the psychologist asks questions about different areas of your life to learn about your strengths, weaknesses, needs, and concerns. The assessment may also include a series of standardized psychological tests to help gain similar information with greater detail. Such tests often involve tasks that you have some familiarity with, such as answering true/false questions, completing rating scales, or performing certain tasks with your hands. 

We offer the following assessments:
ADHD Assessment

This assessment is completed when there are concerns regarding attention, organization, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity.  

Psychoeducational Assessment

This assessment is completed when there are concerns with academic performance and learning. This assessment also investigates for Intellectual Disability. An assessment for Intellectual Disability and Adaptive Functioning can also be requested to specifically assess these areas. The price for this will depend on each case and will typically follow the hourly billing rate.  

Vocational Assessment

This assessment is conducted to identify possible occupations based on the client’s current capabilities, interests, and ability to work. 

Psychological Assessment

This assessment is completed when there are significant concerns regarding a person’s behaviour, thoughts, or feelings and seeks to identify the presence of a psychiatric condition to develop a treatment plan. 

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Rates

While True North services are customized to meet individual need and thus prices can vary depending on the services provided, the link below offers a general overview of our standard rates.

Policies

For more information on our cancellation, confidentiality, and use of electronic records, click below to view our policies.