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Psychology Services

Gain a new perspective

Psychology Services

Gain a new perspective

As soon as a person walks through my door, I bring a sense of curiosity, and a warm, grounding presence to understand what they are going through.

I work to share my knowledge of how human beings think, feel, and function under optimal conditions and times of stress to help them see their circumstances clearly and with compassion.

I work with adults (age 18 and up), providing one-on-one assessment and therapy/counselling. I offer a customized treatment approach that is grounded in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and takes into account people’s preferences and past treatment experiences, as well as what is most likely to work for specific problems; in other words, I run an evidence-informed practice. I often find that mindfulness, acceptance-based, and compassion-focused interventions can be helpful. I am committed to offering an LGBT positive space where all are welcome and included.

Services Include Aid In:

  • Life Stress

  • Police/Military Service Effects

  • Happiness & Emotional Health

  • Traumatic Stress

  • Relationship Stress

  • Work Stress

  • Loss/Grief

  • Depression

  • Anxiety (i.e., worry, panic, obsessions/compulsions, phobias)

  • Anger

  • Substance Use/Addictions

  • Sexual Health

 

Military/Police-Specific Services

I offer specialized assessments that look at whether someone’s difficulties are related to their military/policing role (i.e., entitlement assessments for Veterans Affairs and/or WSIB work-related claims). My knowledge of operational stress and the systemic and organizational factors that affect the experience of serving enable me to focus treatment on key issues. I have spent a large part of my professional life thinking about how best to help members come to terms with moral challenges they have been forced to confront. I find the following comment captures my thoughts well:

“Perhaps even more than good medical care, [service members] need individuals and communities who will commit to walk patiently alongside them, allowing them to tell their stories if and when they are ready to do so, even when these stories are distressing or complex or unbearably sad. [They] need a civilian culture that refuses to distance itself from them either through reflexive condemnation… and above all, they need to be taken seriously as moral beings who have stood for us in hazy and complicated places and who now bear witness to what that commitment entails.” W. Kinghorn (2012) USA Today

Referrals:

If you are looking for couples counselling, services for children/adolescents, or psychiatric medication (services I am unable to offer), I am happy to talk to you about potential options. I work closely with other providers involved in your care to ensure coordinated service delivery.

Extended Absence Alert:

I am currently away from my practice, with anticipate return date of Spring/April 2021.

Dr. Alexandra McIntyre-Smith