MENTAL, EMOTIONAL, INTELLECTUAL HEALTH
Please Note: We are not a distress centre. If your situation is an emergency please go to the nearest hospital.
Whatever your situation, whether it's just a concern, you feel emotionally injured, have personal conflicts, feel out of sorts, sad, down, health issues, depressed, wanting to get to the root cause of a psychological issue, need healing, or just need someone to talk to, you've come to the right place. Sessions are offered by secure audio or video conferencing, and in person. Each professional has their own style and rates vary.
Payment for services is due at time of booking and a receipt for your insurance or income tax claims will be issued following your appointment.
Some professionals are open to discuss fee reduction arrangements when multiple sessions are scheduled and completed. Fees may be paid by credit card, debit card or Paypal.
Please note that first sessions usually require an approximate ten minute intake assessment. All one hour sessions are approximately 50 or so minutes allowing the remaining time for note taking.
An optimal state of emotional well-being is essential to achieving overall wellness. Emotional health includes one's ability to appropriately express their emotions, their ability to learn, and their ability to have meaningful social interactions and connections. Maintaining these aspects of emotional health can at times be difficult. Each of us has our own unique circumstance and levels of stress we may face in overcoming challenges.
Some essential components to your overall intellectual health include: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, education and learning, ability to adapt to change, ability to access resources, mental status and abilities or challenges.
Are you able to think about issues critically?
Do you have a creative outlet in your life?
Intellectual health is a vital part of your overall health and well-being.
To be creative you may want to take an art class or learn a new skill. To become a critical thinker, research both sides of an argument.
Mental health is a state of well-being in which the individual is aware their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to their community.
Mental illness is a recognized, medically diagnosable illness that results in the significant impairment of an individuals cognitive, affective or relational abilities. Mental disorders result from biological, developmental and/or psychosocial factors and can be managed using approaches comparable to those applied to physical disease (i.e., prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation).
Although the terms are often used interchangeably, mental health and mental illness is not the same thing; but they are also not mutually exclusive. A fundamental difference between mental health and mental illness is that everyone has some level of mental health all of the time, just like physical health, whereas it is possible to be without mental illness. Mental illness is extremely prevalent around the world. However, the main burden of illness is concentrated in a much smaller proportion about 6 percent, or one in 17, who suffer from a serious mental illness.
Despite poor mental health not defined as an illness, having poor mental health is associated with emotional distress and psychosocial impairment comparable to that of a major depressive episode. The effects of poor mental health are both severe and prevalent, with poor mental health being more common than depression.
Mental health is not static
Mental health and mental illness change over time depending on many factors. Some of the factors that influence mental health include: levels of personal and workplace stress; lifestyle and health behaviours; exposure to trauma; and genetics. When demands placed on any individual exceed their resources and coping abilities, their mental health will be negatively affected.
Types of mental illnesses
There are many different types of mental illnesses, just as there are many types of physical illness. Some of the defining characteristics of a mental illness are:
that it is a recognized, medically diagnosable illness;
that it can cause significant cognitive, affective, or relational impairment;
that it results from biological, developmental and/or psychosocial factors;
that it can be managed using physical disease approaches (i.e. prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation).
Some of the more common and well researched mental illnesses, by category of illness, include:
Mood disorders (affective disorders): Depression, mania and bipolar
Anxiety disorders: Generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder
Psychotic disorders: schizophrenia
Concurrent disorders: addictions and substance abuse
Personality disorders: antisocial personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder