Psychology

Children, Adults and Sport & Performance

The psychological services at Vivid Health are dedicated to providing the highest quality psychological services to children and their families. Clinicians are either psychologists or psychological associates registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and are qualified to evaluate, diagnose and treat a range of emotional, academic and interpersonal challenges. Psychological assessments, educational assessments, counseling and therapy are available to children, teens and their families. Individual therapy and counseling support is available to children, teens and adults. As our clinicians are regulated health professionals, services are covered by most extended health insurance plans.

Child Psychology & Assessments

 

Are you concerned about your child's academic development in the areas of reading, writing or math?  Do you feel that your son/daughter is underachieving at school?  Are difficulties with attention or organization interfering with your child's performance at school?  Do you see areas of exceptional cognitive and academic strengths that suggest your child may be gifted?  A psychological assessment can help by identifying strengths and needs, providing a diagnosis that can help access support and developing a plan to help your son/daughter achieve their fullest potential. 

 

PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS: Psychological assessments are available for children and adolescents in elementary, secondary or post-secondary school. All assessments are conducted by a registered psychologist and include an evaluation of cognitive skills, academics, attention and organizational skills. If you are concerned about your child's academic skills, social development, organizational skills or attention, a psychological assessment is a great place to start. Results can be used to identify strengths, diagnose needs and are accepted by both public and Catholic district school boards for identification. For more information and rates, please contact Dr. Lorraine Campbell. 

 

GIFTED ASSESSMENTS:  Students with exceptional cognitive and academic strengths can benefit from the accelerated learning, social milieu and enriched programming available in classes for gifted students. A gifted assessment at VividHealth includes a measure of cognitive profile and academic skills.

Counselling for Children, Teens & Parents

 

Whether your child or teen has been diagnosed with a disability or not, parenting is a challenge.  If you feel like you have tried everything and nothing is helping, parent coaching may be helpful.  Working with parents is often the best way to address individual goals for children or for the family.  In some cases, it can be helpful to reinforce these gains by providing individual counselling for children or teens.

Who would benefit from a psychological or educational assessment?

 

Students can struggle at school for a number of reasons. A psychological assessment could be helpful if teachers express consistent, repeated concerns about a student’s reading, language, attention, organization or math skills. Student who want to apply for accommodations at college or university require an assessment to be completed in either grade 11 or 12.


How long will it take?  

  

A complete psychological assessment involves 5 sessions. The first session (1 hour) with parents provides a description of the referral questions and a developmental history. Three testing session (2 hours each) are completed with the student. Finally, a feedback session is conducted with parents to present the results, communicate any diagnoses and share recommendations. A gifted assessment involves an initial consultation, two testing sessions and a parent feedback meeting. 


Will I get a report?

Parents are given a written report summarizing all results, diagnoses and recommendations. Permission is given for parents to share the report with either school or medical personnel.

 

How much will it cost?

 

Psychological assessments are charged a flat fee. Services offered by a registered psychologist are usually covered by most major health and benefit plans. Please contact Dr. Lorraine Campbell for current pricing. To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them.  Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers.  Some helpful questions you can ask them:

 

  • What are my mental health benefits?

  • What is the coverage amount for an assessment?

  • Is approval required from my primary care physician? 

 

Does the information remain confidential?

 

All information collected remains confidential and cannot be shared with school or other medical personnel without your written consent. The only exception to this confidentiality is there is suspected past or present abuse or if there is reason to suspect that the client is in danger of harming him/herself or another person. In these situations, information must be reported to the relevant authorities in keeping with the reporting obligations of psychologists under statutes and regulations of the province of Ontario. 

Adult Psychology

Areas of Focus (Adolescent and Adult Psychology): 

  • Generalised anxiety or worry

  • Depression or low mood

  • Life stressors such as transitions/changes, relationship stress or academic/work stress

  • Low self-confidence 

  • Pervasive self-doubt and/or self-criticism

  • Feelings of loneliness and/or isolation

 

Outcomes for adolescents (16 plus) and adults:

  • Skills for managing difficult emotions

  • Techniques for improving interpersonal effectiveness 

  • Skills for tolerating and soothing distress

  • Increased insight and self-awareness

  • Techniques for building self-compassion, confidence and self-acceptance

Our Approach
  • Client focused and empathic 

  • Focusing on the here-and-now and relating this to self-sabotaging patterns of behaviour

  • Building self -compassion and self-care with evidence-based treatments

  • Empowering clients to understand themselves and develop personalized strategies for meeting their need for confidence, connection and ease

 

Treatments
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Techniques

  • Mindful Self-compassion 

  • Mindfulness 

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

  • Short-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

  • Sport and Performance Psychology 

Sports and Performance Psychology

 

Inconsistency in performance
  • Performance anxiety

  • Fluctuations in performance due to the pressure of competition

  • Unresolved thoughts and feelings about past performances that are interfering with current performance

  • Managing negative emotions and thoughts while performing

  • Feelings of shame and low self-worth

  • Inability to recover from perceived ‘mistakes’ in performance 

  • Poor concentration and distractibility in performance

 

Outcomes for athletes
  • Develop an understanding of what peak performance looks and feels like

  • Learn techniques for mastering your emotions and thoughts before, during and after competition

  • Learn specific mental techniques for enhancing your mental game and thus improving performance

  • Develop an “inner coach” that enhances your performance

  • Overcome self-sabotaging behaviours and thoughts that are preventing peak performance

  • Learn how to recover skilfully and quickly from setbacks

  • Learn to focus your mind

 

 

Vivid Health

Tel: 647.478.1775

2312A Bloor Street West

Toronto ON M6S 1P2

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