We are skilled to treat
a growing number of concerns

At the Amicus Group, we are able to treat a growing number of concerns. This is not an exhaustive list so please contact us if you are looking for assistance with an issue not listed here.

Substance Use Issues

The use of drugs, alcohol, or other drugs affects each person differently, and some may find themselves struggling to find balance in their use. Substance use issues can impact people in different ways and to different extents.

How we can help:

We use a Harm Reduction Approach to the treatment of substance use issues. This means that we recognize that total abstinence may not be a goal for you at the time that you pursue treatment. We will work with you to achieve goals that are meaningful and attainable for you.

We can work with you to:

  • Identify the underlying function of the substance use and its possible origins
  • Explore triggers for the use and create strategies to manage the triggers
  • Assist in emotional regulation
  • Create self-care strategies and safety plans
  • Address collateral impacts of the substance use (such as damage to relationships, employment, etc)

Depression

Depression is one of the most commonly occurring mental health concerns in our society. If you find yourself experiencing any of the following, please contact us:

  • Feeling hopeless
  • Loss of interest in activities that you previously enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite or rapid weight fluctuation
  • Changes in sleep (no longer able to sleep or oversleeping)
  • Increased anger or irritability
  • Loss of energy, feeling lethargic
  • Difficulty concentrating; problems with memory
  • Reckless behaviour
  • Feeling like you want to give up, or like life is too hard

How we can help:

  • Explore the origins of the depressive symptoms and address them
  • Identify triggers for depression and create strategies to cope with them
  • Create plans for structuring the day to reduce symptoms and create check-in points
  • Assist to process emotions that feed the depressive symptoms
  • Use a strengths-based approach to assist in managing thoughts and emotions

Anxiety

If you experience intense or persistent worry, panic, or anxiety that is out of proportion for the situation, it may benefit you to contact us to start learning about your triggers.

How we can help:

  • Work to reduce symptoms of anxiety
  • Identify and address triggers for anxiety
  • Create and practice coping strategies
  • Explore the possible origins or contributing factors for the anxiety
  • Process difficult emotions related to the anxiety

Anger

If anger is out of control, explosive, or impacting on your relationships/work/other commitments, it may be useful to speak to one of our skilled therapists.

How we can help:

  • Explore triggers for the anger
  • Help to find alternate ways to channel anger in a positive manner
  • Address the origins or contributing factors for the anger
  • Create safety plans and strategies for de-escalation
  • Develop tools and resources to change current environment
  • Address negative thought patterns and negative self talk, and create more balanced thinking processes

Grief & Loss

Grief can occur following kind of loss, including the loss of a job, a relationship, an opportunity, or your health. It can be a complicated process that often involves a great variety of emotions. Healing can be slow and laboured, but with the right support it can make a world of difference.

How we can help:

  • Provide a safe and comfortable space to discuss the loss and how it has impacted you
  • Explore its impact on thoughts, emotions, behaviours, and perspective
  • Address the emotional response to the loss and create strategies to work through it
  • Create coping strategies and other supports

Relationship Difficulties

Problems in a relationship can bring up difficult emotions, such as anger, loneliness, guilt, fear, and helplessness. Often, communication is the first thing to break down when facing an obstacle in a relationship. Therapy can help reopen the lines of communication, and assist you to explore the underlying causes of the relationship difficulty. Topics can include communication, healthy boundaries, trust, sexual intimacy, and conflict resolution.

How we can help:

  • Provide a safe and comfortable space to discuss issues openly
  • Examine underlying issues or contributing factors to the conflict
  • Help to develop strategies for de-escalating, calming, and connection
  • Assisting to develop new intimacy patterns
  • Resolving barriers to communication

Life Crisis

A life crisis is any event that represents a major shift in the course, nature, or quality of one’s life. Common life crisis events might include: mid-life crises, change in relationship status, the loss of employment, sudden retirement, difficult transitions (such as becoming a parent/grandparent, changing career trajectory, children leaving home), or a change in medical/health status. These events might cause you to feel overwhelmed, confused, or withdrawn, and we encourage you to reach out to us to begin a conversation about moving forward.

How we can help:

  • Provide a safe and comfortable space to discuss issues openly
  • Identify patterns in the responses to the crisis event
  • Explore the links between past events and current distress
  • Develop coping strategies and safety plans

Trauma

Trauma can result from a variety of events, and thus, the trauma response can be similarly varied. It can result in an inability to cope with the traumatic memories, and a re-experiencing of the trauma through flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, or nightmares.

How we can help:

  • Identify the trauma response and its impacts on personal, physical, and other functioning
  • Create a safe space to process and discuss issues
  • Use grounding techniques to anchor to the here and now
  • Developing insight about emotional triggers
  • Creating coping strategies

Stress Management

In large amounts, stress can be extremely detrimental to one’s health and overall functioning. It can interfere with meeting our work demands, in our ability to maintain close relationships, and lead to several consequences to physical health. Our therapists can help you to manage your stress and work towards positive growth.

How we can help:

  • Explore the roots of the stress
  • Create strategies for coping and managing the stress
  • Look at the impacts of the stress and create goal planning related to those factors
  • Help to change automatic negative thinking patterns
  • Promote positive psychological health

Career and Motivational Counselling

Career and motivational counselling can help you re-evaluate or re-design your career path, address issues you may experiencing within your current work, or figure out where you want to go next.

How we can help:

  • Identify presenting issues in current career or path
  • Evaluate options and weigh risks and benefits
  • Help to achieve balance between work and personal life
  • Assist in creating new meaning in your work
  • Create coping strategies for managing workplace stress

Therapeutic Approaches

Our therapists are skilled and able to work from a variety of therapeutic approaches. At the Amicus Group, we believe in service that is client-directed and client-focussed.

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