Allegro Counselling in Edmonton, AB offers psychological services including couples counselling, marriage counselling, family and individual counselling to help patients create positive outcomes in their life. If you're suffering from depression, anxiety, or personality disorder, Allegro Counselling can help you achieve your goals.
The various mental health concerns that we treat includes but not limited to: bereavement, trauma, career counselling, weight loss, eating disorders, smoking cessation, sepearation and divorce, parenting, and addictions.
Counselling Services at Allegro are offered to assist with various forms of mental health concerns including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, bereavement, trauma, career counselling, weight loss and eating disorders, smoking cessation, separation and divorce, parenting, children's mental health, addictions, couples and relationships.
We also offer Trauma Counselling, Life Coaching, and Child Mental Health Counselling. Allegro Counselling offers various forms of mental health concerns that helps patients overcome their personal life struggles and achieve long-lasting positive results.
There are over a thousand different named psychotherapies, some being minor variations while others are based on different conceptualizations.
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Several psychological assessments are available such as: vocational, psycho-vocational, aptitude testing and many more.
Couples bring a very unique dynamic to therapy. Both parties play a role in building the relationship and as well as implementing solutions to any problems they may be dealing with. There is no blame within our therapies, only efforts to bring partners and family members closer together, so they can communicate what they really need from the relationship.
A child mental state is important, it can affect their self-esteem, grades in school and overall quality of life. Having your child receive counselling services can be greatly beneficial for them in the long term as well. Play is perhaps the most developmentally suitable medium for young children to cultivate safe and meaningful child-adult relationships, process anxiety-provoking experiences, learn and practice social skills and develop cause-effect thinking related to impulse control (Bratton et al., 2013). Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which play is used to communicate with and help clients, usually children, prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. The modality of play therapy can be modified according to the therapeutic setting and to the client’s age and circumstance.
According to Dr. Van Kirk our relationships can be evaluated by looking at 6 different factors. He expands on the idea that chemistry attracts us to someone in the beginning but other factors become important when you are looking for a long term partner. Beyond the physical attraction that initially draws us to someone, other aspects must demonstrate compatibility. Dr. Van Kirk suggests these are: personality / Intellectual, lifestyle, spiritual, financial and sexual.
Our goals and desires tend to evolve year by year however it is important that you and your partner commit to roughly the same direction. A financial strain often becomes a problem for couples where one spouse carries more of the weight than another. Some couples are perfectly happy with one party supporting the other and some couples find this causes a divide in their union over time. It is important to examine these 6 aspects of your relationship and outline your expectations. Lifestyle choices often blend into this category because ‘where our money’ is spent becomes a joint venture. Couples tend to have very different ideas of how to spend and save money and this will always vary in each relationship, but it is good to set boundaries early on. Similar to a physical, it is good to routinely check in on your marriage or union, reviewing where you both have gone and where you would like to go next. Relationships remain healthy when both parties are receptive to receiving feedback and making adjustments accordingly. Keeping a healthy balance in the relationship where there is even give causes both parties to feel validation. If a need is unmet for too long, one person is bound to pull away.
Often during years of early development, we are subjected to stress beyond our control. Sometimes it is being teased by peers, other times is that we are forced to listen to our parent's fight. Being subjected to these highs and lows on a frequent basis while growing up may cause a negative effect on how we formulate relationships later in life. Cyclical patterns can be seen as we become older and often we are not aware they have resulted from unhealthy situations, (out of our control) during early development. For example, if we are raised in a home where there is a lot of arguments, speaking down to each other, negativity and control – we may unknowingly fall into these same patterns with our adult relationships. We may choose a spouse who fits that mould perfectly and in turn, re-create the cycle of stress and abuse we are used to.
Depressive tendencies stemming from stagnation are quite common, but this is not the end of the line for peoples marriage. I tell many of my clients that “humans thrive when they feel a sense of progress”.
Individually we are designed and equipped to handle trauma because it is almost inescapable during a lifetime. Traumatic experiences resonate differently with each individual because we create our own perception of events. For example, for one family the loss of a loved one can create pain, suffering and depression whereas for another it may give peace to know their loved one has gone to Heaven. Perception of events is a very important factor when assessing the severity of traumatic exposure. Duration, frequency, or length of exposure is another important factor to consider while treating trauma. If a client has been repeatedly beaten or sexually abused for months as opposed to an isolated incident, this will significantly impact their perception of events. Often trauma experienced by one person can also leave a mark on the entire family. Those who experienced a sudden jolt of trauma may appear to go from a fun-loving, caring and funny extrovert, to a sad, angry and dark introvert with the blink of an eye. Aside from the person who directly experienced the trauma, a spouse, parents, siblings or close friends may also feel the subsequent impact through a change in their loved one's character or behaviour.
Traumatic events may be difficult for us to move on from however therapeutic intervention is the best place to turn. By seeking help from a trained professional you can seek out support in order to minimize the cause of impairment to your daily life. One technique that I have found to be interesting is called the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Practitioners must be separately trained to conduct this form of therapeutic intervention as it is not standard practice. EFT is a method which focuses on the use of energy points or meridians in your body. Much like Reiki or Acupuncture, the focus is to tap on these points, while discussing a sequence of events which led to the trauma currently impairing your life. Although Western medical practices do not currently emphasize such methods, this knowledge has been around for thousands of years and used by ancient cultures from around the world. EFT is an evidence-based practice demonstrating a huge reduction of Post-Traumatic based symptoms in past and present military personal. This method reprograms the Qi-energy feedback in our bodies and enhances a smoother flow of energy when the brain begins to think about the traumatic event. It also helps the heart and mind connection to be reprogrammed in a smoother way to alleviate the tense feelings often associated with PTSD. For more information on EFT, contact Sasha at Allegro Counselling for your free Consultation.
At Allegro Counselling Services, we offer a compassionate and confidential environment to get you back on track to success. You will receive a full mental health assessment for your needs as well as weekly follow ups and progress tracking. Theraputic techniques commonly used are: solution focued and client centered therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, psychoanalysis and emotional freedom technique.
Therapeutic services at Allegro offer a holistic approach towards the challenges you are currently facing in life. This approach focuses on intellectual, spiritual, social, physical and occupational well being. An individualized treatment plan is developed for you with your goals of therapy in mind. Your concerns are treated using client focused therapy which means you can alter your goals for therapeutic advancement at any time.
Treatment will otherwise be directed using psycho-education with blended therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Thearpy, Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Psychoanalysis and many more.
Allegro Counselling is managed by Sasha Campbell. She has over 10 years of experience in helping clients from all ages from children to adults. Sasha’s approach to counselling is collaborative, solution-focused, and client-centered. She makes sure that she incorporates the values of empathy, compassion, tolerance and respect in each session to make sure that she establishes a long-lasting therapeutic milieu.
Sasha Campbell has been the Director of Allegro Counselling since 2013, which is now located on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton, AB. She has over 10 years of experience, helping clients of all ages including children, teens, adults and couples. Her career in mental health began at the Ottawa Distress Center, offering phone support to distressed callers and providing available resources. She then worked for the YMCA as a support worker, helping transient youth and adults as well as newcomers to Canada.
Sasha spent five years working full time at a Children's Mental Health Center as a counsellor working with children and their parents, doing in-home visits, conducting treatment plans and coordinating Wraparound meetings. In 2016 she was published by OACCPP for her work on “Traumatic Exposure” and was also featured in a press release for City of Toronto Employees experiencing stress and trauma in the workforce. She was a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists in good standing from 2013-2017 and is now a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists since 2017.
Her approach to counselling is collaborative, client-centred and solution-focused. She incorporates the values of compassion, tolerance and respect during each session to establish a lasting therapeutic milieu. Therapeutic services at Allegro offer a holistic approach towards challenges with a focus on intellectual, biological spiritual, social, physical and occupational well being.
An individualized treatment plan is developed for you with your goals of therapy in mind. Your concerns are treated using client-centred therapy, meaning each client plays a large role in their treatment process. Treatment will otherwise be directed using Psychoeducation with blended therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Sand Tray, Humanistic Therapy, Psychoanalysis and many more.
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