Mental Health Services
Currently there are two health care workers available to help patients suffering from mental health issues. A referral through your family doctor is necessary to access our mental health services. Prior to receiving an appointment the following questionnaire must be completed:
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPIST
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of evidence-based psychotherapy used to treat anxiety and mood disorders. CBT emphasizes the role of thinking in how we feel and how we behave, and it focuses on techniques that can help us change our thinking, our responses to others, and our mood; even when other people or the situation cannot change. CBT is a time-limited therapy (usually 10 to 16 sessions), and education and homework are central components. CBT is not strictly talk therapy, but rather a structured and directive approach that teaches you specific skills and techniques to ‘become your own therapist’.
The Norfolk Family Health Team Cognitive Behavioural Therapist obtained her Ph.D. in 2002, and has practiced as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist since 2006. She was certified a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) 2010, and is the founding member of The Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT-ACTCC).
CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER & THERAPIST
The Norfolk Family Health Team Clinical Social Worker and Therapist is also a Registered Nurse. Through the use of her social work skills, knowledge, strategies and interventions, she aids treatment for a variety of mild to moderate mental health issues. Her field of practice involves the assessment, treatment and evaluation of a patient’s societal and interpersonal circumstances.
The Cinical Social Worker and Therapist also provides health wellness education and coping support to improve and maintain social and emotional functioning by helping individuals develop a more effective and healthier behavioural pattern. She facilitates access to required community resources, lessoning environmental stressors.
The Clinical Social Worker and Therapist mental health services are available to people of all ages, including children, teens, adults and seniors. Patient(s) can attend counselling as an individual, couple, family and/or group. In collaboration with the Family Doctor and other professionals of the Family Health Team, they work closely together to provide coactive patient care.