Helping you find your light.
Our mental health counselling draws on counselling approaches that will provide an open, safe and non-judgmental space by helping to build a strong relationship based on trust. This will help facilitate insight, compassion and understanding into one’s own thoughts and experiences. We will work with you to identify a direction of counselling tailored to each individual or family’s needs to meet you where you are at.
We use a variety of evidence-based therapies and solution-focused counselling techniques, including:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Solution-Focus Brief Therapy
Relationship Based Therapy Techniques
Therapeutic Play – ages 12 and under
When your struggles become difficult to navigate we can gently guide you, as you share your experiences, and work towards solutions. Counselling is a safe space where you are able to go through a therapeutic and healing process.
During your session, the thoughts and emotions that lead to your actions (good and bad) are given a place to be heard and healed. This helps you and your family improve resilience in dealing with the symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, grief, trauma, relationship problems, adjusting to life transitions, and many other areas of mental health.
During Lighthouse counselling sessions, we provide a space where healing comes from being heard, where growth and insight comes from shared experiences and where children, teens and adults are given a place to learn how to flourish.
Alternative Healing is the use of non-mainstream practices in place of conventional medicine or treatment. Our bodies and our minds process life events and stressors differently than anyone else around us, resulting in different ailments, such as pain, discomfort or just causing our bodies to be out of balance. Alternative healing will help realign your body and your mind.
Alternative healing modalities that are offered are:
Therapeutic play is ideal for children and youth with mild to moderate adjustment problems.
For Children, play is not only an activity, but also a method of communication, through which they can express themselves and process “tricky feelings” which they may have difficulty putting into words. Play allows free expression of thoughts and opinions about the world and it is a child’s natural way of recovering from daily emotional upheavals.
When children are troubled and struggling to adapt, therapeutic play offers a means to learn to solve problems, to get along with others and to develop the skills they need to grow and learn. Like any other language it takes practice and time to develop.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
EMDR is a structured therapy that encourages clients to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories.
The Adaptive Information Processing model considers symptoms of PTSD and other disorders (unless physically or chemically based) to result from past disturbing experiences that continue to cause distress because the memory was not adequately processed. These unprocessed memories are understood to contain the emotions, thoughts, beliefs and physical sensations that occurred at the time of the event. When the memories are triggered these stored disturbing elements are experienced and cause the symptoms of PTSD and/or other disorders.
Unlike other treatments that focus on directly altering the emotions, thoughts and responses resulting from traumatic experiences, EMDR therapy focuses directly on the memory, and is intended to change the way that the memory is stored in the brain, thus reducing and eliminating the problematic symptoms.
Child Behaviour Consultation
This is for the overwhelmed parent/s and caregiver/s who do not want therapy but rather looking for advice and applicable tools to help with your child’s behaviour. We don’t need to see ourselves in “crisis” when seeking help. Sometimes we just need a few tools to get back on track. Our time together will provide you with solid strategies that teach and do not shame. Each child is unique and you as parent knows them best! There for our consult, strategies and tools will be personalized to your family. Don’t worry about taking notes or remembering every detail, I will always send you a written re-cap of our meeting. I know how important you time is and since we are not limited to city, province or country, consultations can take place via video call, phone call or if you prefer in my office. What kind of concerns does this cover? positive discipline tools, sibling rivalry, sharing, separation anxiety, tantrums, and tool on raising independent, responsible, happy children and more!
What does a consult include:
-Custom intake form
-50 mins 1:1 Video Call or in person meeting
-Custom written support + personalized strategies for your child
-One follow-up email to fine tune what you have implemented
Have a question or want advice only on how to deal with any general parenting issue?
Here's your chance! Once you completed your intake form, we’ll set up a video/phone call or in person meeting. You’ve got 50 minutes to bring your Qs on behaviour, development, life transitions, tantrums - you name it! I’ll tell you everything you need to know so you can start implementing new strategies immediately. You’ll leave with confidence & peace of mind as you pave an improved relationship with your child.
*This does not come with any formal materials, recaps or follow up support*
If you are a past behaviour consult client and need some more guidance or have a new concern, please book this service. Th follow up can be arranged as a 50minute phone/video call, in person meeting or email questions and answers, depending on your needs.
Family and Individual Mediation
Individual Conflict Resolution Consults: a preventative service to provide you with skills to work through conflict in a healthy manor and build communication skills.
Child Centred Mediation Consults: working with parents and guardians individually or together (who are in a relationship or apart) to build healthy communication and resolution skills focused on the needs of their child/children.
Mental health and wellness support groups and debriefs; monthly relatable topics and guest speakers to support and provide education in areas that are common and at the request of our community such as mental health, body image issues, healthy conflict, family dynamics, parenting overstimulation, healthy communication, wellness practices, and so much more!
Community Supports Liaison: I know it can feel overwhelming to find the supports you need and then even more so to actually reach out or physically go to an appointment. I can help point you in the right direction and support you in reaching out to local services in our community that are suitable for you.
Trauma Informed Yoga
Trauma-informed yoga is a safer way of healing through the practice of yoga. This is what is referred to as a bottom-up approach.It lessens the chance of being triggered by past traumas. We store trauma energies (emotions) in our bodies. By releasing these emotions from our psoas muscle (known as the muscle of the soul) we can release pent up energy in a safe way making room for new beginnings.
Vagal toning is an embodiment practice. The vagus nerve (10th cranial nerve) when stimulated, turns on the parasympathetic nervous system to bring about rest, restoration and digestion. Turning on the parasympathetic nervous shifts one out of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) restoring balance to one's nervous system. This is where healing and growth can begin.
Resiliency training focusses on these four areas, emotional, cognitive and mental, physical and spiritual resilience. Incorporating breath exercises with love and kindness practices one can lower stress levels, begin to feel connected (mind, body and spirit) see challenges as areas of potential growth and find a state of ease and flow in life.
Tapping or EFT(Emotional Freedom Technique) is an embodied approach to relieving stress and unpleasant emotions. It is an intentional practice which can release one from habitual patterns of thinking and being. The practice draws on the principle of Chinese acupuncture (performed through acupressure) with cognition (repeating a phrase of acceptance and one of hope).
Client Intake Form
Please download and fill in the appropriate client intake form using the buttons below. Once completed, you can email the form (email address is on the form) or fax it to 1 855-827-5441. If you need assistance filling out these forms, please contact us and we will help you over the phone.
We provide receipts once payment is received, for any insurance you might have.
Clients under First Nations and Inuit Health Branch are direct billed.
**Please note: As of May 1st our fees will be increasing:
Counseling Intake Online/Phone = $125
Therapeutic Play Intake = $155
Alternative Healing = $125
Parent Consultation (coaching) = $125
Child Behaviour Consult = $250
Child Behaviour Insight Meeting= $150
Child Behaviour Follow up = $125
Therapeutic Play = $130
EMDR = $125
Family Counselling (any session that includes 2 or more people) = $130
Family and Individual Mediation = $75/hour
Trauma Informed Yoga = $125 / 50 min
Vagal Toning = $125 / 50 min
Resiliency Training = $125 / 50 min
Tapping / ETF = $125 / 50 min
Brainspotting locates points in the client’s visual field that helps to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. These relevant eye positions helps the therapist locate, focus, process and release a wide range of emotional and body-based conditions. It’s believed that it taps into and harnesses the body’s natural self-scanning and self-healing ability. It can also help find and strengthen our natural resources and resilience. It’s goal is to bypass the conscious, neocortical thinking to access the deeper, subcortical emotional and body-based parts of the brain. Brainspotting is effective for a wide variety of emotional and somatic conditions, including trauma-based situation, anxiety, depression and other behavioural conditions.
We respect the treaties that were made on these lands and acknowledge that Brandon and Lighthouse Wellness Centre is located on Treaty 2 lands, the traditional home lands of Dakota, Anishanabek, Oji-cree, Cree, Dene, Metis people. We fully intend to continue growing as allies and learning how we can be of better support to our Indigenous communities and clients.