Regina Psychology Services

SERVICES FOR CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, ADULTS, FAMILIES AND SCHOOLS

Psychology Services Regina – Counselling, Consulting, Assessment

Learning Support and Mental Health

We are pleased to offer a range of psychological services, including both assessment and counselling services. Our psychological services offer support to children, adolescents, adults and families, in the following areas: 

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Behavioural Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce, Separation or Blended Families
  • Family Conflict
  • Giftedness
  • Grief & Loss
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Life & Career Transitions
  • Peer Pressure
  • Perfectionism
  • Relationship Problems
  • School Stress
  • Self Esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Work Stress

We use solution focused, developmentally appropriate teaching strategies to address your needs. We are committed to providing nurturing support and intuitive guidance to help individuals grow to empowerment, independence and a healthy focus on connection and relationships.

The Anat Baniel Method®(ABM®)

The Joshua Tree Learning Centre is proud to offer a NEW service called the Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement®. This is a cutting-edge, science-based approach that transforms the lives of children and adults, helping them move beyond pain and limitation.

What is ABM? 

ABM focuses on a technique called NeuroMovement®. NeuroMovement® helps develop the brain’s ability to sense small differences in the way you move, think and feel. This allows you to make extraordinary leaps forward in your function. Your pain levels decrease or disappear. You enhance your performance in all activities. 

Whether you are in good health or have a limiting diagnosis, this method gives you tools to make the impossible possible and to live life more fully, with greater joy and success. 

Who Can Benefit? 

Adults who would like to overcome pain, improve balance, increase flexibility and strength, and overcome limitations due to injuries/surgeries.

Children with special needs can also benefit. This may be helpful for individuals with autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injury, genetic disorders, and undiagnosed developmental disorders.

How Can I Try It? 

Our Certified Practitioner, Patrick Hill, ABM® NeuroMovement®,will meet with you to discuss your needs and advise on an individual program.

“Movement doesn’t just happen in the bones, muscles and ligaments – these are the mechanics of action. Actions are the combined activity of the brain and mechanics. Traditional approaches focus on the mechanics, but the mechanics are controlled by the brain.” 

Individual Private Lessons– Patrick will gently guide your movements and direct your focus, creating a lesson for your specific needs

Group Classes– Your movements will be verbally guided by a practitioner. The movements are done slowly and gently and progress from very easy to more complex.

Intensives– A group of lessons over a period of 3-5 days. Intensives can provide incredible breakthroughs in function and pain reduction. 

At home– Online programs that can be done in the comfort of your own home or at the office.

Contact the Joshua Tree Learning Centre today for more information! 306-546-5674

Pain conditions we can help with:

  • Neck, shoulder, lower back pain
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve Pain 

ABM/NeuroMovement®may also help with:

  • Stroke recovery
  • ADHD
  • Scoliosis
  • Anti-aging
  • High Performers such as professional athletes, musicians, singers, and dancers

 

Speech and Language Pathology 

Our speech and language pathologists screen, assess, identify and treat speech, language, voice, fluency (stuttering, swallowing and feeding problems for children. They can help your child with communication skills, reasoning, problem-solving, and executive functioning. They also help with pre-reading and reading skills including phonological awareness, decoding, reading comprehension and writing. They can help individuals with developmental, intellectual and genetic disorders, neurological impairments, hearing impairment and traumatic brain injury.

Yoga

The research on the effects of yoga on mental and physical wellbeing is growing every day. It is known to be an effective complement to clinical therapy to help manage and cope with symptoms of trauma, stress, depression, anxiety, attention and concentration. Yoga promotes relaxation, self-soothing and body awareness skills and provides an opportunity to apply the cognitive therapy tools and techniques learned in therapy. Yoga also provides an opportunity to meet others and develop relationships, which has also been shown to help alleviate symptoms of emotional distress. 

 

Counselling

LIVE BETTER. LOVE BETTER. WORK BETTER.  Whether you’re an individual, couple, sibling, or a parent and child, better relationships are the foundation to a happier, more successful life. Registered Psychologist Stacey Adelman offers individual therapy, family therapy to help you with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family changes
  • Divorce
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • Self-esteem
  • Behavioural troubles
  • Bullying
  • Anger management
  • Shyness
  • Dissatisfaction and more
  • ADHD and learning strategies
  • Supporting family members with disabilities

Psycho-Educational Assessments

Preschoolers, grade school students and college or university students are referred for a psycho-educational assessment for many reasons:

  • Difficulties learning at school, college, or university
  • “Gifted” learning profile
  • Concerns regarding child development
  • Behavioural challenges
  • Concern that a student’s true potential is not being realized
  • The need for “accommodations” in the classroom and for exams
  • School placement or programming

Our psychologists have significant training and experience providing a holistic lens to psycho-educational assessment. She incorporates knowledge and research about brain development and includes an individual’s strengths and needs, family life, school experiences and any other information that may provide context to an individual’s learning experience.

The assessment process is grounded in the CHC Theory. All people have different “types” of intellectual abilities so to ensure a well-rounded understanding of an individual’s learning needs, it is important to include a wide variety of activities that measure many different “types” of intellectual abilities.

A psycho-educational assessment may include some measures of language development, social-emotional development, behavioural patterns, motor development, and academic achievement or school-type performance. We are pleased to offer a holistic approach to psycho-educational testing to children, adolescents and adults.

How it Works 

The process begins by scheduling an intake session. At this session, they psychologist asks parents to share information about your child and let her know your child’s specific needs. This is typically a session just for the parent(s) although it may be appropriate for an older student to be involved with this session.

The psychologist will then meet with the student for 4 to 6 hours of direct assessment time. This is typically scheduled across two assessment sessions. It is very important the psychologist sees the student’s best attention and functioning, so she provides ample opportunities for breaks and rest.

When the direct assessment time is complete, the psychologist will create a comprehensive written report documenting the assessment results, recommendations and accommodations.

When the report is complete, the parent(s) are invited to an assessment debrief session. During this session, we review the assessment outcomes and details of the report. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and really understand the meaning of the results. You will be invited to review the report and provide feedback. Although there are certain things that cannot be altered in the report, it is important to us you have a final report that you are comfortable with and that adequately represents the child you know.

Following the parent debrief, the child is invited for their own debrief, depending on the child’s age and stage of development. During this session, the psychologist talks with the parent(s) and the child about the assessment results in child-friendly terms to help the child understand his/her own learning profile.

For the adult student, the debrief session would be available for the student and any of his/her identified supports (parents, friends, involved professionals).

After the debriefs are completed, the psychologist is available to liaise with educators in schools, post-secondary settings and workplace settings to communicate the assessment outcomes as well as be part of program planning and support implementation.

Parent Consultation

Questions about discipline? Behavioural challenges? Is your child struggling with your divorce?

Parenting in today’s world can be overwhelming. Parent consultation sessions are focused on helping you see beyond your child’s behaviour, and to work to understand this behaviour. We believe parents know their child best and intuitively have the answers they seek. We’re committed to working alongside you on your parenting journey and supporting you as you nurture your relationship with your child and find parenting strategies that work for you and your family.

Parent consultation involves parents/caregivers from one family meeting individually with a psychologist. The child is not part of the session — in fact, we recommend the child not even be aware you are seeking this support. Instead, we encourage our parents to own their intuitive power to parent, with parent consultation sessions remaining private between the parent(s) and the therapist.

Is something getting in the way of your child’s ability to do everyday tasks?

We’re here to help them build that ability and their confidence. Our team has extensive experience working with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), motor delays, behavioural challenges, and other related developmental delays.

Nobody knows your child better than you do, so we work closely with you to design a treatment plan unique to your child’s needs and gifts. Our clinicians also collaborate with other pediatric professionals such as speech-language pathologists and behaviour analysts so your child receives the most comprehensive care possible.

The goal is for you, the parent, to become the expert on strategies so that you can promote your child’s progress and independence at home, knowing we’ve got your back.

Orofacial Myology

The Joshua Tree Learning Centre is now offering Speech and Language programs focussing on the prevention, early identification and treatment of speech and language problems specializing in Orofacial Myology.

What is Orofacial Myology?

“The study and treatment of oral and facial muscles as they relate to speech, dentition, chewing/bolus collection, swallowing and overall mental and physical health.”  (Sandra Holtzman)

What is an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder?

Orofacial Myofunctional disorders are “any pattern involving oral and orofacial musculature that interferes with normal growth, development or function of structures or calls attention to itself.” (ASHA, 1993)

What are the goals for orofacial treatment?

  • Elimination of noxious habits
  • Restoration of nasal breathing
  • Treatment of improper chewing/swallowing
  • Restoring normal oral rest posture of the lips and tongue

Since each patient is unique, a Certified Orofacial Myologist will provide a customized treatment plan.  Neuromuscular exercises are used to retrain the lips, tongue and facial muscles.  These exercises retrain the muscles to rest in the proper place, as well as encourage children to eliminate noxious oral habits (i.e. thumb sucking, nail biting).

What can I expect?

The best results are obtained when the treatment exercises are practiced daily.

Therapy generally lasts between 4 to 12 months. The program can be modified to fit your schedule.

Appointments range from weekly to monthly visits.

The Joshua Tree Learning Centre is pleased to provide learning support to students of all ages

This type of support is ideal for any student who:

  • is struggling with academic skill acquisition in reading, writing, and math. (Students do not need to have a diagnosis of any kind to benefit from this program)
  • is feeling deflated about their school performance or themselves as a learner
  • has challenges with managing homework and/or staying organized
  • has a diagnosis of a specific learning disability, ADHD, Giftedness, Autism, FASD
 

An Individual Program Plan developed for each student

This plan is holistic and collaborative. The program may incorporate information gathered from parents, teachers, counsellors as well as psycho-educational, speech and language, and occupational therapy assessments.
 
Learning support utilizes a strength-based approach to intervention and remediation with a focus on HOW your child learns. Our remedial learning programs differ from traditional tutoring programs because we get to the root of the problem and provide remediation specifically to your child’s unique learning profile. 
 

Benefits of our programs:

  • Coaching/mentoring/guidance
  • Collaboration with your child’s school
  • A nurturing relationship that focuses on your child’s strengths and interests, while also addressing specific needs
  • Motivation and encouragement
  • Strategies for learning, doing homework, and taking tests
  • Self-management skills
  • Improved communication skills
  • Self-confidence, self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-acceptance
  • Thinking, decision making, and problem-solving skills
  • A development of metacognitive thinking. Your child will learn how they learn. They will develop strategies to advocate for themselves and take responsibility for their own learning.

INDIVIDUAL TUTORING

Before the first session, an individual assessment will be completed. This allows the teacher to pinpoint specific concepts and curriculum expectations with which the student is struggling. The information helps guide the teacher to effectively and efficiently help the student be more successful in reading.
 
As many as 31% of children entering kindergarten with attention deficit or hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) will have difficulty learning to read. Initial problems in reading usually do not go away without intensive intervention and individualized tutoring. By 9th grade, over 50% of students with ADHD will have developed moderate to severe reading delays or other reading problems (Shaywitz, Fletcher, & Shaywitz, 1994; 1995). Early monitoring and early support for these students is critical if they are to progress with their age peers.
This program is designed to address the needs of individuals in the areas of phonemic awareness, reading, spelling and comprehension skills based upon assessments and recommendations.

INDIVIDUAL REMEDIAL WRITTEN LANGUAGE PROGRAM

Before the first session, an individual written language assessment will be completed. This allows the teacher to pinpoint specific concepts and curriculum expectations with which the student is struggling. The information helps guide the teacher to effectively and efficiently help the student be more successful in written language.
 
Evidence-based research shows that struggling writers can improve their skills dramatically if they receive the detailed, explicit instruction they need.(Graham & Harris, 2005.) Such strategies can improve the writing skills of students with learning disabilities and are equally effective for individuals who just need extra help. Instruction is individualized and tailored to each student’s needs. Research shows that students become stronger writers through practice, so our students are given homework in between strategy sessions to reinforce their learning.

INDIVIDUAL REMEDIAL MATH PROGRAM

Before the first session, an individual math assessment is completed. This allows the teacher to pinpoint specific concepts and curriculum expectations with which the student is struggling. The information helps guide the teacher to effectively and efficiently help the student be more successful in math.

 
 Please contact Joshua Tree Learning Centre for more information. 306-546-5674

 

REMEDIAL GED PREPARATION PROGRAM

Test Preparation, The GED and Beyond!

The Joshua Tree Learning Centre enjoys an excellent reputation for highly individualized learning programs for the adult learner. We work closely with clients to customize a learning plan that meets each student’s unique learning needs. Flexibility, personal attention and a genuine commitment to excellence are what make us a great choice!

Test Preparation, the GED and beyond! Work with our experienced instructor to develop the knowledge, skills and strategies that are key to GED success. We also offer individualized Programs for learners with special needs. Our team has extensive experience and expertise in designing education programs for students with unique learning challenges including: Learning Disabilities, Acquired Brain Injury, ADHD, and other barriers to successful learning.

Contact us today for more information!

HOMEWORK HELP PROGRAMS

Homework can be very frustrating for students who struggle with learning. It can also be difficult for their parents who are trying to help and support them.
 
We are here to provide coaching and guidance for homework activities
Our programs are OPEN meaning you can join the program at any time….not necessarily just at the beginning of a session. 

ORTON-GILLINGHAM TUTORING

The Orton-Gillingham approach is an instructional philosophy that is primarily used with persons who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing of the sort associated with dyslexia. According to the International Dyslexia Association 15-20% of the population has a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties. (https://www.dyslexiacanada.org). The Orton-Gillingham approach is an explicit, personalized, structured, and multisensory practice that focuses on the individual needs of each student. It differentiates curricular content in the most understandable way for each individual. 

The Orton-Gillingham approach was designed as a remedial program to help struggling children and discouraged adults but it can also be used with any individual learning to read, student learning English or students needing to boost their phonological and phonemic awareness. 

Recommended a minimum of twice a week for best results.      

Individualized instruction cost: $50/hour

 Please contact Joshua Tree Learning Centre for more information. 306-546-5674