Conditions

Personalized Treatment for a Wide Range of Conditions


Homewood Counselling Centre treats more than two dozen conditions that may be impacting your mental, physical and social well-being. More importantly, we treat you as a person. We develop your individualized plan based on an assessment that takes place during your initial appointment. From there, we hand pick the right professionals to guide you through your treatment and help you achieve and sustain meaningful progress.

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Addiction / Substance Use Conditions

Anger Management

Anxiety

Alcohol, Cannabis, Prescription or Illicit Drugs, Nicotine, Narcotics

Addiction/substance use conditions and addictions can cause an array of physical, mental, social, professional, familial and behavioural consequences, each initiated or exacerbated by psychological and physical dependency on drugs or alcohol.  These addictions drive an increasing need for the substance and also impose withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit.

While everyone gets angry, some people have difficulty controlling their anger and may find their anger responses can be disproportionate to the severity of the event, situation or feeling that triggered the anger.  Dealing with anger management challenges likely means that your anger is interfering with your personal and/or professional life, and possibly having an impact on your physical health as well.

Including Health Anxiety and Performance Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal part of life, but as a condition, anxiety imposes a sense of threat or risk related to almost any aspect of your life including your physical safety, relationships and future plans.  Anxiety can present as constant worry or distress and reveal itself in physical responses including accelerated heart rate, rapid breathing, chest tension or sweating.  Some people experience anxiety specifically related to their health – believing that their health is in serious jeopardy when symptoms are minor or even absent.  Other people experience performance anxiety as they anticipate speaking, presenting, working or doing other tasks with an audience or with people observing.

Behavioural Addictions

Bipolar Disorder

Chronic Pain

Gambling, Video Game/Technology, Sex/Pornography, Food, Shopping, Exercise

When these activities are no longer recreational and low-risk and instead start to harm your physical, financial, social, occupational/educational, familial and mental well-being, the activity has become an addiction.  These addictions are often characterized by a lack of ability to control or resist the behaviour, even when it imposes negative consequences on your health and life.

Living with bipolar disorder can be extremely disruptive to your personal relationships, professional or educational commitments and to your mental and physical health.  Bipolar disorder causes periods of extreme mania (activity and energy) and also periods of strong depression.  Cyclothymic disorder is similar in structure to bipolar disorder, but presents with lesser mania called hypomania and shorter depressive episodes.

Chronic pain is the experience of severe pain that lasts longer than six months while causing physical, emotional and/or social impairment. It often begins with a significant injury or illness and with some people, the longevity and severity of the pain can lead to additional physical and psychological complications.

Depression

Grief and Loss

Insomnia

Everyone gets sad, but depression is different.  It imposes hopelessness, saps pleasure from enjoyable activities and leads to feelings of personal worthlessness.  A depressive episode may last a week or two, but ongoing mental and physical symptoms such as sadness, loss of energy or interest, or difficulty concentrating can be signs of a depressive disorder.

When we lose something or someone important to us, grief is a normal reaction.  Coping with that grief and loss is a natural and often difficult part of life.  Some of us can experience strong or unexpected emotions related to that loss including anger, shock, guilt, disbelief or sadness.  When these reactions are particularly strong and persistent, it can be difficult to function normally and feel healthy.

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it difficult to go to sleep or stay asleep.  The fatigue, lack of energy and mood impairment that result from fitful or inadequate sleep can have significant impacts on your work performance, personal relationships, overall health and quality of life.

Low Self-Esteem

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Panic Disorder

A healthy amount of self-esteem – valuing yourself – is a personal asset that allows you to do everything from overcoming adversity to making and pursuing plans.  Low self-esteem – characterized by a lack of confidence and feelings of inadequacy – can undermine your ability to build and maintain strong relationships, pursue a rewarding career and find personal satisfaction.

There are two distinct elements to OCD.  Obsessions are repeated thoughts or urges that cause anxiety while compulsions are behaviours that you pursue because of an obsessive thought.  When you have difficulty controlling your obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours, those excesses often create significant challenges to leading a healthy and fulfilling life.

People with panic disorder experience repeated and unexpected panic attacks – sudden and intense periods of fear that something terrible is going to occur.  These attacks can involve physical symptoms including heart palpitations, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath and numbness.  If you experience panic attacks but they are infrequent and fairly predictable, that is likely a symptom of an anxiety disorder.

Personality Disorders

Phobias including Agoraphobia

Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Personality disorders reveal themselves in long-standing patterns of acting, feeling, thinking and relating to the world in ways that cause distress and difficulty in your professional and/or personal life. Living with a personality disorder likely means that you are living with significant instability in your emotions, relationships, behaviour and even identity.

In some situations, fear has a valuable purpose, but fear of things and situations that pose no tangible danger can be debilitating.  Even if you know your fear is illogical, it can be difficult to manage the psychological, physiological and social reactions you experience.  People can experience phobias of everything from spiders to elevators to heights.  Agoraphobia, for example, is a response to situations when you feel that you may be helpless, embarrassed or prone to panic.  Some of the most common of these situations include open spaces, crowds and public transportation.

Many people who experience trauma never develop PTSD, but many do.  The symptoms of PTSD – which can present in any combination – can be significant and can include flashbacks, avoiding reminders of the trauma, negative beliefs about yourself and others, feelings of detachment, angry outbursts, strong negative emotions, difficulty sleeping or concentrating and difficulty feeling positive emotions.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Stress Management

Trauma

Often referred to as “winter blues” or seasonal depression, SAD is a type of depression that is most common in the fall or spring.  It can have a variety of triggers related to environmental, social and behavioural factors, and it can have a profound negative influence of your mood and energy.

Stress is part of life.  It can even be beneficial in sustaining concentration and motivating performance.  Chronic and severe stress, however, can have negative effects on your health and well-being.  Unmanaged stress can cause physical, behavioural and psychological challenges that can become worse over time and make you more susceptible to other mental health and physical health issues.

Trauma can take many forms including physical injury, emotional trauma or even related trauma such as learning that something terrible has happened to a loved one.  It can be the experience of a life-threatening situation, violence, sexual violence or the threat of those outcomes.  Because of the nature of their work, some professionals including first responders, police, military and first receivers can experience high levels of job-related trauma.