What is psychology?
Psychology is the science of human behaviour and is applied as a mental health profession that takes a holistic approach to care, incorporating thoughts, feelings and behaviours that affect physical, mental and social factors to help enhance wellbeing.
Lifemark psychologists are qualified to assess adult behaviour, diagnose psychological and emotional disorders, and provide scientifically proven therapies to individuals and groups to help you reduce symptoms, improve coping and abilities, and enhance overall wellbeing.
How can psychology help me?
Psychologists will perform an assessment to determine the root cause of the issue and develop an individualized treatment plan that will determine a therapeutic approach to support personal, social, and vocational development.
A variety of assessments may be conducted to address different issues related to mental health, personality, and cognitive functioning, such as memory and attention. The results of the assessment help to understand the presenting problem, its causes, its impact and its treatment options. Feedback is provided to help increase self-awareness and to establish a collaborative way forward.
Psychological services can include psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, grief, burnout, trauma/PTSD, substance abuse and other addictions, interpersonal relationship issues, and adjustment to medical conditions, including chronic pain and post-concussion.
Lifemark psychologists have experience with diverse populations, including first responders, police, military and veterans. They also are qualified to support health care workers who are dealing with burnout and other types of workers in high-risk occupations.
How does it work?
Assessments include an interview to understand the nature, severity, and causal factors for the issues being assessed. Standardized tests may also be given to gather additional details and identify individual strengths. Tests may involve answering true/false questions, rating or comparing lists, or conducting specific tasks with your hands.
Psychologists adopt a nonjudgmental approach, adjusting their style to meet client needs.
Psychologists may collaborate with a primary care provider as well as other mental health professionals such as occupational therapists and social workers, when relevant, in order to provide you with comprehensive care.
When can I expect to see results?
Results vary depending on the type and degree of the condition or disorder being treated. Some conditions may show improvement in as early as 2-3 sessions, while others may require 8-12 sessions.
Progress is closely tracked as psychologists use objective measures to monitor change.
What do I need to bring to my initial appointment?
The first appointment will focus on building rapport, getting to know you and working together to better understand the presenting problem and develop a way forward. Bringing information on current medical issues and medications can be helpful.
Cost and coverage
Whether you are receiving physiotherapy, chiropractic service, massage therapy, occupational therapy or other types of rehabilitation services, most health insurance providers reimburse all or a portion of the fees.
Our clinic staff can help confirm your health insurance coverage. Your treatment may be partially or fully covered if you have extended health benefits, a worker’s compensation claim, or were injured in a motor vehicle accident.
Find a Lifemark clinic to determine the coverage options available to you which may include:
- All third-party insurance
- Extended health benefits
- Worker’s compensation
- Motor vehicle accident insurance
Please note that for payment, all major credit cards, debit, cash and personal cheques are accepted.