Services

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SENTA COUNSELLING SERVICES OFFERS A WIDE-RANGE OF COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES TO BOTH INDIVIDUALS AND COUPLES LIVING IN THE OTTAWA AREA. FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SERVICES, SELECT A TYPE OF COUNSELLING BELOW AND CLICK TO REVEAL A DESCRIPTION.

LUNCHTIME, DAYTIME, EVENING AND WEEKEND COUNSELLING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE. COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY PROVIDED IN ENGLISH AND FRENCH, TO TEENS, ADULTS, COUPLES AND FAMILIES.

Anxiety

Anxiety is a common experience. However, when it gets to be too overwhelming it can interfere with your daily functioning. At Senta, treatment is available for a wide range of anxiety from nervousness, shyness, stress, social anxiety, panic attacks, specific phobias and fears. At Senta Counselling Services we use effective Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as a key part of the treatment of your anxiety.

Depression
If you are feeling frequently hopeless, unmotivated, down, sad, or if the future is looking bleak, you may benefit from counselling to help you feel like yourself again. Life can be hard to cope with on your own, and seeking counselling at this time is a step in the right direction towards lifting your depression. In therapy, we will also work towards understanding the kind of life that you want for yourself once the depressive symptoms starts to lessen.
Trauma, Sexual Abuses & PTSD

If you’ve experienced a past traumatic experience that is affecting your life today, you may be suffering with the painful symptoms of unresolved trauma. Counselling can help you cope with the experience, make sense of what happened to you and live your life without the trauma’s constant interference.

Grief & Loss

Grief can involved the death of a loved one, the loss of an important job, the ending of a long-term relationship or the loss of a pet. Unresolved grief can make it hard to get on with your day to day life, through counselling you can get the support you need to make it through this difficult time and discover a way to live again.

Chronic Pain, Injury or Illness

One the special focus at Senta involves the cognitive treatment of chronic pain and injury. Cognitive therapy can help reduce your experience of pain when you aren’t getting the results you hoped for from medication and medical treatment. In therapy, you will learn to understand the functions of  pain and will grasp new techniques to help better manage your experience of your injury or illness. Counselling will also provide support for the symptoms of depression and anxiety common to long-term injury and illness. Motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims and car insurance medical benefits are accepted.

Family Relations

Family of Origin

We usually don’t get to choose the family that we are raised in. We know that our family did the best that they could but some of us were raised with parents or siblings who because of their own struggles couldn’t provide the love and support we always needed. Counselling can help you better manage your family relationships and overcome the difficulties you have experience with parents or siblings now or in the past.

 Current Family

Counselling can help with communication difficulties, parenting concerns and living challenges within your immediate family. Learning to live in harmony is possible with the help of a safe place to voice your concerns and understand each others personal experience.

Women’s Mental Health

There are many mental health challenges that are common among women today. Counselling can help with eating habits, assertiveness, confidence, self-esteem, body image, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, postpartum depression and adjustment, mothering and parenting concerns.

Cultural Issues

Transitioning into a new culture or adjusting to the modernization of the times in Canada can be challenging. Counselling can help you understand the challenges you are facing within your family or better manage the pressures related to social expectations.

Teens

Providing support for issues facing today’s teenagers: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, self-esteem, body image, disordered eating, bullying, performance stress or difficulties at school, gender and sexuality, and family dynamics.

Workplace Stress, Change & Career Counselling

We offer career counselling and workplace stress reduction with knowledge of both government and private organization structures. If you are struggling with adjusting to new changes at work, asserting your ideas or needs, unsure if you are in the right profession, or have undergone a workplace adjustment, counselling can help you understand your struggles better and create the kind of workplace experience you want for yourself. Lunchtime, evening and weekend appointments are available.

Communication Difficulties

When couples are no longer able to freely talk to each other about what they need in their relationship, they are left feeling dissatisfied and powerless in a partnership that once brought them joy. In counselling, you will develop the ability to communicate with your partner better, and to also understand better what is leading to the communication difficulties for each partner.

Conflict Resolution

If you and your partner are trying to resolve a major disagreement or are struggling with day to day fighting, then counselling can help you understand the reasons behind your anger and frustration and allow you to better understand and listen to each other. Counselling will help you learn how to make joint decisions that you are both satisfied with.

Separation & Mediation

You and your partner have either come to the decision that the best thing for you both is to move forward in life separately or are thinking a lot about this possibly being the best decision. Counselling can help you with the practical process of separation, allow you to come to agreements on terms of the separation and also assist with this emotionally difficult time of change. Counselling will also help with your decision process if you are still unsure about moving forward as partners.

Post-Affair Therapy

When one partner has an affair, the trust and safety in a relationship can break down. Counselling will be an opportunity to hear your partner out in a safe setting and help you make decisions about your future. You will develop a clearer understanding of each of your experiences post-affair. Should you decide to stay together, you will learn to rebuild your feelings of safety and trust in the relationship.

Sex Therapy

Specialized couple counselling for sexual difficulties, including, low sexual desire, sexual dysfunction, pain, trauma, and sexual addictions. Couples will have a safe and non-judgmental space to discuss their challenges while working towards improving intimacy.

Pre-Marital & Pre-Commitment Therapy

Before making a lifelong commitment to each other,  it is important to have the opportunity to know each other’s needs and expectations for the relationship. In counselling you will learn about each others strengths, vulnerabilities, views of marriage and ideas about your future. Learning about each other in a deeper way will provide you both with a stronger connection that will serve you well in your lifelong journey together.   

Couple “Tune ups”

If there is one particular area that you are looking for some insight and improvement on or if you are curious about what growth you can achieve through couple counselling, Senta offers couple tune-up sessions at any point in your relationship.

Same Sex Couples

Lesbian and gay couples will have a safe space to explore their relationship difficulties. There are also unique issues that LGBTQ couples experience and counselling will provide the opportunity to explore and better understand your relationship from the perspective of both partners.

Re-Learning Inter-Partner Touch
Touch is one of the most fundamental ways to show love and affection to your partner. When couples are having difficulties touching, they feel less connected to their partner and less satisfied with their relationship. In counselling together you and your partner will understand what  is currently blocking the two of you from connecting through touch. You will be able to rekindle intimacy through relearning safe touch.