Mental Health

Other Mental Health Issues

Other Mental Health Issues

Sometimes mental health issues do not seem to fit within a category and/or pull from multiple categories. Both of which can feel overwhelming, but there is hope. With proper assessment and treatment that can be provided at HUM, you have the opportunity to get some clarity and begin to make sense of what is going on within your experience. If you feel like you have been struggling for some time or have recently started to feel strange, though maybe not that bad, but would like some change in your life, now might be the time to consider some exploratory counselling to gain clarity and support. Addiction involving drugs is a chronic medical condition that requires assessment and treatment. With Addiction involving drugs, the ability to make healthy choices becomes no longer possible. The drug(s) begin to start controlling your life, making life more unmanageable. With Addiction, drug use is a symptom of what is happening in the brain and the person is seeking escape, relief and/or reward. Unfortunately there is no off switch and there is an ever increasing desire for more.

If you are struggling with:

  • Emotional ups and downs
  • Feeling flat, numb, and/or disconnected
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Changes in behaviours
  • Changes in routines, like eating, sleeping, or sex
  • Confusion about life and where you are at
  • Problematic substance use and/or behaviours that are impacting your life
Any or all of these symptoms can benefit from counselling to gain awareness and strategies to make change.
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How we treat this issue:

At HUM, counselling is done from a variety of therapeutic approaches and incorporates aspects of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and/or Family Systems Therapy. We initially gather information about who you are and where you are at to be able to provide targeted recommendations to support you in your journey of growth.

The Available Services For This Issue:

The assessment includes 3 appointments and is designed to get to know you, the acuity of your issues and appropriate treatment recommendations. The 3 appointments include a nursing assessment, an assessment with a registered psychologist or social worker and a session with a medical doctor. Following this, treatment options will be provided that are based on your needs and current situation. Social and peer support in the community may be recommended as well as other aspects of a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework of recovery.

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At HUM, we use a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve the mental health of an individual,and improve relationships. These principles can also be provided through couples/family sessions.

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This provides the opportunity to clarify boundaries, identify what may be individual issues for people to work on, while addressing issues jointly without telling each other what to do.

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