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Psychology Support at The Credit Valley Hospital provides a variety of limited specialized psychological services to meet the needs of its community. Issues addressed include:

  • Mental disorders
  • Neuropsychological conditions,
  • Developmental disorders, as well as
  • Psychological factors associated with illness and disability

Individuals and their families, ranging from infants to the elderly are served within programs which meet their needs. Psychology support provides assessment and treatment as well as consultation to other hospital staff, physicians and community agencies.
All psychologists and psychological associates in Psychology Support are regulated health professionals. They are registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and are licensed to diagnose and treat a wide range of problems.

Services Provided:

  • Adult Mental Health Services
  • Health Psychology Services
  • Child and Family Services

Adult Mental Health

In-patient Services:
Psychological evaluation and diagnostic services are provided to psychiatric in-patients in order to assess their emotional state, personality style, and at times, their ability to remember, concentrate and solve problems.

Out-patient Psychological Services:

Anxiety Disorders Programme:
Diagnostic evaluations as well as individual and group therapy sessions are provided to individuals with a wide range of anxiety problems (eg. panic attacks and social anxiety), in order that they may understand and manage their anxiety symptoms more effectively. The treatment provides an alternative, or adjunct to medications.

Depression Group Programme:
Psychoeducational groups are provided for depressed patients using the cognitive behavioural therapy model.

S.T.A.R.T. (Short Term Active Reintegration Therapy) Program:
The program provides individual and group therapy sessions to individuals with psychiatric conditions. Treatment is designed to enhance social, emotional and occupational functioning through psychological interventions.

Eating Disorders Program:
This program provides assessment and treatment for adults with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and eating disorders not otherwise specified. Services include consultation, patient and family education groups, patient therapy groups, nutritional assessment and rehabilitation, and medication and symptom review clinic.
Contact: 905-813-4505

Health Psychology

Psychology staff work to help people with health problems adjusting to living with illness, coping with significant lifestyle changes and promoting healthy lifestyles. Service is provided to the following in-patient areas: cardiology, oncology, palliative care, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, rehabilitation, complex continuing care and renal services.
Treatment interventions may involve:

  • Helping cardiac patients to stop smoking and to alter lifestyles that contribute to risk of heart disease
  • Learning to reduce stress and relaxation skills to improve health.
  • Helping individuals cope with complications arising from life events such as pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Helping patients and families cope with anxiety, depression and losses that can occur as a result of chronic or terminal illness.
  • Assisting children and their families adjust to coping with medical diagnosis such as cancer.
  • Objectively identify cognitive or memory changes, as well as emotional changes that may result from neurologic events such as stroke and traumatic brain injury, and from neurologic diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease.
  • Help patients and families to understand changes to an individual's functioning resulting from brain injury and to make appropriate adjustments to home, occupational or family life.

Child and Family Services

Psychology staff provide assessment, treatment and consultation services within both the children's and adolescent teams of child and family services program.
Children's Team serves infants, pre-schoolers and school aged children (ages 11 and under) and their families.
Adolescent Team serves adolescents (ages 12 to 18) and their families.
Psychology staff assess and treat children and adolescents presenting with a wide range of issues and problems including:

  • Developmental disorders and issues
  • Adjustment issues of childhood and adolescence
  • Behaviour problems and parenting issues
  • A wide range of mental health problems including anxiety disorders and phobias, depression and suicide, dissociative disorders, etc.
  • Emotional, behavioural and other factors which may contribute to learning and school difficulties.

Services provided:

  • Diagnostic evaluations of children and adolescents and their families
  • Limited Neuropsychological assessments
  • Individual, family, group and parent/child therapy
  • Consultation to other professionals and agencies

Referral Process

Adult Mental Health Services and Health Psychology Services:
Out-patient psychology assessment, treatment or consultation are initiated
upon receipt of a formal written referral from a physician.
In-patient services are initiated upon receiving physician's request on an in-patient chart. These requests should be sent to secretary in writing.

Child And Family Services:
For referrals to the child and family services psychology staff, please contact the children's team secretary at 905 813-4426 or the adolescent team secretary at 905-813-2396. Fax: 905-813-1594