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Taiga Counselling and Psychological Services

Phone 780-517-4166 or e-mail jpink@taigaclinic.com for information

Taiga Counselling and Psychological Services is a private clinic offering services in Edson and Edmonton, Alberta. We are a professional psychological practice offering:

  • Counselling for adults, children, and teens
  • Couples counselling
  • Parent skills coaching
  • Psychological assessment and testing
  • Workshops, public talks and consultation

Please note that at this time, Taiga is not accepting new clients for therapy.

About

Taiga is owned by psychologist Jessica Pink. She provides counselling of all types, psychological testing and assessment, and is available for talks, courses and consultation.

Jessica Pink, M.A., R. Psych

Jessica
Jessica Pink is a Registered Psychologist in the province of Alberta.  She has worked in public and private mental health, and brings a wealth of experience to the Taiga practice. Jessica believes in providing professional, research based services to her clients, and will customize treatment to meet your needs.

Therapy

Therapy for adults

Adult individual therapy can help you with issues like depression, anxiety, grief and loss, painful patterns in relationships, workplace problems, the effects of trauma or abuse, and difficulties with sexuality and sexual intimacy –to name a few of the concerns that bring people to therapy.

In individual therapy, we work together to first understand the problem you are having, and then develop a plan to help you make any desired changes. We do this by meeting and talking about what’s going on for you – exploring your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, including things about you that you may not realize are happening or may need help sorting out and understanding. Our goal is to help you overcome barriers to happy, healthy functioning so that you can feel good within yourself and function better with other people.

Therapy for teens

Adolescent therapy often targets difficulties like depression, anxiety, dealing with parents’ divorce or death, and cutting or other self-harming behaviours, as a few examples. Work with teens begins by meeting with the parents to take a comprehensive history of the youth’s background and details about what is happening now. Next we meet with the teen him or herself, and from there we make a plan for working towards change and growth. Often it is helpful for parents to be involved in the therapy process, so sometimes we will ask to meet not only with the teen but also with the parents (on their own or with the teen) so the important adults in a teen’s life can help support the youth in their treatment process.

Therapy for teens involves talking through the youth’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours, including aspects of their experience they may not be aware of or fully understand. Every teen is unique and therapy goals will depend on the particular situation, but developing insight, healthy responsibility for self, healthy expression of emotion, and well-functioning relationships are some common goals of treatment with teens.

Play therapy for children

Children come to therapy for many reasons, such as depression, anxiety, dealing with parents’ divorce or death, behavioural acting out, school refusal, abuse of any kind (including sexual abuse), or separation anxiety. Work with children begins by meeting with the parents to take a comprehensive history of the child’s life to date and to gather details about the difficulty that is happening now. From there, we work with parents to develop a plan for helping the child make changes and grow. Usually it is helpful to have the parents involved in the therapy process, so sometimes we will ask to meet with them either on your own or at the same time as the child.

Children don’t always participate in talk therapy the same way adults and teens can. They may express themselves through therapeutic play, and work through painful issues in that way. Through play, we help children express their inner thoughts and feelings, so they can make sense of them, and learn to cope in a healthy way.

Couples counselling

Couples therapy can help with many different problems that couples have, such as conflict and fighting, loneliness and isolation, recovering from an affair, pre-marital counselling, problems with physical intimacy, deciding whether to divorce, or the transition to parenthood. We welcome all couples, including members of the LGBTQ community.

Couples work involves meeting with both partners to get an accurate understanding of where the difficulties are, agreeing on a plan to address them, and then putting into practice new strategies. Common goals in couples work include increasing warmth and closeness, building the marital friendship, rediscovering passion, learning to fight fair, learning to trust again, and rediscovering hope for the relationship.

The initial intake and assessment session with a new couple is an hour and a half long.

Parent coaching

Parent coaching can help when there are difficulties between parents and kids. This can show up as children and teens who are defiant, oppositional, anxious or depressed – and often parents come to us saying they are tired of fighting with their kids and each other all the time. There must be a better way, but what?

Parent coaching focuses on issues like establishing and maintaining healthy relationships with effective discipline, boundaries and limit setting, reduction of fighting and yelling, and techniques for building closeness.  Straightforward advice about effective methods that help the family function better and feel closer is what you can expect – often with useful handouts to help guide you at home.  There may also be a therapeutic aspect to this work, as sometimes we need to look beyond parenting strategies to related emotional and interactional issues that may be contributing to the problems.

Testing & Assessment

Psychological testing, assessment and report preparation is available from Taiga’s Registered Psychologist, Jessica Pink. Testing services include:

  • Intelligence and academic achievement assessment
  • Personality and mental health diagnostic assessment
  • Parenting capacity assessment
  • Assessment for custody recommendations in the best interest of children during divorce
  • Capacity assessment for guardianship/trusteeship, or activation of Personal Directive

Typically, the process for testing and assessment includes formal psychological tests (written or given verbally), interview by the psychologist, gathering of background information, and interviews with others who can provide relevant information. The specifics of the process will vary depending on your needs.

All testing and assessment will be presented to you in the form of a final professional report, and part of the assessment process is time set aside to review the findings with you.

Please contact Jessica to make specific inquiries about types of testing available.

Workshops

We are available to speak to your group, class, or employees on a variety of topics. Talks and workshops can be customized to suit your needs. Below are some examples of presentations we can give:

Talks for the public and in schools

  • Depression, Anxiety and PTSD: What are they, what causes them, how can you cope, and how can you help your loved one struggling with these?
  • Understanding Therapy and How it Works
  • Bullying
  • Self Esteem for Girls/Boys
  • Relationship Skills for Youth
  • Study Skills and Exam Prep Techniques
  • Stress Management
  • Healthy Parenting, Effective Discipline, and Boundary Setting

Workshops/Courses

  • The Seven Steps for Making Marriage Work: A course for committed couples. This is a research based program that teaches skills to promote closeness, healthy conflict resolution, and enhanced intimacy in relationships (just to name a few aspects of this course!).  It can be offered in a variety of formats, including:
    • as a ten week course for groups of couples (such as members of a club, workplace or church)
    • as a weekend intensive for groups of couples
    • as a series of private sessions, either before marriage as premarital counselling or after, as a way to strengthen and improve a marriage.
  • Bringing Home Baby: Making the successful transition to parenthood. Like the Seven Steps program, this is a research based course that helps couples who are about to become parents or who have recently become parents not just survive, but thrive!  Like the Seven Steps program, it can be offered in a variety of formats (a ten week course, a weekend intensive, or a series of private sessions).

We can also consult for a variety of needs, such as responding to tragedy, workplace issues, staff coaching and education, and working with challenging children in school.  Please contact Jessica Pink for more information.

Contact

Fees

Taiga follows the recommendations of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta in setting fees. Please note that if you have an employee assistance plan or other work coverage, psychologists’ fees are often covered. Call your plan administrator for information.

We accept cash, local cheques, debit and credit cards. Services are billed at the start of your session. For larger projects (such as most assessments), a trust retainer can be put in place to begin our work.

Taiga does maintain a pro bono caseload, which is currently full.  If you are unable to afford therapy and would like to be placed on a wait list for free services, please contact Jessica for more information.