Specialized individual help is needed at times. If you feel like you are unable to function as well as you were used to or have difficulty performing activities of daily living as a result of stressful or traumatic life experience(s), professional help might be needed. As per College of Psychologists of Ontario, before commencing treatment we need to perform an assessment to review the presenting problem and history, as well as determine the diagnosis (if applicable) and an appropriate treatment plan. To get the most out of your therapeutic relationship, you should feel at ease with your mental health professional. The initial assessment will be collaborative and will help guide therapy and/or will provide the appropriate guidance and ressources for your needs. The therapy intervention will be evidence-based, mainly the cognitive behaviour therapy approach. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an empirically validated type of psychological treatment and numerous scientific studies have demonstrated its benefit. The main idea behind CBT is that our beliefs, emotions and behaviours interact, such that changing one would impact the others. As you are unique, other approved evidence-based psychological interventions might also be discussed and used, in a treatment closely tailored to your needs.
Psychological assessments are designed to assist in highlighting emotional strengths and weaknesses, diagnosing mental health problems, and providing recommendations. Their length varies depending on the presenting question(s). Dr. Cristina Busila utilizes current and well-validated psychological measures to assess issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, obsessive compulsive disorders, alcohol disorders, etc. Following psychological assessment, Dr. Cristina Busila will summarize results into a written report and will provide feedback session to the individual. Dr. Cristina Busila also provides evidence-based psychological assessment (and treatment) for injured Workers and First Responders (local and provincial Police officers, Firefighters, EMS professionals, 911 Dispatchers) experiencing Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Operational Stress Injuries (OSI) and Trauma and PTSD, grief reaction related to loss injury, sleep related conditions and other conditions that may interfere with optimal functioning.
Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity or significant stress (e.g, relationship/family problems, serious health problems, workplace and financial stressors). Resilience involves “bouncing back” from these difficult experiences and can also involve personal growth. For many, using their own resources and strategies may be enough for building their resilience. But at times, one can become stuck on the road to resilience. Dr. Cristina Busila can provide education/workshops to organizations/teams on Resiliency building, Workplace Wellness and Mental Health and/or “Wellness checks”.