North Central Behavioral Health Systems has recently launched our Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) program in Ottawa, aiming to provide comprehensive care for individuals coping with substance use disorders. This evidence-based treatment method integrates FDA-approved medications with behavioral therapies.
From a Therapist / The Art of a Relationship
It has been my experience in counseling couples that the problems they incur are less about in-laws, money, or sex and more about poor communication and the expectations they expect of the other person. When couples come in for therapy I hear a lot of “I do not understand why she does not do things like I do, my way is the right way”. “ Why can’t he know what my needs are without me having to tell him all the time?” Oh, if people would only do what we want them too then everyone would be happy, right?
From a Therapist / Assertiveness & Effective Communication
Assertive communication is the ability to express positive and negative ideas and feelings in an open, honest and direct way. It recognizes our rights while still respecting the rights of others. It allows us to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions without judging or blaming other people and it allows us to constructively confront and find a mutually satisfying solution where conflict may exist.
Assertive communication enables us to swap old behavior patterns for amore positive approach to life. There are many advantages of assertive communication which include:
From a Therapist / Back to School Tips for Parents: How to Deal with Bullying
The school year is starting and parents hope for a successful year for their child, both academically and socially. But what do you do if your Child is the target of a Bully? There are several things you can do to both support and guide your child. First let’s take a look at what bullying is. Bullying is:
From a Therapist / Dealing with Situational StressThere are certain strategies that an individual can use when faced with everyday stressful situations. One thing to keep in mind is that these situations are unavoidable and will appear often throughout one's day.
From a Therapist / Working on Interpersonal Communication Skills
Interpersonal communication skills consist of the verbal and non-verbal cues that a person uses to communicate their thoughts, feelings and ideas with another person. These behaviors have been learned and with reflection, practice, and guidance, one can identify possible problems and make changes to improve their ability to communicate.
How to identify problems: