Counselling Services in Calgary

Sometimes, on the pathway of life, you may encounter challenges or obstacles that interfere with your enjoyment of the journey. At times like this, it can be very helpful to work with a psychologist – a travel companion – who can help you discover new ways of looking at things, new skills to manage situations and new resources that can add to the richness of your experience.

Individual or couple therapy can be a gift you give yourself. I would welcome your call if you would like to speak with me about how I might be able to help.

Counselling and Therapy in Calgary

Offering counselling services in Calgary since 1988, I have experience helping men and women, individuals and couples, to deal with a broad range of issues. Practicing as a registered psychologist in Calgary has given me the opportunity and privilege of working with clients with diverse personal, work and family backgrounds. This has allowed me to develop both comfort and skill in being able to address a variety of client concerns. It is impossible for one person to be able to have expertise in all areas, however. Over the years, I have built a strong professional network of talented psychologists in Calgary who have different areas of specialization. If I am unable to schedule a first appointment in a timely manner or if I do not have expertise in the client's issue, I refer potential clients to other therapists in Calgary if that is in their best interest. Ensuring that clients are matched with the therapist who can best meet their needs is a priority. When I speak with new clients in an initial phone consultation, we discuss their situation and then decide together if I or one of my colleagues would be the best fit. If I can't help them, the chances are good that I will know another therapist who can.

Reasons People Seek Therapy

There are a variety of situations which lead individuals and couples into counselling or therapy. People typically consult a psychologist because they are unhappy in some way and they hope that something in their lives can change for the better. Sometimes, it is a recent event that prompts the decision to seek therapy. In other cases, the choice to receive counselling may be motivated by a desire to resolve longstanding childhood issues or other experiences from the past. Regardless of the reasons for considering therapy, working with a psychologist has the potential to create opportunities for healing and change.

Sometimes individuals decide for themselves that it would be helpful to consult a psychologist and sometimes a friend, family member, work colleague or physician suggests that it might be helpful. Individuals may telephone directly to arrange an appointment or to get additional information. They may also get a referral from a physician, lawyer, employee assistance program or other professional.

Here is a sampling of some of the reasons individuals choose to consult with a psychologist:

  • they are going through a normal life transition or crisis (e.g., some kind of loss) and they want to normalize their experience and get support as they navigate that transition;
  • they are experiencing depression, anxiety or stress and they want to learn what they can do to help themselves feel better;
  • they are having difficulty expressing themselves and want to learn skills in effective communication;
  • they have noticed unhelpful patterns of behavior that seem to repeat over time, and they want to gain insight and clarity about the choices they make;
  • they have recognized that early life experiences may have impacted them in unhelpful ways and they wish to resolve some of those issues;
  • they are having difficulties in interpersonal relationships, either at home or at work, and they want to gain insight into these difficulties and make appropriate changes;
  • they have come to believe that they are in situations that limit their well-being and they want some help in determining what things they could change;
  • they are committed to maximizing their potential through self-examination and they want to engage in a therapy relationship to enhance their journey of personal growth.

If you would like to speak with me to discuss whether or not individual or couple therapy might be helpful to you, please contact Calgary Psychologist Dr. Beth Balshaw.

Individual Therapy or Counselling

It is normal to feel stressed from time to time. Stress and anxiety can become a problem if the feelings become too intense, occur too frequently or last too long. For some people, stress and anxiety can build up to unhealthy levels, causing significant discomfort and sometimes negative physical effects. If you are feeling overwhelmed by stress in your life, you might benefit from individual counselling sessions with a registered psychologist. I have been providing individual counselling in Calgary for over twenty-two years. I would be happy to work together with you to help you discover insights into your situation and learn the necessary skills for managing stress more effectively.

In addition to helping with stress management counselling, I provide a safe place for exploring other issues that may be holding you back (e.g., managing emotions, self-esteem concerns, questions about sexuality, relationship issues, childhood issues, early trauma). Individual therapy can be a gift you give yourself to help you move forward with confidence and optimism.

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Couples Therapy or Marriage Counselling

I devote about a third of my practice to couples therapy or marriage counselling. Even when clients come to therapy on their own, they often bring a relationship concern. Intimate relationships tend to evolve over time, following fairly predictable patterns of development. Each stage brings its own challenges and rewards and sometimes, couples can get into power struggles as they try to find common ground. Same-sex, inter-faith and cross-cultural couples can face additional challenges that can add extra stress to their relationship. Working through difficulties can be rewarding, especially if it results in an improved relationship. Effective couples therapy or relationship counselling takes into account the uniqueness of each couple's strengths and challenges. It can offer an opportunity to remove the blocks that interfere with a harmonious relationship. Marriage counselling or couples therapy can be a step in creating and maintaining a loving, fulfilling relationship.

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Depression Treatment and Counselling

Depression is one of the most frequently occurring issues that clients bring to therapy. Depression is multi-faceted — there are many factors that can contribute to a person becoming depressed. People who are depressed often find that others don't understand and think they should just "snap out of it". Sometimes people feel so down that they consider suicide as a way of ending their feelings of despair. I have offered counselling services for depression in Calgary for many years, and have worked in the area of suicide prevention in Calgary since 1982. Depression can have a big impact on individuals, couples, families and work environments. The good news is that there are very effective methods available for treating depression.

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Anxiety Treatment and Counselling

Anxiety is another very common concern that people bring to therapy. Individuals become anxious when they get stuck in "what if" thinking. There are many very effective ways of treating anxiety so that people can feel more joyful and optimistic about the future, rather than feeling frightened about what might happen.

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Anger Management Counselling

I have worked in the area of anger management counselling since 1988, having provided group therapy, educational workshops, individual therapy and couples therapy dealing with this significant and often troublesome issue. People experience anger that can range from mild annoyance to intense rage. Anger can be a useful emotion if it is a sign that something needs to change. If anger becomes too frequent, too intense or lasts too long, it can have a negative effect on personal health, relationships and work performance. Anger management is one of the areas of specialization in my practice. I am very familiar with effective interventions that can help people express anger effectively and prevent it from escalating to unhealthy levels. Effective anger management can be an important step in the prevention of family violence or other forms of aggression.

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