“There is no health without mental health”.
– World Health Organization
We, at Clinic Psychology Manitoba are a group of psychologists in Winnipeg, dedicated to work with clients in improving their mental health. We specialize in evidence-based treatment strategies that primarily include cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), and mindfulness based approaches.
Dr. R. Abdulrehman, C. Psych.
Clinical Director – Clinic Psychology Manitoba
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Some of our services are provided by Clinical Associates working in consultation with and under the supervision of a registered psychologist. Associates have training at the Master’s Degree level in psychology and have extensive experience in assessment and treatment of mental health related difficulties. All registered psychologists are members of PAM.
Clinic Psychology Manitoba provides both diagnostic, assessment, and treatment services to a broad range of people, ranging in age, gender, sexuality and culture. We also offer both individual and some specific group treatment as well, with examples of the areas we work with noted below:
- Generalized Anxiety
- Social Anxiety
- Perinatal and Post Partum Anxiety
- Health Anxiety
- Panic Disorder
- Agoraphobia & Claustrophobia
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Fear of Flying
- And other specific phobias
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Life stress & coping
- Grief counseling
- Depression and difficulties with mood.
- Shy Bladder (Paruresis)
- Sexuality & Sexual Identity
- Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse
- Abuse in Sport
- Body image and self-esteem
- Sexual Dysfunction such as Erectile Dysfunction, Premature Ejaculation, Vaginismus, etc.
- Couples work
- School avoidance
- Childhood behavioral difficulties
- Childhood Enuresis/Encopresis
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Coping with Learning Disabilities
- ADHD / Executive Functioning Difficulties
Services offered to
A registered clinical psychologist is a specialist in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of mental health difficulties. Generally, a registered clinical psychologist has a doctorate degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in psychology and the additional specialization in the clinical branch of psychology, such as cognitive behavior therapy, anxiety disorders, etc.. A clinical psychologist usually spends about 11 to 12 years in university study to obtain their final credentials. This requires: three or four years of university study in order to obtain a B.A. or B.A. Honours degree, three years of university study to obtain a Masters Degree in Psychology, four or more years of study and research to obtain the Ph.D. degree, and a one to two year internship in clinical psychology. In Manitoba, practicing registered psychologists must be registered with the Psychological Association of Manitoba.
Clinical associates with Clinic Psychology Manitoba have a Master’s degree in psychology or school psychology, and work with the consultation and supervision of registered psychologists with our practice. Associates with a background in school psychology are experts in working with children, families, the school system, and with developmental issues. They are specially trained and skilled at assessing and working through variety of learning difficulties, cognitive skills, and developmental delays.
The concept behind cognitive behavior therapy, or CBT for short, is that a person’s experience can be considered from three different perspectives; their feelings, their thoughts (cognitions), and their actions (behaviors). A psychologist who is well trained in sophisticated use of CBT will help you identify and understand how your feelings and experience can be tied to the way you think, and the way you act. By helping you challenge negative and dysfunctional thinking patterns, and even more importantly helping you change the consequential behaviors associated with those thinking patterns, a psychologist trained well with CBT can help you overcome and cope with a variety of health conditions, be it related to our emotional or physical health. This conceptualization takes into account a person’s experiences, in the past, or present, our understanding of our situation and our health, and the impact these experiences and understanding have on our overall wellbeing. The CBT perspective takes into account the things we can do in the here and now, the practical steps we can take to improve the quality of our experiences and our emotions. Even in the case where difficulties may be at times genetic, CBT helps us engage in a process to helps us overcome and moderate a broad range of difficulties.
Private psychological services are not covered by Manitoba Health, but fortunately services by a registered clinical psychologist are covered by many extended health benefit insurance plans (e.g., Blue Cross, Great West Life, etc.) by many employers. Each plan will vary depending on the employer and the insurance plan they have arranged for you. It is a good idea to check with your employer or the human resources department to clarify the extent of this coverage. In the same way that many people pay for dental services, once payment is made, our clinic will issue you a receipt which you can submit for reimbursement from your insurance.
Payment is due at the time of service, and receipts are issued after payment. Fees for psychological services are tax deductible. In the event that a third party has organized treatment for you (e.g., your employer or insurance company), Clinic Psychology Manitoba will communicate with that third party to organize payment on your behalf. Payment is typically based on a 50 minute therapy session. Payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard, cheque, or cash.
During the first session or two our clinicians will work with you to identify and in the appropriate situation diagnose the difficulty you are having. This is the assessment portion of treatment, and is important to ensure that the treatment plan that is developed is effective and addresses your concerns. Recommendations for treatment and ensuing therapy will follow in the sessions that continue. We also periodically will review how therapy is progressing to ensure we are meeting your needs. Typically, in the case of individual therapy, sessions are around 50 minutes.
We believe that people should have choice in treatment options. In some cases, people feel that medication is the best option. While in others, many people prefer to seek non-pharmacological treatment, such as psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. It is not uncommon for people to also seek a combined treatment. We encourage you to ask as many questions as you have about treatment, be it pharmacological or psychological.
Some of the benefits of psychological therapy is that there are no immediate physiological side effects that come with medication. The skills you learn from treatment such as CBT are also maintained over the long run, and even when you stop treatment, once you have improved, those gains will continue with time. Research shows that booster sessions on a periodic basis can also be helpful in maintaining the positive impacts of therapy.
Being patient with yourself, and being persistent in the practice of (even small) changes is often the key to growth and improvement.
If you are a health professional or insurance agency interested in making a referral, please include relevant contact information about the patient and their related difficulty in the referral email or fax.
If you are self-referring, you may call our office and speak with our Intake Coordinator, Brittney. Her office hours are:
In the event that she is unable to take your call or is away from the office, please leave a voicemail with your name and phone number and she will get back to you within two business days. Alternatively, you can fill out our intake form and e-mail it directly to her, at email@example.com.
1020 Lorimer Blvd, Unit 502
Winnipeg, MB R3P 1C7
(In the same building as the Western Surgical Centre, close to IKEA.)
Free parking is available for clients in the building lot on site.
There are a variety of self-help and peer support resources available online and in the community, which can be utilized in conjunction with individual treatment, or as a cost effective option to individual treatment.Click to view Resources