WELCOME TO SYPS
We are a group of psychologists and mental health practitioners who have professional training and clinical skills to help people learn to cope more effectively with life issues and mental health problems. Our clinicians work with a range of populations, including children, adolescents, adults and couples. We also provide a range of services, including consultation, psychological and psychoeducational assessments, and psychotherapy. Psychologists and mental health professionals use a variety of techniques and treatments based on the best available evidence combined with their understanding of a client’s unique values, needs, goals and circumstances.

WHAT IS A PSYCHOLOGIST? 

Psychologists with doctoral degrees (either a PhD, PsyD or EdD) are highly trained to provide psychological services, spending an average of seven years in education and training after they receive their undergraduate degrees. Psychologists specialize in assessment and treatment of psychological disorders and other mental health concern and are trained to provide both assessment and psychotherapy.

WHAT WE DO
People see a psychologist for a wide variety of problems and concerns. SYPS psychologists help people who are feeling depressed or anxious or are struggling to manage challenging or intense emotions. Some may have a chronic condition that is interfering with their physical and emotional health. Others may have short-term problems they want help navigating, such as feeling overwhelmed by a new job, the dissolution of a long-term relationship, or grieving the death of a family member. Psychologists can help people learn new ways to cope with stressful situations or life transition, work through a traumatic event or history or trauma, manage addictive behaviours, chronic illnesses and move through barriers that keep them from reaching their goals.

At SYPS, members of our team are trained to conduct comprehensive psychological and psychoeducational assessments, which involve administering and interpreting psychological tests for diagnosing learning and social-emotional issues or helping to better understand the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves. These tests may evaluate intellectual skills, cognitive and academic strengths and weaknesses, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics and social-emotional functioning.

HOW WE CAN HELP
Clinicians at SYPS use an assortment of evidence-based treatments to help people improve their lives. Most commonly, we use therapy (often referred to as psychotherapy or talk therapy). There are many different styles of therapy, but the practitioner you meet with will work with you to choose the type that best addresses your problem and fits your needs, personal characteristics and preferences.

Some common types of psychotherapy are cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, humanistic, psychodynamic or a combination of a few therapy styles. Therapy can be for individuals, couples, or families.

For some conditions, therapy and medication are a treatment combination that works best. Although psychologists do not prescribe medication, for people who benefit from medication, psychologists often work with primary care physicians, pediatricians and psychiatrists on their overall treatment.