What is a psychologist?
A Psychologist is a mental health professional who is trained to assess, diagnose and treat mental health and behavioral disorders
You are a physiotherapy clinic. Why do you have a psychologist on staff?
Many of our patients who suffer from chronic pain often have concurrent psychological conditions such as Anxiety, Depression and Post-traumatic stress. Psychological factors often mediate the transition from acute to chronic pain states.
Victims of trauma such as automobile accidents often find it difficult to regulate their thoughts, feelings, mood and behavior. They may often feel shook-up, agitated, anxious, depressed, numb, or in a general state of uneasiness. Many have problems with memory, attention, and concentration, are forgetful or internally preoccupied, fearful, and phobic. Others prefer to be by themselves or withdraw from people and avoid many activities that they once enjoyed or experienced no difficulty in doing. Still others have disturbing images, dreams, nightmares, or flashbacks of the events and have trouble sleeping. Some may be angry or on edge all the time, while others may retreat into alcohol as a way of coping. If one was physically injured, acute pain, somatic complaints, and mood symptoms make the traumatic events worse.
At Acadia we believe that psychological factors have a big influence on a patient’s physical recovery. We feel that being able to offer this multi-disciplinary approach under one roof is the best approach for our patients.
Will you accept psychological referrals for patients being treated outside the clinic?
Yes.We accept outside referrals.
Is your psychologist registered?
Mona Ullah is registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She is also a member of the Psychological Association of Alberta
What does the typical session involve?
Our psychologist will perform an assessment that could include an interview, formal and informal observations and administration of questionnaires to arrive at a diagnosis. Mona’s approach to treatment maintains a cognitive-behavioral focus and integrates mindfulness-based interventions when appropriate. The goal of therapy is to teach sufferers to regain a degree of control over their experiences and overcome their sense of helplessness and emotional distress. This is done through a combination of strategies that includes: education, relaxation training, cognitive restructuring, self monitoring and pacing, structured daily plans etc.
What is the typical length of a session?
A typical session will last approximately fifty minutes to an hour. It may vary depending on your needs and the kind of activities being done.
Who pays for psychological services?
Psychological services are a benefit under several health care plans. The extent of coverage is dependent on your individual plan. If you are the victim of a Motor Vehicle Collision, your MVA insurance may cover the cost of assessment and treatment.
Do I need a referral from a physician to see a psychologist?
A Physician referral is not generally required to see a psychologist. However, your insurance company may require a Physician’s referral before they will cover the cost of therapy sessions. This is subject to your benefit plan and the discretion of the insurance company.