Glossary

Abuse includes physical, psychological sexual, financial and emotional abuse, neglect, and risk of harm. In 95% of the time, men are perpetrators of sexual abuse and men and women almost equally are perpetrators of physical abuse.

Anticipatory Grief or premature grief is experiencing the feeling of loss and grief before your loved one has died.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in conjunction with intervention strategies such as, Reciprocal Inhibition, Stress Inoculation Training, Systematic Desensitization, Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Behavioral Rehearsal and Relaxation Training are beneficial to alleviating symptoms of trauma.

Cognitively-Focused and Solution-Focused Therapy approaches have been identified in relieving unwanted thoughts and symptoms to improve wellness. Some of these approaches include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Desensitization & Reprocessing, Narrative Therapy, and Traumatic Incident Resolution.

Co-parenting is the rearing of children when both biological parents no longer reside together and a step-parent may be involved with the child rearing. Blended families may have different parenting styles that can lead to conflict.

Crisis teams can include psychiatrists, psychologists, neurologists, neuropsychologists, registered nurses, psychiatric crisis counselors, social workers and special educators. Crisis teams are involved by doctor referral and meant to reduce hospital visits and institutionalization.

Drive is the biological component of desire, whereby the neuroendocrine mechanism activates us to perform activities.

Imminent death is having prior knowledge of a disease or illness that will cause disability, early or premature death which can contribute to anticipatory or premature grief.

Mindfulness is the awareness of body sensations and impulses through experience and body senses and like meditation is used to quiet the mind.

Motivation is the emotional or interpersonal factors that drive us to want to do something. Losing our desire makes us less motivated to perform activities and can result in isolation.

Negative perceptions are false beliefs which can have an impact on our relationships. Negative perceptions have the capacity to influence intimacy, communication, interactions, and our attitude and performance towards performing an activity.

Neglect results from the lack of knowledge or an inability of a caregiver to plan appropriately for a dependent’s needs such as, adequate food, clothing, shelter, safety, supervision, and medical attention.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), may occur after exposure to a very stressful event. Events that lead to PTSD and other related stress disorders tend to include those typified by serious injury, illness, or threat of death to self or others. Exposure to abuse and trauma is common and 7-8% of the general population is diagnosed with PTSD over the course of their life-time.

Professional Standards is a means of ensuring that professional and ethical standards are maintained. They also help to regulate Professional Misconduct of professional members to ensure public safety.

Significant traumatic events include sexual assault, physical assault, emotional abuse, violence, war combat, natural disaster, accident or being witness to a serious injury or death. A diagnosis of a chronic, acute or fatal illness or disease of a friend, lived-one or pet can also be traumatic.

Sessions are a minimum of 1 hour in length. The initial consultation session runs for 1.5 hours but is billed for 1 hour. Subsequent sessions can be booked for 45 minutes to 90 minutes. Initially clients meet once or twice a week for the first couple of months. The frequency depends upon the limits set out by the insurance provider or complexity of the concern.

Therapy is a means of providing the necessary tools and techniques for you to better understand and cope with life’s challenges and transitions that are preventing you from achieving your goals.

Traumatic event is generally something frightening that leaves you feeling hopeless, helpless and/or out-of-control. Over one’s lifetime approximately 60% of men and 50% of women experience at least one significant traumatic event.