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Megan Longstaff C. Psych. Assoc.

Megan Longstaff is a registered member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, offering psychological therapy and counselling for clients in the Ottawa area, specializing in anxiety, trauma, and depression.  

Psychological Therapy

I approach client’s challenges from a cognitive-behavioural perspective. This means that therapy sessions involve examining problematic thinking patterns that lead to emotional states, which in turn, is reflected in our behaviour. Altering the thought patterns around specific issues results in emotional and behavioural changes. 

Specialty Areas

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobia

General Therapy

  • Sexual Abuse
  • Relationships
  • Work related issues
  • Stress management
  • Relaxation skills

Therapeutic Techniques

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • EMDR Level II (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Hypnosis

 

Psychological Assessment

Each client begins therapy with a professional psychological assessment that includes an initial interview followed by psychological testing.

During the interview portion of the assessment, we discuss the nature of the client’s problem as well as gather the client’s personal history and background information.

In the psychological testing portion, the client will be given a series of standardized written, multiple choice questionnaires. The results of these tests are reviewed in the next session. These results are used to help determine the possible presence and severity of psychological disorders and guide in setting treatment goals.

Psychological assessments is a common practice used by psychologists and psychological associates to systematically identify clinical issues, develop personalized treatment plans, and to track progress during the course of therapy.

Anxiety

Treatment for anxiety disorders includes, but is not limited to, cognitive behaviour therapy, psycho education, relaxation techniques, stress reduction, and sleep hygiene. Treatment for a specific anxiety (e.g. heights, driving a car, social situations) involves establishing a graduated series of steps designed to assist clients in overcoming and managing their anxiety (exposure therapy). Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) treatment involves learning techniques for symptom management.

 Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress

Treatment for trauma follows a three phase model commonly used by psychologists; stabilization, processing, and reintegration.

During the Stabilization phase, the client is taught how to cope with the overwhelming traumatic symptoms. This is achieved using a variety of techniques including; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, psycho education, symptom management, and sleep hygiene.

The second  phase involves processing the trauma. Processing involves more intensive therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Hypnotherapy, and Mindfulness, in order to explore the nature and effects of the trauma.

The final reintegration and rehabilitation phase involves restoring the client’s quality of life by re-establishing and developing healthy relationships, emotions and sense of well-being.