Psychological Trauma is damage to the psyche as a response to a traumatic event in one’s life. This can involve a single traumatic experience, or an enduring or repeating event or events that completely overwhelm our ability to cope and integrate our ideas and emotions. Symptoms of trauma or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can include nightmares, flashbacks, insomnia, panic attacks, alcohol and substance abuse, and avoidance.
Trauma therapists are trained to understand the feelings that arise while re-living painful and difficult memories, and have a breadth and depth of experience working with cognitive-behavioural therapy for trauma. Aims and objectives for treatment in therapy include helping you process traumatic events in safety and confidence, dealing with the by-product of trauma including nightmares and flashbacks, and relieving accompanying symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and fear.
After completing the recommended program, we check in for another consultation appointment to check in on what your experience was like. If you’re still struggling (and everyone takes a different amount of time to work through issues), we may recommend continued therapy to keep you on the right track. If you’re feeling like you’ve made significant improvement in your issues, your therapy ends here . We will likely give you reading materials and homework to help you along the way and you’re welcome to come back for a check-in session at any time. After your therapy, we always love to hear how you’re doing and what you’ve accomplished!
From time to time we will facilitate group work delving into various issues such as domestic violence , trauma,addiction. One of the biggest advantages of group therapy is that you are able to hear the feelings and experiences of others and then to either compare them or apply them to your own feelings and experiences. Furthermore, as a person grows individually, they are able to share that growth experience – and technique – with the group so that others may benefit .Another advantage of group therapy is that it often costs less than individual therapy. Note, however, that often a problem may be better treated with a combination of individual and group therapy.Group therapy offers additional support. You not only have the support and help of your therapist, but you also have the help and the support of the other members of the group – people who have had personal experience with what you are going through. Furthermore, you will discover that you are not alone in the world when it comes to your particular problem. This, in itself, often helps therapy to progress faster.
Susan Brandt has has been leading workshops and contributed to conference teaching for over 30 years. She is recognized as a national leader for professional training in the fields of psychology, social work, and pastoral issues. With humor and skill Susan can design workshops for small or large groups.
With a lifetime of counseling experience Susan possesses a wealth of knowledge that is directly relevant to many social, health and pastoral issues, both in terms of understanding the problems and their potential solutions. Unfortunately, much of this knowledge never reaches the people who are working on these issues.Wherever possible, Street level consulting personal goal is to build bridges between these groups, so that they might increase their efficiency and effectiveness.
Street level consulting is pleased to offer individual counselling services via Skype to those who reside more than 80km away from Calgary, AB. This includes Banff, Canmore, Red Deer, and beyond.
Rates for Skype sessions are $100/hour with Susan Brandt We accept e-transfers for payment of Skype services.
This form of counseling could be an option for those going on a holiday or extended stay outside of the immediate Calgary area to maintain your recovery connection and support. Once you return to Calgary, your face-to-face services can resume.
A few additional notes about Skype: Please note that if the connection is poor during the scheduled Skype appointment, than the appointment will be switched to telephone.
In order to have a Skype session, you will need a computer, Skype user account, up-to-date Skype software (which is free), and a webcam. If you do not have access to this, than telephone appointments are also available. Please notify us when you are scheduling the appointment that it will be via Skype or telephone.
If you have any additional questions about Skype counseling or the services offered at Street Level consulting, please e-mail at susanb@streetlevelconsulting,ca or call 403-390-7970.
Clinical supervision is emerging as the crucible in which counselors acquire knowledge and skills for the counseling profession, providing a bridge between the classroom and the practice. Supervision is necessary to improve client care, develop the professionalism of clinical personnel, and impart and maintain ethical standards in the field. In recent years, clinical supervision has become the cornerstone of quality improvement and assurance.
As a Internationally certified Clinical supervisor Susan fulfills the role of:
Assist in the development of counseling knowledge and skills by identifying learning needs, determining counselor strengths, promoting self-awareness, and transmitting knowledge for practical use and professional growth. Supervisors are teachers, trainers, and professional role models.
Incorporate the supervisory consulting role of case consultation and review, monitoring performance, counseling the counselor regarding job performance, and assessing counselors. In this role, she also provides alternative case conceptualizations, oversight of counselor work to achieve mutually agreed upon goals, and professional gate-keeping for the organization and discipline (e.g., recognizing and addressing counselor impairment).
In this supportive role, supervisors provide morale building, assess strengths and needs, suggest varying clinical approaches, model, cheer-lead, and prevent burnout. For entry-level counselors, the supportive function is critical.
As an experienced supervisor she mentors and teaches the supervisee through role modelling, facilitates the counselors overall professional development and sense of professional identity, and trains the next generation of supervisors