Dr. Donald Croft
10339 - 106 Street,
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1H8
(780) 965-0919
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Anxious or distressed? Get help now!

 

Counselling can improve your mental health and
increase your happiness

 

Counselling by an experienced Registered Psychologist
can save you time and money

 

Psychologist since 1983: Practising in Edmonton, Alberta

 

Contact Dr. Croft now at (780) 965-0919

Types of Therapies

Gottman method couples therapy builds upon decades of clinical research and experience regarding how real people make a commitment to developing effective loving couple relationships that last. Angry/abusive words may harm work, intimate, family or friend relationships. Therapy helps couples and/or individuals to experience healthier relationships by developing new knowledge, skills and strategies to become better friends, to build intimacy, to understand each other, and to manage conflict respectfully. Such partners support each other and create trust by being able to be counted on. This respect also provides a healthy framework for family relationships, as children learn about relationships from their parents’ model.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a well established mental health intervention used by psychologists. It involves helping clients to become more effective at managing the inter-relationships between their thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviour, by understanding/challenging the distortions and biases they use to interpret events and which underlie their symptoms of distress. The client is actively involved in learning new ways of thinking to combat anxiety, depression, crisis and stress and to improve intimate relationships.
Meta-Cognitive Therapy (MCT) also helps clients to learn to think more effectively when they face challenges, by focusing on what maintains the unhealthy thinking that leads to emotional distress. Individuals often develop unhealthy patterns of focussing on excessive worry, fixation on potential future threats and rumination/brooding over past events. These general processes are maintained by ineffective coping and harmful self-beliefs. Clients become more aware of the thoughts they have about their thinking and the further emotions they have in response to their emotions. By becoming more aware of how they pay attention to emotions, to self-defeating inner conversations and/or to negative images of oneself/others, clients can learn to coach themselves to counter-balance such distressing processes. A client’s depressed thoughts or anxiety/panic may interfere with sleep, problem solving or work performance. The therapy actively involves the client to improve the consistency of their effort to make healthy changes.
EMDR Therapy helps to accelerate the processes for a client to overcome disturbing events in their life and continue in a healthier direction. Clients may experience understandable and yet still difficult to manage trauma or distress, as a consequence of some recent crisis, e.g., an affair, accident, assault, etcetera. Clients may find that events and feelings that they believed were dealt with in the past, still unexpectedly cause problems. Dr. Croft helps such clients to learn new strategies for letting go and moving forward, while becoming more effective at preventing or counter-balancing similar distress in the future. Such strategies can be applied to improving future performance, as a client strives to enhance their personal development.
Clinical Hypnotherapy uses a natural form of communication used to focus a client's efforts on creating a new pathway to achieving their healthy goals. One practical foundation to this therapy involves relaxed breathing/muscles, creativity and positive suggestions, sometimes in conjunction with personally relevant and brief stories. Some examples of problems that Dr. Croft helps clients deal with involve stress, sleeping, low self-esteem, depressive thoughts, panic and chronic pain. As above, such strategies can be applied to improving a client’s future performance, as they strive to enhance their psychological health.

 

 

 

 

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How do I make an appointment for counselling?

Clients can make their own convenient appointments at either location simply by calling Dr. Croft at (780) 965-0919. A doctor's referral is not required by Dr. Croft. However, there are rare occasions when an insurance company requires such a referral, before they will compensate you for your claim.

Are counselling services confidential?

You can leave a detailed message on Dr. Croft's email or voice mail, as he is the only one with access to such messages. Similarly, all counselling sessions are confidential,except for rare events. Any limits to confidentiality will be fully discussed within the context of a treatment consent document at the beginning of the first session. These rare events generally involve a court order that requires a psychologist to provide information to legal proceedings, the client or someone else being in immediate danger and/or a potential of abuse/neglect towards any minor person.

What types of therapies will be offered and how many sessions will I need?

Exactly which services you will be provided is jointly determined by both you and Dr. Croft. Please see the section on Types of Therapies for the specialized approaches that Dr. Croft may suggest to augment supportive counselling services.

Most clients have complex mental health needs, multiple goals and/or are in a state of relative crisis. They need the customized and flexible-term sessions of professional psychological services, which Dr. Croft provides. The estimated number of sessions and frequency, plus appropriate goals and strategies are developed into a professional action plan for the client by Dr. Croft. The plan is discussed with and agreed to by the client after a few initial sessions. These sessions are used to carefully understand the individual’s or couple’s or family’s current problems, knowledge, strengths, needs and skills and for the development of an effective working relationship.

What do I pay for my professional counselling services from Dr Croft, Psychologist?

Clients pay a $190 professional fee, which is for a typical 50 minute office counselling session.  The last ten minutes of the hour appointment is used for client payment, providing a receipt and booking the next appointment at a mutually convenient time.  This fee is for the highly customized and flexible-term sessions, which most clients need. Clients can request longer appointments or even have double sessions, with a proportionally higher fee.  The total session fee for a typical couple counselling session is still just $190 and not double the individual fee, as the couple is sharing the time.

These psychological counselling services are often eligible for reimbursement (partly or wholly) by private insurance or employee assistance programs, but not by Alberta Health Care insurance. Payment options include cheque, MasterCard and Visa after the end of each session, with signed receipts provided by Dr. Croft to the client for insurance or tax benefit purposes. Payment for email, phone or other counselling services is in 10 minute increments for a client’s convenience, in order to supplement office-based services.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 09:34
 
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