1. INDIVIDUAL THERAPY (WITH FAMILY SESSIONS AS REQUIRED)
Prusik offers formal in-office counselling, drawing on systematic, CBT, DBT, narrative and solution-focused models of therapy that best meets the need of the youth/young adult. Prusik takes a Skills-based approach to counselling by providing tools for emotion regulation and healthy decision-making. Prusik believes that clients will benefit from a great understanding of the neuro-biology of the brain and how decisions are made. Prusik simplifies these principles based on client age/understanding; Even a five year old client will benefit from recognizing when they are in their “angry/emotional/no-thinking” brain and be given a simple exercise to help them transition into their “thinking” brain.
THESE ARE FANCY THERAPY WORDS. BASICALLY, PRUSIK WILL ASK QUESTIONS THAT WILL HOPEFULLY HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM, EMOTION OR FEELING THAT YOU ARE EXPERIENCING AND TEACH YOU SPECIFIC SKILLS TO HELP YOU MAKE BETTER DECISIONS. YOU IF YOU FIND THAT SOME QUESTIONS DON’T MAKE SENSE OR A CERTAIN APPROACH IS NOT WORKING, PRUSIK WILL TRY SOMETHING NEW. IT’S IMPORTANT TO FIND OUT WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU!
2. YOUNG ADULT SERVICES
Prusik extends its formal counselling services to young adults, 18-25. This approach is mostly talk-based therapy, but Prusik can introduce art, photography or videography into sessions if the young adult client is interested.
3. PHOTOGRAPHY-BASED COUNSELLING
According to Hoffman (2002) “Most of our communications derive strength from images, metaphors, and analogies, since these devices allow us to escape, at least momentarily … from our word webs.” Photography-based therapy allows clients to use image to express what is often difficult to say in words.
Based on narrative and solution-focused models of practice, Prusik utilizes a unique photography-based therapeutic approach developed by Monique Smith. This methodology helps clients create new understanding and meaning through the use of metaphors and imagery. Clients use photography to explore a “preferred future,” helping them to identify new possibilities and move towards change. Photography-based counselling is not an exclusive type of therapy, but may supplement individual therapy (as described above) when the therapist and client feels that this approach will be therapeutically beneficial.
SIMPLY PUT, TAKING PICTURES CAN SOMETIMES HELP UNDERSTAND A PROBLEM BETTER OR EVEN GIVE YOU A GREATER SENSE OF HOPE. IF YOU LIKE TO TAKE PICTURES, YOU MAY FIND A PHOTOGRAPHY-BASED APPROACH MAY HELP.
4. ACTIVITY-BASED COUNSELLING
Rooted in an Experiential-Learning model of practice, activity-based counselling understands that learning occurs when an individual makes sense of his or her own direct experiences. As Confucius once said, “Tell me, and I will forgot. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.”
Activity-based counselling challenges youth mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually through new challenges as clients are encouraged to reflect on their experiences and apply them to every day life. Furthermore, it helps clients to experience feelings of significance and self-worth as clients overcome new challenges.
Prusik employs activity-based counselling for two purposes:
1) It can help create a therapeutic-alliance (positive relationship) between the therapist and the client and provide a metaphor to teach a specific lesson.
2) By engaging in various activities that may cause emotional dysregulation (i.e. engaging in an anxiety producing activity) and teaching clients specific skills to regulate those emotions, Prusik provides “real-life” experiences to help clients overcome their anxiety/emotional outbursts. This technique is most often utilized with Prusik’s younger clients.
SOMETIMES YOU CAN LEARN SOMETHING BY TRYING A NEW ACTIVITY. ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IS TO GO CLIMBING WITH A YOUTH ON THE FIRST SESSION BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF LESSONS THAT CLIMBING CAN TEACH ABOUT WHAT COUNSELLING IS ALL ABOUT.
5. OPTIONAL FAITH-BASED COUNSELLING
Prusik Youth Counselling and Mentorship Services is inclusive and does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender etc. However, at the request and direction of the client, Prusik is able to provide Christian counselling, addressing issues relating to spirituality and faith.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT HOW GOD PLAYS A ROLE IN YOUR LIFE, PRUSIK IS OPEN TO DOING SO. PRUSIK WILL NEVER FORCE YOU TO TALK ABOUT YOUR FAITH UNLESS YOU WANT TO.
7. ONLINE CYBER-COUNSELLING
Using Skype, a free online video chat software program, Prusik offers online therapy for individuals who have difficulty accessing services in person.
While formal “talk” therapy is utilized in these sessions, other forms of multi-media may be utilized as well, creating an innovative way for youth to speak about specific struggles and concerns. The type of media used depends on the interest of the client.
Photography, videography, painting and drawing, song writing and comic creations are some of the options available for clients to incorporate into the therapeutic process.
A web cam, mic and high-speed internet is required to participate.
Guardian consent is required for youth under the age of 18 years to receive online counselling.
Prusik Therapist, Monique Smith, holds a certificate in Foundations of Cybercounselling Level I.