Support in Newmarket
Life is sometimes challenging.
Life doesn’t always unfold as smoothly as we hope. The demands of everyday life, along with unexpected twists and turns, can take a toll on our mental health and strain our relationships.
At Oona Newmarket, we understand the unique challenges that life transitions (like starting and expanding your family) can bring, and we’re here to help. Our team of mental health professionals is dedicated to guiding you through the highs and lows of pregnancy, parenthood, and everything in between.
Whether you’re new to therapy or have previous experience, now is the right time to seek help. If you’ve seen a therapist before, welcome back! We’re excited to offer the support you need to navigate the complexities of life.
Psychotherapy appointments are available online and by phone. Please contact our therapists directly to book.
Prenatal and Postpartum Mental Health Support in Toronto and Newmarket
Therapy has different meanings for different people.
Everyone experiences therapy differently. Psychotherapy, referred to as “talk therapy”, aims to help you work through any challenges you may be facing in a safe, judgment-free environment. It encompasses various forms of dialogue-based therapies tailored to your individual needs.
The goal of psychotherapy is to empower clients to overcome a wide range of concerns. Relationship issues, anxieties about parenthood, stress from new motherhood, and everything in between are all within our therapists scope.
Oona’s psychotherapists in Newmarket offer an array of approaches to help you explore and comprehend your emotions. They also equip you with skills to effectively manage those intense emotions in your day-to-day life. We understand that this journey can be tough, and we’re here to help.
Our therapists prioritize trauma-informed care and possess expertise in addressing the unique difficulties associated with pregnancy and postpartum experiences.
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Pediatric Mental Health Support in Newmarket & Toronto
Big emotions may come along with behaviour that is challenging to deal with.
Obviously we all love our kids, but they don’t come with manuals! Sometimes, we just don’t have the tools to help our kids with their big feelings.
Oona’s experienced team of Pediatric Mental Health practitioners genuinely care about your family’s mental well-being and offer a variety of effective approaches to help your child (even teenagers!) overcome difficult situations, build resilience and thrive.
Common Questions about Pediatric Mental Health
You do not need a referral for your child to see a pediatric mental health professional. If you have concerns about your child’s mental health or resilience, an assessment would be a great idea.
We work with kiddos from the toddler years right up until they’re in high school.
Working with Cher Curshen, Registered Psychotherapist:
Your child would have to be able to sit independently on a video-chat, so usually I’ll see children 8 years old and up but even as young as 6 if the parent thinks they could manage it. If your child is under 8, Cher is also able to do a consultation with you to brainstorm issues or concerns for your child.
Working with Teddie Buchner or Patricia Ocampo, Registered Occupational Therapists:
Teddie and Patty are able to work across the whole lifespan and generally include parents and the whole family in the development of a plan and creation of routines and habits.
Our Registered Psychotherapist, Cher, uses Creative Arts Therapies, among other tools, to enhance your child’s life as they work through difficult experiences and learn ways to express and validate feelings, learn and grow, heal and thrive to start them on a journey of healing.
Our Pediatric Occupational Therapists, Teddie and Patty, focuses on the family as a whole and works with you in creating practical routines to achieve your goals.
When working with Cher, if your child is younger than age 12, the first session is for the parents/guardians on their own. We have provided a 30 minute appointment for this purpose! This enables Cher to answer any questions and concerns you may have and begin to get an idea of why you have reached out for therapy for your child. It also gives an understanding of next steps for your child.
If your child is older or communicates that they want to meet the therapist on their own, then it’s up to the child and what they want. Some children prefer to meet and talk to the therapist themselves.
The best interests of your child are always in the forefront with Cher and we want the best for your child! She seeks to collaborate with parents as much as possible within the bounds of confidentiality, and balances the building of trust in the therapeutic relationship and your child’s comfort level.
Once the child’s wishes have been established, your child’s first session will be with Cher on their own unless they have requested a parent be present for some of the session. The focus in this first session is on helping your child begin to develop trust and a sense of safety and begin to feel comfortable in this newly developing validating relationship.
Cher will also be getting to know your child in this initial and ongoing sessions. As children often do not have the ability to express their thoughts and feelings in words, they’ll get to do this in a way that’s comfortable for them, through play, art or talking if they wish.
In follow up sessions your child will continue to have an opportunity to express themselves and learn appropriate coping skills while resolving challenges they may be facing. Cher will continue to validate, support and help your child at this time when they need a little extra help. Your child will experience both a directive and non-directive approach with Cher.
Each session will provide an opportunity for your child to express themselves, and work through challenges they may be experiencing as they grow and learn in Cher’s child-led, strength based approach.
This really depends on the child and what challenges they are facing. Some children respond to therapy very quickly in just a few sessions while others require longer term therapy at regular intervals.
Psychotherapy and creative arts therapies are beneficial to people of all ages. Younger children respond positively to creative arts therapies as they feel comfortable and can easily explore feelings in this playful arts based non verbal means of expression. Teens can learn more about themselves, their relationships, their thoughts, feelings and experiences and tap into their inner wisdom.
You and your child’s privacy is our priority. Confidentiality is respected at all times. Our Mental Health team does not coordinate care or maintain electronic charts documenting their appointments with you or your child.
Exceptions to confidentiality are limited to legal and ethical obligations of the therapist to disclose abuse or intention to cause harm, client’s files are released only with signed consent or a court order.
Please check with your insurance provider to see if you have coverage – we offer services under “psychotherapy” and “occupational health”.
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Commonly Asked Questions About Psychotherapy
The first several visits allow the therapist to get to know the client. Typically, appointments last around an hour to an hour and a half (this will be decided beforehand, so there won’t be any surprises!). All of our therapy sessions take place online; the therapist and client work together to create strategies and a solid plan to help the client overcome and deal with their issues.
Not at all. We offer individual and couples counselling in both our Newmarket and Toronto locations, and if you would like your partner to see the therapist on their own, they are more than welcome to.
The most common reasons that people come to therapy are feelings of anxiety, depression, feeling stuck, trouble in relationships, parenting stress, stress in the workplace and dealing with unresolved trauma and issues from the past.
Consider therapy if you have noticed any of the following:
- You are dealing with an issue in your life that is causing you significant distress.
- Nothing you have done seems to be helping.
- Your friends and family can’t seem to help you and are tired of listening to your problems.
- You start over using or abusing something or someone to help alleviate your problems.
- People have noticed that you’re having a hard time and said something to you.
With committed relationships, it takes two to tango. If you and your partner are experiencing difficulties and have decided to seek help, it is most effective to come to counselling together to properly establish some goals and strategies in order to help you both move forward in your relationship. We may or may not recommend individual counselling in addition to couples counselling.
Every person is different. Some clients feel much better after one or two sessions, others take months or even a year to gradually work through their issues and feel better. Usually it takes a few weeks to feel a noticeable difference, and in some cases, it is necessary to visit a psychiatrist in conjunction with the psychotherapist in order to explore medication options.
No. Our psychotherapists help individuals and couples of any gender through all of life’s ups and downs — from pregnancy anxiety (aka antenatal anxiety) to postpartum depression and beyond.
Pregnancy can bring major life changes — physically, emotionally and hormonally. It’s completely normal to feel anxiety or depression at some point during pregnancy — your body is growing a human, after all! Talking to a psychotherapist and/or finding a strong support network (like the incredible clients at Oona in Newmarket and Toronto) can help you through those tough times.
Absolutely. Calmer parents will result in a calmer birth and an easier adjustment to a new baby in the house. If you or you and your partner are experiencing stress or worry during your pregnancy, it is highly recommended that you come in for therapy to iron out some of your issues before your world gets turned upside down.
Commonly Asked Questions About Virtual Therapy
Yes! Research has shown that phone and/or online therapy can be an effective alternative to in-person therapy. As an added bonus, you save travel time and can benefit from our extended virtual therapy hours.
We recommend that you find a private space and give yourself a little time before and after the session to allow yourself to transition in and out of the experience. If meeting online, when possible, try to have your computer or phone on a table or solid surface rather than your lap (to reduce video shake and so you can be relaxed) and use headphones or earbuds if you have them. If you would be more comfortable going for a walk in nature while you do your phone session, feel free to do so.
For virtual online sessions, the psychotherapist will be using software that is PIPEDA and HIPAA-approved and encrypted for your privacy. We take every step to ensure that the electronic communication technology we use is secure, confidential and appropriate in the circumstances. Before we get started, we will review any potential risks that are inherent in the use of any technology.
For example, to reduce any risks, we highly recommend using a secure network (not public WIFI) with an internet connection that is stable. There are also other measures that you can use to protect your privacy (e.g. password protecting devices, refraining from sharing passwords or access to your email account).
Depending on the therapist, you will either simply log into your Janeapp account to have your appointment, or they will email you a link to download the platform for free, well in advance of your session.
At the time of your session, the therapist will send you an invite to enter the virtual therapy room. Then voila! You continue with the session as if you are in the same room.
Sessions are not recorded. If for any reason, the psychotherapist or client believes there is benefit in recording a session, this will only occur if the client expresses consent.
Yes! Simply contact us via phone or email. We will take a bit of information from you and then arrange a time for you to speak with the therapist.
Direct insurance billing
Oona works with insurance companies to do online billing for treatments, whenever possible. Simply ask if your insurance company is compliant when you book your appointment.
We provide a holistic approach to treatment, and have a wide variety of services that compliment each other. Click on the links below for more information about how our other services can help you achieve your health and wellness goals.