Mental health matters as much as your physical health.
Our mental health involves thoughts, feelings, actions, interactions with others, and our ability to cope with everyday life. Often, depression is linked to headaches, anxiety is related to gastrointestinal issues, and trauma can lead to confusion, fatigue, and hyperventilation. Without mental wellness, we cannot be entirely healthy people, which impacts our engagement with others and our effectiveness at work.
Encompas, powered by Dalton Associates, strives to provide customized psychological, psychotherapy, and counselling treatment services. Most notably, clinicians supporting the Encompas program have expertise and experience in supporting the mental health needs of Police Officers, their families, those engaged in other aspects of law enforcement, and retirees in the field.
Counselling services offered through Encompas are consistent with relevant legislation and standards of professional conduct, as governed by the College of Psychologists of Ontario and other relevant governing professional colleges across the country. These counselling services include:
Psychological therapy is provided directly by Registered Psychologists and Psychological Associates, who are members in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Psychologists work with individuals, couples and families to help work through challenges and support mental wellness. Psychological therapy is a collaborative process between the psychologist and client, and takes place in a supportive, non-judgemental, and confidential environment.
Supervised Psychological Counselling:
Supervised psychological counselling is conducted under the license and direct supervision of a Registered Psychologist, who is a member in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. The counselling is delivered by the Psychologist’s supervisee – a Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Social Worker, Registered Nurse, etc. This counselling model is approved and regulated by the College of Psychologists of Ontario and offers clients an additional level of support and access to quality, safe counselling services.
Psychotherapy occurs when the Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and client enter a psychotherapeutic relationship and work together to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour, and social functioning. Psychotherapy can be helpful with feelings, moods, and behaviours that are adversely affecting day-to-day lives, relationships, and the ability to enjoy life. Types of treatment modalities include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR,) and more. Psychotherapists work with individuals, couples, and families in individual and group settings. Registered Psychotherapists are regulated health professionals in the province of Ontario, with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
Social Work Counselling:
This counselling is performed directly by Social Workers registered through the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, under their own professional license. Consultation is available to the Social Worker by Registered Psychologists and Psychiatrists. Social Workers are trained to approach clients with a biopsychosocial lens and can assist with a variety of challenges that affect everyday lives, including mental health issues. They can provide counselling, offer tools and resources, and help people navigate the services they require.
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is provided by a Registered Mental Health Practitioner and an Equine Specialist and is an alternative modality of experiential therapy, unlike traditional methods. Horses use their instinctual ability to read body language and emotions around them and have the ability to help lower stress hormones while aiding in the healing and development of new coping skills for many mental health struggles. Below are some studies on EAP: