Psychology at PEPP

Psychological services are provided by a psychologist, a psychometrist (someone who administers psychological tests), as well as psychology residents and psychology practicum students under the supervision of the psychologist.

The following psychology services are provided at PEPP:

  • Individual therapy: Psychotherapy (sometimes called talk therapy) refers to a variety of treatments that aim to help a person identify and change troubling emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Elements of psychotherapy can include helping a person become aware of automatic ways of thinking that are inaccurate or harmful (for example, having a low opinion of their abilities) and then finding ways to question those thoughts, understand how the thoughts affect their emotions and behavior, and change self-defeating patterns. The goals and methods of treatment are flexible, designed for the client with the client. A broad range of issues can be addressed in therapy, including anxiety, depression, psychotic symptoms, social concerns, and adjustment to major life changes, such as a mental illness diagnosis. 
  • Group therapy: Psychology staff facilitate many groups currently offered at PEPP including, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for psychosis, cognitive behavioural therapy for mood and anxiety, and exploring self-esteem and stigma group. 
  • Neuropsychological assessment: A neuropsychological, or cognitive, assessment is a comprehensive evaluation examining someone’s thinking skills, including attention, memory, and problem-solving. For more information see the Psychology Assessment webpage.

Psychology staff members at PEPP are also involved in teaching and research.