Therapy Services for Adults, Adolescents, and Children

Experienced, professional, and compassionate assistance in coping with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, resolution of past trauma or difficult life experiences of any type.
Skilled facilitation of personal growth through skill-building, self-esteem development, wellness practices, the development of a positive vision of the future, and goal-setting.

All therapy services provided by a therapist with over 20 years of experience in private counselling practice, as well as over 20 years of experience providing therapeutic intervention in school settings and formalized treatment settings. For more information about the therapist, click here.

Why consider therapy?

If you have had a significant loss, therapy can help you grieve your loss, let go, move forward with your life, and feel happiness again.

If you are experiencing depression, therapy can help you to cope with it, change negative patterns of thinking that contribute to it, and enable you to enjoy life.

If you are experiencing anxiety, therapy can help you to manage it, change mistaken thoughts and beliefs that exacerbate it, and help you to be able to more comfortably do things that seem difficult or impossible right now.

If you lack self-confidence, therapy can help you to discover your strengths and positive qualities, to believe in yourself, and to experience success.

If you have had a difficult life experience (or perhaps a number of them), therapy can help you to not define yourself in terms of your past, but rather to heal, become stronger, and choose your own future.

Choose therapy with Elm Park Counselling and Consultation – you deserve it!

Parent Coaching

Parent coaching supports parents in meeting their children’s needs related to emotional well-being, security and predictability, the development of responsibility, and a sense of competence and mastery.

Coaching is provided by a therapist with over 20 years of experience working with children and parents in both school and private practice settings.

Why consider therapy?

Parenting is wonderful, but it is also the most difficult job there is. There are times for every parent, when they are just not sure how to handle their child’s current behaviors; how to support them through their current struggles; or how to ensure that they will grow up to be responsible, competent (and happy) adults.

Sometimes, all that is needed is a little reassurance that you are on the right track, plus a little “tweak” or two.
Sometimes, it is helpful to have someone to “bounce things off of” for a longer period of time, especially if your child is struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, learning disabilities, low self-esteem, etc. In addition to getting help for your child, it can be very helpful for you to have someone to talk to about how to support your child.

Consider parent coaching with Elm Park Counselling and Consultation – you and your child will both feel better for it!

Assessment and Consultation Services

Elm Park Counselling and Consultation is owned and operated by Carla Betker, a certified School Psychologist with over 20 years of experience providing assessment and consultation services in Manitoba schools.

Available assessment services include:
  • Cognitive functioning
  • Behavioural or emotional issues
  • Mental health
  • Suicide risk assessment and threat assessment (in school settings)
Available Consultation Services Include:
  • Interpretation of assessment results, sharing of recommendations, and discussion with school team and parents re adaptations and accommodations to meet the academic/emotional/mental health needs of assessed students
  • Inservice training for teachers, school administrators, educational assistants, school counsellors and resource teachers on a range of topics including (but not limited to): ADHD; Strengthening Reading Skills; Facilitating Positive Mental Health Among Students; Understanding Depression in Children and Adolescents; Understanding and Supporting Students with Anxiety; Responding Effectively to Children with Emotional and Behavioral Issues; Building Students’ Self-Esteem; Anger Management Strategies; Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder; and Wellness.
  • Presentations for organizations or community groups can be developed on any topic related to mental health, and tailored to meet the specific training needs of a particular organization.
  • Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth – this course (developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada) can be delivered as a closed course for any school or organization serving children and youth. The maximum number of participants per session is 25. This course is also periodically offered as an open course for members of the public.

These assessment and consultation services are available to public and private schools, school divisions, and education authorities.

Mental Health First Aid

Courses in Mental Health First Aid for Adults Who Interact with Youth are offered both as closed courses for any organization serving children and youth, as well as open courses – which are open to any community member who interacts with children or youth in their personal or professional life.

Why register for Mental Health First Aid for Adults Who Interact with Youth?

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, an estimated 15 per cent of children and youth are affected by a mental health problem at any given time.

  • Half of all diagnosable mental health issues begin by age 14 and
  • 75% begin by age 24.
  • Some anxiety disorders have an average onset of age 11.
  • Anyone who has regular contact with youth will inevitably interact with some who are developing mental health problems.

People who are trained in MHFA can offer immediate aid, and can support the young person until they can access professional help.

If there is a young person in your life who is struggling emotionally and may be developing a mental health problem, this course will teach you to recognize the signs that a young person may need help; enable you to feel confident in supporting them; and show you how to connect them to professional help.

Carla Betker, owner and operator of Elm Park Counselling and Consultation, is a certified instructor of Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth. In addition to providing an animated and engaging delivery of course content, she is able to provide many examples of the issues and concepts being taught, drawn from her 20+ years working as a School Psychologist and Private Practice Therapist.

To schedule a course for your organization, or to find out when the next open course will be held contact Elm Park Counselling and Consultation.