All of us have had days where we felt like we were firing on all cylinders, mentally. We are able to focus, concentrate and make quick decisions. On other days, we might feel slow and unfocused. These changes in cognitive effectiveness can be related to mood, stress, lack of sleep, too much caffeine, or overuse of technology (as just a few examples).
Measuring your cognitive vigor is one of the best ways to track the progress of a health intervention. Whether you’re aiming to enhance your physical health, slow brain aging, dealing with anxiety or depression, or want to make any number of lifestyle improvements, it’s important to document how you are doing. Especially if you’re building an argument for your doctor about why you should be tested for certain conditions.
Cognitive assessment is becoming the gold standard for assessing and tracking brain health. Various cognitive measures, such as reaction time, Intelligence Quotient (IQ), and memory tests, are being used by millions of people to track their own brain health, or the brain health of loved ones.
Cognitive assessments allows our team at VC Counselling to identify where a client is cognitively upon entering treatment. It allows us to create plans that fit their needs when they begin their journey to better mental health and allows for quantifying growth and progress overtime both as a clinical model and practice as well as monitoring success through the following steps:
Cognitive health is important because it is so prevalent. Stress, trauma, depression, anxiety and substance use disorders have a huge impact on cognition. By assessing a client’s cognitive skillset, their strengths and weaknesses in different cognitive domains can be identified and then addressed in treatment.
Cambridge Brain Sciences Cognitive Testing Platform offers a suite of evidence-based cognitive assessments that can help healthcare professionals in evaluating patient possibilities for cognitive dysfunction.
The platform includes a series of modules specific to mental health treatments, including areas such as memory, concentration, reasoning, verbal abilities and more. As cognition is so closely linked to human health and well-being, these core areas are often affected by common mental disorders, as well as by the illnesses or medications that are most commonly associated with mood disorders.
Research has shown that people vary widely in how they learn and what kinds of cognitive processes they use. Our practice proposes a set of tests to be administered online that would allow us to evaluate a specific person’s performances in terms of their cognitive skills, strengths, and weaknesses.
The results produced are not only meaningful but also accurate enough to be compared with a person’s performances across time. These results allow us to better serve our clients through treatment plans that have been specialized to meet their individual needs.
There are many approaches and self-assessments for measuring cognitive function but few of them have the breadth of research guides and real-world examples as the Cambridge Brain Sciences Cognitive Assessment, call our practice at (587) 856-8369 to learn more or begin your self-assessment online today.
Individual counselling (or psychotherapy) is a collaborative partnership between you and a mental health professional in which you speak openly about your life experiences and concerns, and work together to identify solutions and achieve your personal goals.
Individual counselling in Calgary is a popular approach to therapy because it fosters a closer one-on-one relationship between the therapist and client. The counsellor is able to provide feedback and get to know a client on a more personal level than in a group setting. Seeing a counsellor allows you to get a better understanding of how your thoughts and feelings affect your behaviors, lifestyle choices and relationships with others.
The differences between individual and group counseling sessions are several. Counselling in an individual format tends to be longer, more in-depth, require more commitment from both the professional and the client, and can have a more private feel. Working with others in a group format lends itself to a sense of community, fostering feelings of oneness with the group members. Both formats have their place in mental health treatment.
We are currently accepting new clients however being a good fit is everything in a therapeutic alliance. When you’re ready, please contact us for a free 30-minute phone consultation to see if we match your needs and goals.