Individual Counselling

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We Have A Specific Way Of Doing Counselling. It Goes Like This...

  • We cherry-picked our favourite elements of today’s most cutting edge, researched therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Bilateral Stimulation often referred to as "exposure therapy"
  • We put them into the most effective order and filled in the gaps with Shift innovations
  • Next, we hired some seriously educated young talent
  • Ready for even more? On top of that, we specially train them
  • And throughout all of our therapy we have a team that uses metrics and skill to measure results, so we can make sure we always deliver

How Does Shift Therapy Work?

A dedicated Concierge Service specialist will manage your booking from start to finish, providing the expertise necessary to ensure your questions are answered.

Get ready for directed, structured and results-driven therapy starting with "The Intake Session" where we’ll get to know as much of you as humanly possible in 50 minutes.

A deep dive into your limiting beliefs and determine your ‘dysfunctional needs’. Then it's time to reprocess traumatic events and remove the limiting beliefs.


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We are super serious about the benefits of psychology and built a program that shows it. Come see for yourself.

You see, early in life we all have some not so wonderful experiences (big or small) and these NON-NURTURING ELEMENTS internalize LIMITING BELIEFS. The Limiting Beliefs are a pain (literally) because they mess with our perspective on the world and on ourselves, which causes all kinds of problems – from anxiety to underachievement.

Lucky for you, we took an extreme interest in getting rid of these pesky limiters and put together a real gem of a therapy experience.

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Why Wait Until You Have Clinical Concerns?

No Clinical Concerns But Feel Like You Just Need A Tune Up?

We Also Treat Many Life Optimizations.

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A dedicated Concierge Service specialist will manage your booking from start to finish, providing the expertise necessary to ensure your questions are answered.

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Edmonton Counsellors - Westmount - 124th Street

Downtown Edmonton Counsellors & Therapists - 124street

Licensed, accredited, and experienced therapists who can help you with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationships, trauma, grief, and more. For our therapists, we built out or own little mini university in the background to make sure we’ve got continued mentorship, consultation, focused training and that’s after hiring amazing people that already come out of school with great education.

We are really, really, really militant so we are constantly evolving as a team but we are also always focused on creating this elevated client experience and that’s EVERY SINGLE TIME.


Help Us Match You To The Right Therapist.

Please fill out our request form which details the issues you’d like to deal with in therapy, your availability and if you are seeking online or in-person sessions. It will help us match you with the most suitable therapist for your needs. Your answers will also give our counsellor a head start in planning your treatment.

Psychologists Downtown Edmonton - 124street Office:

Our Edmonton psychologists have been in the community since 2014, and we practice a particular brand of therapy. Our unique structured protocol draws from researched therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and exposure therapy. Serving the Westmount community and the greater Edmonton area.

We offer individual counselling and child psychology, and treat many clinical concerns including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD and OCD. We also love helping people optimize their lives, supporting them through their relationship concerns, parenting, weight management, and more.

Business Hours:

Mon: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Tues: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Wed: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Thurs: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Fri:  9:00am – 9:00pm
Sat: 10am-5:00pm
Sun: Closed

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ShiftGrit provides psychology and counselling services for:

"It’s a neighbourhood displaying the best of both worlds — a trendy shopping area courtesy of 124th Street in Edmonton Alberta and quiet, tree-lined streets with heritage homes that are full of character. The trees and homes have been around for decades, but 124th Street keeps the area current, drawing people from all walks of life into the unique shops, cafes and restaurants that flourish in the area. On one side, it’s bordered by the river valley, while well-kept homes and yards lead you up to 111th Avenue — it’s like a throwback to old neighbourhoods that were full of charm and easily traversed by foot."

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anger management therapy

Anger Management Therapy

Where Does Anger Come From?

Anger can be a healthy response to stressful situations or events. We’ve all gotten angry and it can help to communicate to others that we’re not okay with something. In fact, not having the ability to display an emotional response is a whole other issue. The feeling of anger can also be a protective mechanism, as anger tends to pop up when there is something present that is threatening to us or our survival. However, for some people, uncontrollable, overly frequent or inappropriate expressions of anger can damage relationships, career success or more. It can be an overwhelming feeling, which sometimes results in people seeking out anger management therapy.

Managing anger with maladaptive coping strategies or behaviours can push the thoughts and feelings deeper and eventually make the anger control even more difficult. For men, anger is one of the more socially accepted emotions and we often experience anger secondarily to a primary emotion, which may be sadness, hurt or guilt. This means that there is often something below all of the anger.

How Shift’s Anger Management Therapy Can Help

Shift Psychological provides therapy for anger management near you identifying and treating the origins of the anger – the messages about self and the world that cause it. Then, using our unique approach we remove them. This results in an absence of reaction and an appropriate level of calm and increased mental health. This anger management program is something that gets to the root and provides lasting change.


Here's what we know about ADD/ADHd

ADD/ADHD is Trending: Here’s What We Know about Thriving with It

Seems like ADD/ADHD is getting a lot of attention lately.

Ironic?

Perhaps.

But, as we round the corner on year two of a global pandemic, maybe there’s an answer in the times we live in. With the persistent disruption to our lifestyles and — for many of us — precious few opportunities to connect with our fellow humans, it’s no surprise that more of us feel like we’re bouncing off the proverbial wall.

Does that mean we’ve got a societal case of attention deficit disorder? Probably not.

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What We Know About ADHD
Here's what we know about ADD/ADHd

If you know you’re the kind of person who goes stir-crazy when you feel confined, make sure you’ve got an escape plan. Maybe your family wants to lie on the beach for eight hours, but you know you’re going to need to scale a cliff instead. Or, if you’ve got to spend the day on the beach (poor baby), pack a book or line up a new podcast (we know some good ones if you’re looking).

Then there will be the uncomfortable situations you can’t avoid. You’re not going to be able to be hyper-stimulated by every single thing in your life. You still have to clean toilets, pay taxes and wait at a bus stop. Inevitably, there are tasks you won’t find interesting. We want to minimize them but also increase our ability to tolerate them, through activities that instill mindfulness, such as yoga, martial arts, meditation, or running — any activity that requires a certain amount of extended focus and skill.

Eventually, you’ll be able to access the distress tolerance you cultivate during those activities in other areas of your life, so that your deep breathing kicks in whenever you’re faced with something uncomfortable or unpleasant (maybe not while cleaning the toilet).

Not only do we want to mitigate or tolerate the things that make you go “ugh,” we also want to maximize the things that make you go “oooh,” in other words, your superpower, whether its an ability to hyper-focus on an area of interest or to envision the big picture. It’s going to be easier to sit through that Zoom call if you’ve gone on a nature walk, connected with your neighbour and dreamed about the future of your business.

Once you’ve identified the behaviors you want to minimize and those you want to highlight, and you’ve found some potential strategies, the question becomes: Can you implement them?

More often than not, the answer is no. We know we need physical exercise to avoid going nuclear on our kids, but it’s hard to find parking at the yoga studio. We know we need to chat with our fellow humans to avoid eating the third slice of cheesecake, but the party will probably not be very much fun. We know we would be much calmer on the family vacation with a podcast, but there are just too many to choose from (really, we have some recommendations).

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Identify the behaviours
Listen to your walnut and understand where he's coming from

When we listen to the walnut and understand where he’s coming from, we can get him on board. He’s probably telling us not to run because he fears we aren’t good at it, or not to go to the party because he worries everyone else there is better than us. When we catch a snippet of that internal dialogue, we get insight into our limiting beliefs. That gives us something we can tackle — often with the help of a therapist.

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Episode 017: ADD/ADHD

Stop Self-Sabotage, Get Your Brain on Your Side and Be Your Best Self

Why We Engage in Self - Sabotage - and How to Stop


“Why do I do shit I don’t want to do?”

We all do things we don’t want to do – filing taxes, emptying the dishwasher and raking an autumn’s worth of leaves off the driveway.

But I’m not talking about chores. I’m talking about those things we do that we on a molecular level we Do. Not. Want. To. Do.

Go out on a (second…and third…) date with a loser.

Stay in our dead-end job.

Pay for another round of drinks for friends who always “forget their wallet.”

Spend time with people who make us feel bad about ourselves.

As a mental health professional, people are always asking me – even before they get to my couch – “Why do I keep doing stupid shit?” They want to know how to stop self-sabotage, as if they were the ones to have invented it.

But, it’s not just them and it’s not just you. It’s our evolutionary heritage. 

To understand that situation where you’ve got a big decision to make and two competing voices in your head (one of which is bombarding you with negative self-talk), you’ve got to go back millions of years to our Neanderthal ancestors.

As they scrambled for food and fled predators, selection pressures favoured those who excelled at seeking pleasure (food and sex) and avoiding pain (death). No room for navel contemplation here.

Flash forward to the Homo sapiens,but don’t be too quick to forget the caveman. Even though we’ve evolved the ability for higher cognition, we haven’t shed our instinctive functions, must-haves like breathing, eating, moving, sleeping and basic emotions.

But it’s not all upside.

Our human brain is still part animal. Let’s visualize it as a lumbering elephant, poised to stampede at the first hint of danger. The main difference from our Neanderthal brethren is that our elephant has a rider – our cognitive mind – that can steer this well-meaning pachyderm onto the path it most desires and away from whatever form of self-sabotage he’s lumbering towards.

That’s the operative word: steer. The cognitive brain isn’t just pulling some puppet strings. The elephant – or, as we at Shift call him, the Walnut – is a formidable partner. (Notice I said, partner, not enemy…)

That’s a good thing. Although the modern Walnut doesn’t have to spend all of its energy keeping you alive, it preserves the hair-trigger features from earlier evolutionary phases. His job is to remove your pain points – including social pain – and to do it fast.

Focused on survival, the Walnut takes a “better safe than sorry” approach. Our ancestors didn’t have the developed cognitive mind to extract information from their surroundings – they just learn something once and then go on autopilot.

If Caveman Susie walked by a cave and a sabertooth tiger leapt out, she would have the same get-me-out-of-here reaction every time she saw a cave-looking type opening. Better safe than sorry, even if it means living her whole life without ever being able to go indoors.

Now, however, our brain is like a car with two drivers. One steps on the gas at the first sign of danger, while the other rationally evaluates your surroundings.

The trick is to find the right brain for the right job: When you are being chased by a T-rex, hire the Walnut. But when it’s time to decide whether to quit your partner, try for a little bit more gray matter.

Notice it’s not about silencing the Walnut. Our evolutionary history isn’t something to flee. Going numb to his signals is as dangerous to our well-being as it is to give him free reign.

Our goal is just to avoid an overly activated Walnut. We don’t have predators, but we do have limiting beliefs – negative thoughts about ourselves and the world that we internalize during childhood. Limiting beliefs stem from non-nurturing elements, threats our Walnut perceived – sort of like Caveman Susie – and then continues to generalize to successive experiences.

For example, if we don’t have a secure attachment with our primary caregiver, we may internalize the belief “I am not worthy” or if we experienced violence (an actual war or aggressive household behaviors), we may believe, “I am at risk.”

When we’re in our developmental phase, we may truly have been at risk – so our Walnut was helping us create a protective strategy. However, as we grow up, the danger has passed – only now we’re wandering through the world with limiting-belief-colored glasses. 

So how do we take those glasses off? 

Here are a few tips to calibrate our Walnut for the most optimized life:

  • Know when he is active. 
  • Evaluate if the threat is real. (There can be good reasons for the Walnut to be sounding the alarm – but probably not if someone took your parking spot.)
  • Learn your ‘triggers’ (i.e. the things that make your body feel that “ugh” feeling). 
  • Practice mindfulness on the regular, so when you feel the trigger, you’ll know how to clear your mind. Deep breaths send safety signals to your brain, calming the Walnut down. 
  • Distract him - preemptively. A Walnut is like a toddler, so appease him with healthy distractions: Call a friend, relax in a sudsy bath or sweat it out at the gym. Just don’t wait until you’re already at a nine. The Walnut is sensitive to emotional states (like boredom) and physical states (like sleepiness or hunger). Proactively relieve stress by getting enough rest, socialization and physical exercise
  • Don’t hate on him. The reason we call him a walnut is because it’s neutral. (And also, no one wants a peanut brain… ) He’s got stuff to say, even if he doesn’t always have the words. Figure out what he needs. 

Once you know when to give the walnut the keys and when to send him on his little nutty way, you’re more likely to stop engaging in self-sabotage and clear the runway to achieve your goals.

Even if you do the work to up our game, you’re still going to be around others who have not yet cracked their evolutionary psychology open. No matter: You’ll be well-positioned to understand when others are being held hostage by their Walnut and make a choice about how – or whether – to engage.

If you want to cut the cord on sabotaging behaviour, knowing how the human mind works is the first step. You can adopt lots of strategies to wrangle the Walnut, but life optimization requires more mental bandwidth.

At ShiftGrit, we’ve developed a unique protocol to help identify and remove your limiting beliefs on a subconscious level, allowing you to work with, not against, evolutionary biology.

Play nicely with your Walnut. Your life depends on it.