Clinic Services

YUPC is in the forefront of effective service delivery because of its affiliation with the clinical and clinical development graduate psychology programs at York University. Utilizing the latest knowledge on effective assessment and treatment interventions enables the provision of state-of-the-art services. In addition, when clients include a graduate trainee in their services, they benefit from the enrichment of a team-based approach with intensive supervisory input.

Assessment

The YUPC offers comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological assessments for children, adolescents and adults.

Assessments may include:

  • psychological testing
  • neuropsychological testing
  • testing for learning disabilities
  • testing for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • testing for autism

Comprehensive assessments involve interviews, computer tasks, and questionnaires about the client’s emotional and psychological functioning. Family members, teachers or other people may also be asked to complete questionnaires on the client. Depending on the issue being assessed, tests may be administered to examine emotional functioning, memory, attention, verbal skills, developmental skills, academic skills, etc. Based on the findings, a diagnosis and treatment recommendations are provided. Recommendations may also be provided regarding work, school, or other functioning. Assessment findings and recommendations are presented at scheduled feedback sessions and clients are provided with a detailed report summarizing the findings.

Therapy

Individual Psychotherapy

Individual therapy is available for children, adolescents and adults. We offer the following therapy services:

  • individual therapy
  • group therapy
  • couple therapy
  • family therapy
  • parent consultation or coaching

The YUPC treats individuals, couples and families with a wide variety of problems and difficulties. Clientele reflect the diversity of York University and the greater Toronto area, ranging considerably in race, gender, sexuality, culture, and ability. Clients may be referred to the YUPC for outpatient psychotherapy relating to a variety of issues including:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • substance use
  • self-harm
  • interpersonal/relationship problems
  • academic difficulties
  • parenting concerns
  • work difficulties
  • family conflict
  • grief
  • personal growth and identity development
  • gender identity or sexuality concerns
  • issues of racism, oppression and marginalization

YUPC provides individual therapy using empirically supported treatment principles. This means that the therapies have been shown to be effective through research. Therapists take an integrative approach to therapy, meaning that treatment is tailored to meet the individual needs and preferences of the client and that clients are active participants in therapy. Specific treatments offered include:

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

We also offer specialized treatment for certain issues including:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder, suicidality, emotion dysregulation
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • ADHD
  • OCD

Couple therapy

Couple therapy is available using CBT, Gottman, and EFT-oriented approaches. Couple therapy is appropriate for couples at any stage of their relationship who are looking for support for a range of issues:

  • trust
  • communication
  • anger/aggression
  • relationship transitions (e.g., marriage, children, separation/divorce)
  • infidelity/affairs
  • sexual intimacy

Group Psychotherapy

Single-session and multi-session group therapy programs are offered throughout the year.  Groups focus on various topics depending on interest including depression and mood, stress management, social support, OCD, and eating disorders.