General Questions

FAQ

Shift Psych is a structured, clinician-directed therapy experience, focused on quality of life improvement and goal attainment quickly and effectively. We use a unique program, steeped in established approaches that are arranged in the most efficient manner. We train our therapists in our approach, and additional therapeutic approaches, which are added on to customize the experience when it is advantageous. To top it off, we evaluate and measure each of our clinicians, to ensure fast pacing, optimal use of client time and resources, and appropriateness of interventions for the intended goal.

Shift doesn’t deliver client-led therapy. We wouldn’t want our accountant, acupuncturist or lawyer to let us “figure it out” so we don’t work like this either. We come armed with a very specific, directive program and focus on a heap load of transparency and information. It is not our goal to have chats about the problem of the moment. That’s too easy. Instead, we look at the underlying, causal factors so we deal with the problem of the moment AND insulate from future roadblocks in one go. Two birds, one stone.

We understand that special circumstances are unavoidable and a cancellation may be necessary. However, cancellations need to be done via email the email of your specific location with a minimum of 48 notice of the upcoming appointment to avoid being charged. Remember, any cancellation and/or rescheduling can be done 48 hours prior to your appointment.

Shift utilizes a nice little mix of established therapies, enhanced by some original concepts and a unique sequence. We start things out with some cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and add in bi-lateral stimulation, exposure therapy, attachment theory and our own pattern theory. Ingredients for a wonderful and thorough outcome. See how it works here.

We do not offer phone consultations with our psychologists, but if you have a question for us, we will always find time to chat. Our Concierge and Front of House Staff are very knowledgeable about our approach and therapy. We want you to be comfortable with your choice of psychologist and service.

Read here to find out which insurance companies that we direct bill with and with which types of psychologists.

Online appointments must be pre-paid at the time of booking via PayPal.

We take credit card, debit and gift certificates in payment.

We’re night hawks! Shift is open until 9 or 10 pm several nights each week.

EMDR is a therapeutic technique developed by Francine Shapiro.  It uses bilateral stimulation of the brain, via eye movements, auditory, tapping or vibration with an integrative therapy approach for the treatment of trauma and disturbance.

Shift doesn’t deliver client-led therapy. We wouldn’t want our accountant, acupuncturist or lawyer to let us “figure it out” so we don’t work like this either. We come armed with a very specific, directive program and focus on a heap load of transparency and information. It is not our goal to have chats about the problem of the moment. That’s too easy. Instead, we look at the underlying, causal factors so we deal with the problem of the moment AND insulate from future roadblocks in one go. Two birds, one stone.

Yup.  We work with ages 5 to older than the hills.

Many studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of Bilateral Stimulation on children with specific concerns. You can call Shift at YEG 780.705.(MIND)6463 or YYC 587.352.(MIND)6463 for more information or to see if Bilateral Stimulation based therapy is right for your child.

Your first session is different than any other you will have.  We ask you a ton of questions, which are very to-the-point and directed, so that you are never at a loss for what to say.  We start with “What brings you in today?” and go on to topics like medical history, sleep, family history and end with goal setting (which we help you with) and outlining a treatment plan.  It’s a packed 50 minutes of your history, wish list and present circumstances, but you are always in control and can pass on any question that makes you uncomfortable.  Plus, we always leave time for you to grill us a little on whatever you’d like.

Every client is different, depending on treatment needs and financial circumstance, but typically Shift psychologists see their clients once every week or two.

This is a hard question to answer.  It’s a little bit like asking a personal trainer how long it will take to lose 20 pounds.  It all depends on personal characteristics, how much work you have to do, how often we see you, how hard you work and what kind of a fit our program is for you.  That said, we like to think our results our fast and furious for most of our clients, and tend to attribute this to our structured, outcome-driven therapeutic model.  We don’t have undirected sessions with wandering discussions; there’s a goal for each and every session and we try darn hard to help you reach it.

At Shift, we aren’t into categorizing or getting too diagnosticky with people.  It’s just not our model.  So, here’s how we see it: if you go to a gym to work your body out, does it mean you are fat? Nope.  It just means that you are interested in your physical health.  Think of seeing us in the same way.  Personal trainers for you mind, who help you work it out so that your life gets and stays in fabulous shape.

Well, lots in the first three sessions, and then only as much as you want in the following ones.  Let me explain.  Shift psychologists start with the intake (us asking questions,) then do two mindfulness CBT activities which are pretty structured, and then we move into our reprocessing.  The reprocessing stage (the biggest part of therapy,) takes the longest and can be done with barely any talking (like, say if you are working on something you’re shy about,) or heaps of talking (if you’re someone who works things out, out-loud.)  Either way you like it, we can serve it up, with no pressure to jump out of your comfort zone at all.

At Shift, all of the psychologists are trained in the same approach and each has to demonstrate their ability to expertly execute this protocol on senior psychological staff before they can even start to use it with clients.  Our training is extensive which is why we are able to offer such a consistent level and type of service, within our great selection of psychologists.  So, go ahead and try out our recommendation; we’ll be surprised if you’re not a fan.

At Shift, we want you to be over the moon about your experience, so of course you can! In fact, if you tell us a little bit about your concern or fit issue, we will be happy not only to give you a different psychologist, but also a discounted transfer session.  Oh, and the other great thing about our approach is, that no session time is lost when you start over with another person.  It’s as seamless as can be, with you picking up right where you left off.

We regret to inform you that our Edmonton location on 124th Street is not wheelchair accessible. Our Calgary location in the Mount Royal Block on 17th Street and 7th Ave does have elevator access, as does or South Common location in Edmonton.

This may sound like a strange question but our owner is a BIG bird lover and often brings her African Grey Parrot and Senegal Parrot to the shop in Edmonton. There are some people who have come in with a bit of a “Bird Phobia” but they find out that birds(at least ours) are not so scary at all! No charge if that used to be your Phobia! 😉