Integrated Therapies and Performance has expanded its services by moving into a larger office space in downtown Lloydminster.
Registered psychologist and co-owner of Hunt Psychology Services Christy Hunt says there are 12-15 different therapists now available in the new space which has several office areas and mini-movie theatre seating some 50-people.
The list includes clinical, educational and sports psychologists, clinical counselling, a couple speech and language pathologists, nursing and ABM neuromovement, occupational therapy, social work, pediatric physiotherapy and multidisciplinary diagnostic assessment.
Integrated Therapies opened in September and Hunt explains they have several partnerships involving education, the health region and others.
“We do a lot of pediatric work. So usually that takes a wrap-around team. Usually there’s pediatrics, psychiatry, family doctor, and of course public health disciplines – whether its various agencies like autism services or pediatric therapies through Saskatchewan Health Authority or education – all the different school counsellors, teachers and assessors involved there.”
Hunt has been registered and working in the area since 2009 as a sole practitioner. She says her aim has always been to build a larger space that was safe for clients and where therapists can work collaboratively in the mental health sector.
“Humans are so diverse and complex. And to just think that one person can just look through their one little lens and fully understand – it just does not do justice to how complex humans are, in my mind. So I think the importance of having all these different disciplines together – it was also the goal to have a safe space where people feel comfortable.”
The building has room for expansion and even the resource of the movie room both for training as well a hockey team coming to see the Oilers game are just some of the options that are opening up, notes Hunt. As mental health professionals target the stigma associated with seeking treatment, Hunt sees the benefit in having several mental health resources under one roof and the possibilities this represents going forward.
“I think – there is no need for stigma – we all have – like part of the human condition is just you have a time in your life when things are going well and you have times in your life when things aren’t. And it’s so important to have those resources available for people.”
Integrated Therapies and Performance is located downtown Lloydminster at 5009 – 50 Street.