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Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being.

As a brief therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapeutic approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavioral patterns, negative perceptions and trauma that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

If you’re looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

Providing forensic and individual assessment and treatment

I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing therapy for depression, grief counseling, addiction, trauma and burn out, phase of life issues, to mention a few of the psychological issues I deal with. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my client’s individual needs to help attain the personal growth and changes they’re striving for.

Dr. Joan Neehall

I provide psychological services in an ethical, timely and compassionate manner. Forensic assessment, individual assessment and specialized services for affective disorders, behavioural disorders and cognitive disorders.

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Forensic Assessment

A forensic assessment is conducted either at the request of an attorney or by a court order. Either way, the purpose of a forensic assessment is to determine the facts under question in a legal matter such as a lawsuit or a criminal case.

The psychologist may be asked to assess whether or not the client was legally insane when he committed a criminal act, or whether she is mentally competent to stand trial. Depending on the specific question, the psychologist will conduct a clinical interview, collateral interviews with witnesses, family, friends, attorneys, police officers, etc. The psychologist will review records such as medical, psychological, criminal, school, etc. as well as administer psychological tests, and form an opinion to answer the legal question.

Therapy for Depression and Anxiety

Most people feel anxious or depressed different time of their life. Losing someone you love, losing a job, getting a divorce and other situations can make a person feel sad, scared, lonely, nervous, or anxious. These are normal feelings as a reaction to the stressors of life.

If a person is having these feelings daily for no apparent reason, and it is interfering with normal daily functioning, it may be anxiety, depression, or both.

Depression and anxiety disorders are different, but similar in the symptoms of nervousness, sleep disruptions, difficulty concentrating and irritability. Each disorder has it’s own cause and its own emotional and behavioural symptoms.

Grief Counseling

Grief is usually associated with feelings of sadness, guilt, anger, regret and yearning, among others. Some people may feel a sense of meaninglessness, while others may feel a sense of relief. Emotions can surprise us in their strength or mildness, and can be confusing.

Everyone grieves in their own way, and there is no one way better than the other. Recovering from grief can happen in six months, with moment of sadness, while others may feel better after a year. Some people will grieve for years, complicated by other conditions, such as depression.

Work and Career issues

Counselling and Psychotherapy can help career transitions and issues. During this process you can set goals, explore motivations, and face challenges. Therapy can help you develop your potential to make positive changes in your life – so that you realise and achieve your intention. You can be motivated to develop tools and resources to change your current environments, change negative thought patterns and negative self-talk, and promote healthier patterns of living.

Stress Management

Many things can trigger the stress reaction, including danger, financial difficulties, illness, as well as significant changes in one’s life such as the death of a loved one. While stress is common, and sometimes unavoidable, it puts us at risk for problems with depression and anxiety, marital discord, depression and anxiety, as well as substance abuse.

Addiction & Recovery

Addiction is a chronic and misunderstood illness. Addiction is a brain disease that affects a person’s control over their behavior as well as the brain circuits involved in motivation, reward, memory and learning. Specifically, drug or alcohol substance abuse can lead to significant changes in the structure and function of the brain, making recovery a complex process. Once underlying issues are addressed, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, among others, then an individual will regain the ability to make sound decisions and employ self-control over the intense impulses to continue to abuse drugs, drink alcohol or resume their addictive behaviors.

Conflict Resolution

Conflict resolution is the lessening of conflict and tension between people or teams, generally via the utilization of active methods, like negotiating or reasoning. Commonly referred to as constructive conflict resolution and destructive conflict resolution.

Pain Management

Helping patients with pain to understand the relationship between one’s physiology (e.g., pain and muscle tension), thoughts, emotions, and behaviors is a main goal in treatment. Encouraging helpful thought patterns, targeting a behavioral activation of healthy activities such as regular exercise and pacing. Lifestyle changes are also trained to improve sleep patterns and to develop better coping skills for pain and other stressors using various techniques relaxation, meditation, and diaphragmatic breathing.

Assertiveness Training

Assertiveness is about finding a middle way between aggression and passivity that best respects the personal boundaries of all relationship partners. Assertive individuals aim to be neither passive nor aggressive in their interactions with other people, and allows an individual to act in their own best interests, to stand up for themselves without undue anxiety, to express honest feelings comfortably and to express personal rights without denying the rights of others

Phase of Life Issues

As people approach the end of life, changes occur and challenges may arise. Growing older means facing head-on many psychological, emotional, and social issues that come with entering the last phase of life.


Burnout is a psychological term that refers to long-term exhaustion and diminished interest in work. Burnout has been assumed to result from chronic occupational stress (e.g., work overload). However, there is growing evidence that dispositional factors play an important role.


Depression is a medical illness that affects both the mind and body; it affects how you feel, think and behave.

It is a chronic illness that typically requires long-term treatment. If feelings of extreme sadness, despair last for two weeks or more and begin to interfere with your normal everyday activities, you may be suffering from a deppressive disorder.


Addiction is a chronic and misunderstood illness. Addiction is a brain disease that affects a person’s control over their behavior as well as the brain circuits involved in motivation, reward, memory and learning. Specifically, drug or alcohol substance abuse can lead to significant changes in the structure and function of the brain, making recovery a complex process. Once underlying issues are addressed, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, among others, then an individual will regain the ability to make sound decisions and employ self-control over the intense impulses to continue to abuse drugs, drink alcohol or resume their addictive behaviors.

Anger Management

Feeling angry is normal, natural, and sometimes necessary. It’s an adaptive emothional response to feeling hurt, experiencing injustice, fear or frustration, and is often accompanied by a rush of adrenaline, increased blood pressure, increased heart-rate and fast breathing. This physical response can lead to aggressive behavior, which allows us to defend ourselves if attacked. If anger is not managed properly, it can become destructive at work, hurt relationships, and affect our overall well-being.


Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop following traumatic event such as, the unexpected death of a loved one, rape, assault, a natural disaster and war. The normal psychological response to such trauma is ‘shock’ or acute stress.

With post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) you remain in a state of mental shock and symptoms begin to worsen, including experiencing nightmares, feeling ‘numb’, and having continuous thoughts about the traumatic event. PTSD doesn’t always develop immediately following the trauma, sometimes it can develop several days or sometimes years later.


In psychology, the self-esteem is used to describe a person’s overall sense of self-worth or personal value. Self-esteem is often seen as a personality trait, which means that it tends to be stable and enduring. Self-esteem can involve a variety of beliefs about the self, such as the appraisal of one’s appearance, emotions, beliefs, and behaviors.

Self-esteem levels at the extreme high and low ends of the spectrum can be damaging, so the ideal is to find a balance somewhere in the middle.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders refer to eating patterns that are somehow destructive in nature, and there are many different forms including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, and EDNOS. They are all very serious conditions. Syptoms vary significantly between individuals; negative and distorted self images are common as are preoccupations with food, social withdrawal, low self esteem, depression, and anxiety.

Rates, Insurance,
Helpful Forms & Information

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$200 – $250 per 50-minute session

Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Cash, cheque, Visa and MasterCards are accepted for payment.
Cancellation Policy
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.
Client Intake Form & More

If you’re a new client, please complete the following forms and bring them to your first therapy session.

Client Psychotherapy Intake Form

Limits of Confidentiality/Therapy Cancellation Policy

If you would like me to coordinate care with another provider (for example, your psychiatrist, primary care physician, etc.), complete this form to authorize release of psychotherapy information:

Authorization to Disclose Information Form

Confidentiality & Privacy Policy

New Client Information Consent

The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

Exceptions include: Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately. If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.

If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.

Links of Interest

The following links are listed to provide you with additional online mental health care information and counseling resources.

Addiction and Recovery
Alcoholics Anonymous
Center for On-Line Addiction
SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse/Addiction
SAMHSA’s Treatment and Recovery
Web of Addictions
The Real Facts About Drugs
The Guide to Rebuilding Bridges With Your Loved Ones After Battling Addiction

Anxiety Disorders
Answers to Your Questions About Panic Disorder
National Center for PTSD
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Mayo Clinic
International OCD Foundation
Calm Clinic

Associations & Institutes
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Counseling Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
Association for Psychological Science
Canadian Mental Health Association
Center for Mental Health Services
National Institute of Mental Health
Mental Health America
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADDA – Attention Deficit Disorder Association
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, NIMH
Born to Explore: The Other Side of ADD/ADHD

Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
Childhelp USA®
SAMHSA’s Children and Families
SAMHSA’s Protection and Advocacy
Questions and Answers about Memories of Childhood Abuse
The National Domestic Violence Hotline Website

Chronic Fatigue
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Bipolar Disorder News –
Depression and How Therapy Can Help
Depression Screening
Anger, Depression, and Disability: Adapting to a New Reality

Developmental Disorders
Asperger’s Disorder
Yale Autism Program

DSM-IV-TR: Diagnoses and Criteria

Dissociation and Traumatic Stress
Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute

Eating Disorders
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Journals & Magazines
ADHD Report
Anxiety, Stress and Coping
Contemporary Hypnosis
Depression and Anxiety
Drug and Alcohol Review
Early Child Development and Care
Eating Disorders
Educational Assessment
Journal of Gambling Studies
Journal of Happiness Studies
Journal of Mental Health and Aging
Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Loss, Grief & Care
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
Metaphor and Symbol
Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
Personal Relationships
Personality and Individual Differences
Psychiatric Bulletin
Psychology of Men & Masculinity
Psychology Today
Studies in Gender and Sexuality
Substance Abuse
Trauma, Violence & Abuse

Medications and Health Supplements
Drug Interactions,
Drug Interactions, DIRECT
Medical Dictionary
Medications, FDA
Medication, Internet Mental Health
Medications, PDR
Medline, Comparison

Mental Health Care General Links
Internet Mental Health
Let’s Talk Facts, APA
Mental Health Counselor Resources,
Mental Help Net
University of Michigan Health Library

Personality Disorders
Mental Help Net – Personality Disorders
Personality Disorders – Focus Adolescent Counselor Services

Suicide Awareness and Hotlines
SAMHSA’s Suicide Prevention
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
Suicide: Read This First
How to Cope with Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings – In Yourself & Others
Earlier Than Too Late: Stopping Stress and Suicide Among Emergency Personnel
Teens and Peer Suicide: Dangerous Potential After-Effects
After a Suicide Attempt: A Guide for Family & Friends
Left Behind After Suicide

Additional Mental Health Care & Counseling Resources
Interpretation of Dreams
Keirsey (Myers-Briggs) Temperament Sorter
Signs of Menopause, Symptoms of Menopause

Note: Not responsible for the content, claims or representations of the listed sites.

I began to see Dr. Neehall in my mid 30‘s…vulnerable and lacking in self confidence. Today I am in my 60‘s and very happily married for 23 years to a wonderful man due in large part to the non-judgemental, understanding and supportive therapy provided by Dr. Neehall…a talented therapist as well as a genuinely caring and kind individual.

I am a happily married, 40 year old working mother of 3. I began seeing the brilliant Dr. Neehall in my mid 20’s when I was deep into an eating disorder, depressed and severely anxious. Prior to my first session with Dr. Neehall I had attempted therapy with other therapists resulting in me feeling even more anxious and lacking direction. Within 60 clinical minutes dr. Neehall delivered the hard truths and set me straight. She completely curtailed my current trajectory and set me up for a life of happiness. To this day, I consider Dr. Neehall as one of those people you just know you wouldn’t be the same without.

I have had the honor to be a client of Dr Joan Neehall for several years in my intentional quest to live lighter and happier.  I have always been a resilient survivor, yet never realizing my full potential.  Dr Neehall takes a stellar approach to shine an authentic light on roadblocks that resulted in an avalanche of ‘aha’ and life changing moments.  She is a warm, perceptive and meticulously committed professional that evokes highly relevant conversation and perspective.  My life, my level of self-contentment has been immeasurably enriched by my choice to work together with Dr. Joan Neehall.  Much gratitude.
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