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Practice Areas

At AVPS Inc., we provide an accepting and non-judgemental environment by 

displaying unconditional positive regard and empathy for every person under our care, from child to senior. 

We will help you feel more comfortable sharing the events and struggles you are facing. 

Our goal is to provide you with the tools and strategies you need to feel more in control, and prepared for life’s journey.

Together we will build a therapeutic relationship with you, that values equality, inclusivity,  and diversity.







First responders

Frontline healthcare workers


Indigenous community members

2SLGBTQIA+ community members

Who We Help

Help with

Managing Emotions

8 Week Therapy Group

Focused on helping people better manage and process anxiety, depression, anger, stress and cope with distressing life situations.

AVPS Inc. Managing Emotions Group is held Wednesday evening 6 - 8pm when applicable.

To Register, contact Deb:


How We Can Help You

Shelley West has over 16 years of experience using individual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She works with adults (age 18 and older) who are struggling with challenging psychological issues. These issues include, but are not limited to: traumas, depression, anxiety, stress, anger, and grief.  Issues may also relate to difficulties with relationships, sleep and chronic pain. She also has experience helping people struggling with suicidality, OCD, assertiveness, infidelity, and recovering from motor vehicle accidents.

Vanessa Wotherspoon has worked for several regional education centres. She has conducted assessments on behalf of a number of post-secondary and community organizations. The results of an assessment can help to clarify a person’s learning strengths and challenges. A comprehensive assessment also helps students, parents, and teachers better understand a person’s abilities. With this information, they can target support and programming.


Vanessa brings a deep understanding of how learning challenges present in school. She is able to make specific recommendations to help parents advocate for their children’s learning needs. She also believes in helping people discover their own strengths and needs and become their own advocate. Alongside the formal reports, Vanessa writes a youth-friendly report. This second report helps students better understand their own strengths and areas to address. Vanessa can also provide treatment for ages 5 and older within her areas of competency, including behaviourial issues, anxiety, and emotional regulation.


Are you a Survivor of Abuse?

Shelley West has two decades of expertise in working with clients who have experienced domestic abuse. She can help them empower themselves to overcome its devastating effects. She can also help them to make changes so they can avoid entering into similar relationships in the future.

Areas of Treatments and Assessments

Our team of practitioners can conduct comprehensive assessments to diagnose conditions, and provide treatments to support you.

Treatment of Ages 13 and Older:

  • Abuse:

    • Emotional

    • Physical

    • Sexual

  • ADHD

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety

  • Assertiveness Training

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Depression/Loneliness

  • Domestic Abuse

  • Emotional Dysregulation

  • Family of Origin Issues

  • Grief/Loss/Bereavement

  • Habit Change

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Low Self-Esteem

  • Marital and Family Issues

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Pain Management

  • Panic/Phobias/Fears

  • Personal Growth/Wellness

  • Personality Disorders

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

  • Relationship Issues

  • Sleep Difficulties

  • Stress Management

  • Thoughts of Suicide

  • Workplace Issues:

    • Burnout

    • Stress

    • Retirement

Assessment of Ages 5 and Older:

  • ADHD

  • Anger

  • Anxiety

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Chronic Pain

  • Depression

  • Executive Functioning

  • Hopelessness

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Personality Disorders

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Psychoeducational

  • Suicidality

Contact us for a free 15-minute phone consultation or to book an appointment.

Our caring, empathetic practitioners are waiting to assist you.

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