“The meaning of the Street in all ways and at all times is the need for sharing life with others and the search for community.”
Meet your psychotherapist
Maria Bernadette Street, MPsy. (Clin.), RP (CRPO)
MARIA BERNADETTE STREET PSYCHOTHERAPY
Bernadette or Beejay Street is experienced in working with children, youth and adults with a wide range of concerns, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning disabilities/ Specific Learning Disorders, trauma-related, Anxiety, Depression, personality disorders and behavioural concerns. She can be your partner in developing a better understanding of, or appreciation for your own skills and abilities, to accept yourself, and to help yourself rise up from challenges. This therapeutic partnership is carried out in an empathic, client-centred, and collaborative manner. Bernadette uses various therapeutic modalities in order to fit each client’s needs, preference, situation or difficulty.
Bernadette maintains a psychotherapy office in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. She is also a member of a psychology team, Eastwood Psychologists, in Brampton, Ontario where she is supervised by the psychologists, Dr. Adrienne and John Eastwood. She is a graduate of Master of Clinical Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Studies. She is a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario which enables her to conduct the controlled act of psychotherapy. Bernadette is also currently under the direct supervision of various psychologists in Brampton for her registration as a Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
In addition to her psychotherapy work, Bernadette has provided senior therapy for over 6 years for Intensive Behavioural Interventions (IBI) for students with Autism for Toronto, Halton, and Peel regions. Some of this work gave her a valuable experience of collaborating with a multi-professional clinical team from CAMH to help plan and facilitate daily living skills programs for a few adult clients with Schizophrenia and neurodevelopmental disorders. Further, she has been involved in maintaining the "Teach ADHD" research website from the Hospital for Sick Children and About Kids Health and has worked part-time as a psycho-educational consultant at a school board.
Bernadette speaks English and Filipino. She likes learning and travelling. When travelling, she likes to immerse herself in the culture and explore the road less travelled, enjoying the simplicity of nature. Bernadette enjoys various genres of music and appreciates many forms of art.
You can also check Bernadette's Psychology Today listing:
Controlled Act of Psychotherapy
Under the Regulated Health Professions Act, the controlled act of psychotherapy is provided with the use of psychotherapeutic techniques and delivered through a therapeutic relationship.
Psychotherapy is used to treat an individual's serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory. Individuals in treatment may have impairments that seriously affect their judgment, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning.
Mental Health Counselling
First Nations and Aboriginals
Bernadette is registered as a mental health provider for Non-Insured Health Benefits for First Nations and Inuit Program (NIHB) called the Mental Health Counselling (MHC) through Health Canada.
Upon approval, MHC is provided in order to address crisis situations when no other mental health services are available or provided in the area. This service is provided to ensure that immediate care can be made available in order to stabilize conditions where individuals are experiencing significant distress, minimize potential trauma, and when appropriate, transition individuals to community and other mental health supports.
Please contact NIHB to see if you qualify for this program.
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Family therapy, which is also called couple and family therapy, marriage and family therapy, family systems therapy, and family counselling, is a branch of psychotherapy where the focus of the work is on families, couples and intimate relationships.
The goal of a family therapy is to increase healthy interpersonal and social relationships. It is primarily done to nurture change and foster understanding between relationships.
Includes the following types of therapy:
- LGBTQ2 couples therapy
- Parent-Child attachment therapy/ Developmental therapy
- Satir Model
- Emotion-focused therapy
- Family Systems model
Counselling is more wellness oriented, where increased insight and learning on how to effectively overcome problems and challenges are discussed together with the client. Practical skills are typically practiced in the sessions. Community resources may also be discussed and recommended for the client. Life coaching is also a part of this service.
Clients can obtain psychotherapy and counselling without a diagnosis. Entering psychotherapy is not the same as obtaining a diagnosis and is not a substitute for a diagnosis. Mental health diagnosis can only be provided by a medical doctor or a registered psychologist/ psychological associate.
Bernadette Street can provide access to psychiatric services through her membership with Psychotherapy Matters Virtual Clinic and in collaboration with the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN). This service requires that the client is present in the therapy room with the psychotherapist during the virtual psychiatrist consultation.
This service is provided to clients who have already initiated a psychotherapy treatment with Bernadette and may benefit from a collaborative consultation between the circle of care providers (family physician, psychotherapist and psychiatrist).
A psychiatric consultation may be recommended by your family physician or psychotherapist if assistance with diagnosis is required/ needed in your treatment.