Our Therapeutic Approaches
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Considered the gold standard in mental health therapy, CBT is an evidence based therapy with a long and positive history for its high degree of effectiveness in treating a broad range of mental health concerns; Although you do not need to have a mental health condition to benefit from CBT. With principles that are richly grounded in research, CBT guides you through a structured process in reframing the thoughts that underly emotional distress in favour of those that will help you achieve the results you want in all areas of life. This form of therapy has a proven record of achieving long term results through consistent practice. Working in partnership with your therapist, CBT will teach you how to become your own therapist — through the development of self awareness and a commitment to truth seeking. The coping skills you develop will help you gain greater control of your emotions, improve your self beliefs and relationships, and allow you to achieve your goals in tangible ways.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
This evidence based form of therapy was adapted from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). However, DBT has also proven effective in treating a large host of other mental health concerns — including Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, eating disorders, non-suicidal self harm as well as suicidal behaviours, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), etc. Through DBT you will learn how to effectively cope with stress, regulate your emotions, and improve both your communication and relationships with others. While DBT is often offered through a blend of individual and group sessions, at this time our practice is focusing on individual session offerings as this has been the preferred method for our clients and also allows us to meet the changing requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic.
An extremely effective form of behaviour therapy used with individuals living with anxiety, phobias, and obsessive- compulsive disorder. In this therapy, clinicians expose their clients to the feared situation or objects gradually and over prolonged exposure, clients learn to be less sensitive to the feared situation or object. This type of therapy aims to reduce clients’ anxiety responses by encouraging clients to confront and over time overcome their fear. Exposure therapy is advised to be short term, typically 8-12 sessions however, those with severe conditions may require more time.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
This highly effective evidence based form of therapy is well suited to almost any mental health concern and is especially effective for treating trauma. One of its key features that sets it apart is that it works fast with long lasting results. In as little as 1-5 sessions you may experience significant or total relief from symptoms you may have dealt with for years. Unlike traditional therapy, with ART you do not have to share the details of your issue or traumatic experience with your therapist. Using therapeutic rapid eye movements, you will be guided to visualize and process the event — altering the way the associated negative images are stored in the brain by voluntarily replacing them with those that elicit more calming and positive emotions. You will not lose the facts of the memory, but will lose the associated negative emotions. While connecting with the subconscious mind, ART allows you as the client to have full control of the therapy.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Partially derived from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, this evidence based therapy works by helping you identify your core values — using them to guide the change process. With the support of your therapist, you’ll learn how to live with intention in order to build a life that is meaningful, surrounded by relationships (with self and others) that are more authentic in quality. ACT uses the powerful stress relieving principles of mindfulness to teach you how to take actions that are purposeful to fully engage in each present moment. This includes learning to accept rather than avoid emotional pain. You will develop a healthier relationship with your emotions by exploring them with curiosity and a detachment from personal identity, rather than harshly judging them and allowing them to shape your sense of identity. This process enables you to live a life in which you are no longer controlled by external circumstances and can effectively commit to change no matter what life throws your way. ACT has proven effective in treating a large variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), etc., but you do not need to have a diagnosable mental health condition to benefit from it.
Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBIs)
There are a number of therapies that utilize the key principles of mindfulness to treat stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. Your therapist will guide you in incorporating mindfulness practice within your unique situation to cultivate a greater sense of self awareness and engagement with life. For many, auto-pilot is our default mode of moving through life. In this mode, we are reactive to stressors that emerge in the present, anxiously anticipating those that may come, while ruminating and harshly criticizing ourselves, others, past decisions and experiences. Mindfulness allows us to engage with each present moment with intention and curiosity. You will learn how to become more aware of subtle shifts to your thoughts and emotions, how to experience each thought/ emotion without judgment, how to engage with yourself, your environment, and those around you more meaningfully, and how to be responsive rather than reactive to emerging demands.
Gottman Method for Couples
Developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman through nearly 40 years of research, this approach to couples therapy aims to teach couples healthy and effective ways of communicating, while increasing mutual respect, understanding and empathy, emotional intimacy, and affection. This highly effective approach is well suited to couples at all stages of their relationship -- helping them overcome frequent conflict, infidelity, and other destructive patterns. It may also be used to educate and strengthen couples who are in the early stages of their relationship and are committed to its long term success.