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Treatment Types & Modalities

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that helps individuals identify and manage the negative, irrational, and intrusive thoughts and their influence on feelings, moods, and behaviours. CBT is a proven and effective method used to change long standing mood and anxiety issues, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and OCD. By designing tailored interventions to interrupt automatic thoughts, formulate more balanced beliefs and interpretations, and cultivate healthy behaviours, CBT can help empower people to make lasting changes in their lives.

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of therapy intended to help people who have had traumatic experiences in their lifetime. During EMDR, a therapist will take you through guided eye movements and other forms of bilateral stimulation (e.g., tapping or tones) while you recall the traumatic event or negative thoughts you are seeking support for. Recalling the events or emotions this way can help reduce the distress associated with them. It is used for a variety of mental health concerns, including PTSD, other traumas, anxiety, and depression. The goals of EMDR include reducing the intensity of symptoms, improving emotional regulation, and increasing self-esteem.

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a powerful, evidence-based approach for both individual and couples counselling. The focus is on helping individuals recognize and process their emotions. By tapping into previously unrecognised feelings and needs, EFT offers an incredibly validating and transformative experience to both individuals and couples. Clients develop the capacity to feel feelings and express them in a more genuine and less defensive way with the people in their lives. EFT is beneficial for those who have difficulty feeling their feelings, for deeply feeling people who have trouble containing and modulating their emotions, and for couples who are experiencing negative cycles such as nagging, withdrawing, and disconnection. Through this therapy, clients can learn to express and manage their emotions in a healthy way, resulting in improved mental health and overall wellbeing.

Humanistic Therapy

Humanistic therapy is an umbrella term for a range of different types of therapy that focus on a person’s unique potential and strengths. Instead of concentrating on what is wrong with a person in therapy, this type of therapy works from the understanding that you are inherently lovable and worthy. In therapy, we identify and work through internal blocks to self-acceptance and personal growth, helping you replace self doubt with self confidence, and create a more meaningful and fulfilling life for yourself.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy

IFS is a form of psychotherapy that sees the human psyche as having multiple parts, and underlying them is a person’s core or true self, which is inherently clear, connected, and confident. Each part has evolved to protect us from potential emotional pain and suffering, but in doing so can lead us to overcompensate, avoid, and even disconnect from ourselves and others. A key assumption of IFS is that every part has a positive intent, even if its actions are counterproductive and/or cause dysfunction. In IFS therapy, we aim to make our various parts more explicit and understood, and help bring the core self into a position of leadership in our lives, so that we are not operating in a constantly self-protective mode. IFS is a helpful model for any issue, but is particularly known to be effective in treating those who have had adverse childhood experiences, relational/attachment trauma, and significant ruptures in trust.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on unconscious reactions, interpretations, and choices formed out of early life experiences, and how they continue to show up in our present behaviour and relationships. Our problems with key players in our current lives are examined through the lens of what old relational dynamics they activate, helping us see why we get so triggered by closeness, distance, and conflict. We also become aware of how we block our own true feelings and needs in order to avoid having unwanted feelings or taking emotional and relational risks. From this more self-aware place, our unconscious self-protective strategies become more obvious, giving us the option to release these old strategies in favour of being more authentic and genuine in our current lives.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) focuses on helping people to behave more consistently with their own values, and to apply mindfulness and acceptance skills to life experiences that may be beyond your immediate control. In this way, ACT helps people suffering from anxiety and depression to better tolerate discomfort, to respond more effectively to intrusive and unwelcome thoughts, and to take committed action that will bring you in closer alignment with your values.

Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy is a style of therapy that helps people become an expert in their own lives. In narrative therapy, there is an emphasis on the stories that we develop and carry with us through our lives. Narrative therapy helps us examine these stories more closely, and revise our assumptions and beliefs about ourselves and others that are keeping us stuck. Narrative therapy empowers us by helping us relate to problematic behaviours and maladaptive thought patterns as something external to ourselves, rather than seeing ourselves as inherently flawed and inferior. This approach can also be useful for anyone who feels like they are overwhelmed by negative experiences, thoughts, or emotions.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that has been scientifically proven to help individuals struggling with a variety of mental health issues. It works by teaching people mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. DBT is most often used to treat Borderline Personality Disorder, as well as anxiety disorders, depression, and eating disorders. With the help of a qualified therapist, clients can learn to become more skillful in managing their emotions and developing healthier relationships. DBT can be an incredibly powerful tool for those who are looking to gain control over their mental health and live a more fulfilling life.

Feminist & Anti-Oppressive Lens

Our therapeutic work is infused with the idea that it is unproductive to solely focus on treating individuals without acknowledging the societal injustices and equalities that deeply contribute to psychological distress. We recognise that the inherent obstacles of patriarchal institutions and systemic discrimination place women, along with other groups of people marginalised by race, disability, and sexual orientation/gender identity, at a higher risk for mental health issues. Feminist and anti-oppression therapy validates the psychological struggles that are incurred as a result of encountering repeated devaluation and obstacles to freedom, while helping empower our clients to respond to these systems from a place of greater self-worth and agency.

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