HOW WE TREAT
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) explores the relationship between our thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviours. CBT allows people to challenge and then replace negative thinking patterns with positive behaviours and mindfulness exercises. CBT does this best by first identifying thinking traps and other cognitive maladaptations and then changes them through detective thinking and introducing replacement thoughts.
Exposure Response Prevention
Exposure Response Treatment (ERP) includes treatment for anxieties, phobias and traumas. ERP focuses on exposing the person to things they find fearful of in small incremental steps until that fear is extinguished, ie: Public Speaking, Animals, Being in a vehicle after a car accident, Small spaces etc.
Complex Trauma Therapy
Trauma informed practice recognizes there is a primary link between poor mental health and trauma. Therapists who work from a trauma informed lens emphasize the importance of doing the work cautiously so that clients are not re-traumatized during their healing process. This may include engaging the conscious and unconscious portions of the body/mind connection.
Psychodynamic therapy focuses on how early childhood and your relationships with others can impact your future development. The goal of this type of therapy is to bring your unconscious mind into your conscious awareness. Psychodynamic therapy can help you bring more awareness into your day to day life by examining your thoughts and feelings and by becoming more resilient and more adaptable.
Mindfulness is a skill that practices noticing thoughts without judgement and being aware of the present moment. Mindfulness lowers stress levels in the body, helps regulate the nervous system and brings into balance the mind/body connection. Some examples of mindfulness techniques include: Breathing, Meditation, Yoga, Visualization, Somatic techniques (noticing your senses) and Tension Release exercises.
Expressive Art Therapy
Expressive Art Therapy is a form of therapy that encourages healing and thriving through non-traditional therapeutic techniques. Expressive Art Therapy makes use of paint, pastels, pencil crayons, playdough and sandtrays to explore one’s emotional and cognitive process. Clients can draw, paint, sculpt and play in addition to talking when engaging in Expressive Art Therapy.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy empowers clients to use their own skills to solve their own life problems. Solution Focused therapy is generally best used in a short term and goal oriented approach. Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Timely (SMART) goals are part of Solution Focused Therapy and can be used effectively to set, review and achieve goals within a designated amount of time.
Strength-based work believes all individuals come with their own unique strengths and assets. By building supportive networks, relationships and complimentary skills, a strength based solution will focus on what is going well over any deficits. A strength based perspective will focus on building self-esteem, self-confidence and advocating for your own needs.