an eclectic approach
One size certainly does not fit all.
Theoretical approaches found to be both effective and reliable in research and clinical experience are flexibly integrated to suit your needs. Your therapeutic experience will feel custom to you.
You can expect techniques and strategies from these approaches:
Narrative Therapy utilizes the power of language, perspective, and discourse while underscoring the influence of the dominant story line in one’s life on one’s thoughts and behaviours. In our process, this means the stories you tell about your life are your biggest resource for change. By exploring the currently (alternative) less-dominant stories, your view on your present “problems” can start to shift and possibilities for change become more apparent—along with your ability to make these changes.
somatic experience & mindfulness based approaches
Somatic Experiencing Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Approaches promote awareness and connection with the realm of critical information made available to us through our bodily and physiological sensations, as these are understood to be inextricably linked with our emotional and psychological worlds. In cases involving symptoms of physical pain and discomfort (i.e. PTSD, Sexual Assault Related Traumas, Addictions, etc.), this link between our mental and physical states is most apparent. In our work, I help you overcome mental and physical distress related to difficult events, feelings and emotions by enhancing your awareness, understanding, and ability to process the physiological responses you experience.
emotion focused therapy
Emotion Focused Therapy seeks to connect the individual with his or her deepest, most honest feelings in order to better understand the motivations behind behaviours for oneself, and additionally, to more effectively express them in relationships with others. In our counselling sessions, you learn to more effectively tune into and observe your varied emotional experiences, which in turn improves your ability to self-regulate emotional responses in order to deepen your relationship with yourself and others.
solution focused (brief)
Solution Focused (Brief) Therapy keeps focus on concrete goals and short-term oriented methods to achieve solutions. We work collaboratively to: identify concise realistic goals, look at previously successful solutions, explore recent examples of exceptions to problems, build on currently effective coping skills, and work towards a defined end.
dialectical behaviour therapy
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a form of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy which is strengths-based, cognition-focused and emphasizes improvements to psychosocial aspects of an individual’s life. We seek to strengthen skills intended to improve your interpersonal effectiveness with others. This may include assertiveness training, mindfulness training, developing greater distress tolerance and more.