Therapy Approaches

When it comes to therapy, there is no one size fits all. Let’s work together to customize and tailor an approach that is just for you and your unique needs!

CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is an evidence-based psychological treatment that has been shown to be effective to deal with a wide range of psychological issues, including depression, anxiety, addictions, and many others. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidenced based approach, backed by research that works by identifying and challenging persistent negative thinking patterns.  By altering negative thought patterns, you are likely to see changes in behaviors that also do not work.

This form of therapy offers effective tools for coping with anxiety, depression, trauma and other emotional concerns. With practice, these skills can play a major role in helping you take control of your emotions. 

CBT can help you to gain a better understanding of how your mind works and how your perception and reality can be clouded by unhelpful thinking patterns.  With a customized and uniquely tailored approach, you can shift your mindset and live the life of abundance you truly deserve.  Let’s get on the path towards your evolution into your best self by exploring some CBT techniques today.

Trauma Focused CBT

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment of trauma among children and adolescents and their parents or caregivers. TF-CBT help addresses behavioral challenges associated with various forms of trauma exposure such as single, multiple and complex trauma. This form of therapy has been shown to effectively address the cognitive and behavioural impacts of an early traumatic experience, such as mood disorders or substance abuse.  Through use of this method, you can work towards healing, growth and evolve to a better version of yourself. 

Play Therapy

Play therapy is mostly used with children as play offers an avenue for emotional expressions and thoughts that the child either could otherwise not articulate or is not ready to speak about. This form of therapy bridges the communication gap that exists between children and adults. Most of the time, young children simply don’t have the language skills to express what they feel and if they do, they may not be comfortable doing so.

During sessions, a skilled therapist can gain insight into the child’s emotions and help uncover underlying issues and concerns. 

Play therapy can foster the development of social skills and problem solving skills. A supportive relationship with a therapist in a child-friendly environment can also alleviate anxiety and can offer a space where emotions can be fully expressed.

EMDR

EMDR is a treatment that has been shown to help people to heal from traumatic experiences.

Trauma can be described as acute or chronic painful, emotionally-charged memories which can have lasting mental, emotional, and physical effects.

Trauma may be caused by neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse as well as exposure to violent or near-death experiences.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a structured therapy that encourages you to focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation through eye movements.  This is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memory. 

EMDR Therapy addresses traumatic episodes in a safe and supportive environment. It is a powerful tool that conclusively processes distressing memories.

Dance Movement Therapy

Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) is a somatic psychotherapy that promotes physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual integration of individuals through use of movement. This creative arts therapy offers a different therapeutic approach through exploration of the relationship between the mind and body.

DMT differs from regular dancing in that the movements are interpreted as a non-verbal language that expresses things that someone may have a hard time expressing.

The benefits include stress reduction and mood management. For example, among survivors of trauma, it helps with reclaiming power and control over the body where trauma symptoms usually start.

Founded within the idea that motion and emotion are interconnected, this creative expression can also help improve communication skills overall.

Reiki

Family therapy allows everyone’s voice to be heard.

Reiki, a Japanese form of energy healing was developed by Mikao Usui in 1922 and is interchangeably referred to as palm healing or hands on healing. The word reiki combines two Japanese words, rei and ki – when broken down, it stands for universal (i.e., rei) life energy (i.e., ki) and its practice is based on the idea of an unseen “life force energy.”

Reiki seeks to improve the flow of energy around the body and can serve as a conduit for mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and vibrational healing through gentle touch. This energy healing is so powerful that it balances chakras and provides holistic transformation in person or from a distance.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the ability to be present in the moment. It is the ability to experience your thoughts without all of the difficult emotions that usually accompany them.

Considering the current literature highlighting the involvement of the body in traumatic stress symptoms, use of movement and mindfulness-based interventions, which are treatment approaches that focus on the connection between the mind and the body, are receiving increasing attention among mental health providers. These interventions are rooted in Buddhist practice and philosophy and were incorporated into Western interventions in the 20th century. Mindfulness-based interventions seek to engage the autonomic nervous system, restore functioning, and allow survivors to reclaim power over their bodies  Several interventions have been curated to help individuals incorporate mindfulness practices into their daily lives which is often described as “paying attention on purpose.” Mindfulness is defined as the state or quality of being conscious and aware. It is an active and open attention to the present moment. Through practices such as meditation, you can find the calm behind the storm, the quiet in between all of the noise.  To live mindfully is to live in the moment as opposed to dwelling or the past or anticipating what may come in the future.

It doesn’t matter if you have never even considered mindfulness as something that you might incorporate into your life, or if you think that sitting quietly for a few minutes at a time is too difficult right now.  A customized approach to practicing and developing a mindful mindset awaits you. Evolve into your best self through mindfulness and meditation.

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

Exposure therapy is an approach that has been used for many years to tackle issues related to anxiety and phobias. Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) builds on this approach with the use of virtual reality technology.

Virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) is a computerized form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that provides exposure to visual, auditory, tactile, vibratory, vestibular, and olfactory stimuli in a controlled setting. During a virtual exposure session, states of arousal can be tracked by monitoring physiological indicators of stress such as heart rate and respiration. After this desensitization to a virtual environment, you may feel more equipped to take the next step and engage in real life (i.e., in vivo) exposure to the feared object or situation.

Yoga

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) was initially created in the 1960’s as a primary treatment for children on the autism spectrum.

Yoga as defined by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) is “the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of yoga.” Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word Yuj which means “union”

particularly of the mind, body, breath, spirit and self with the divine. It is a form of mindfulness

practice offering a holistic path of healing that includes physical postures, breathing techniques,

meditation, and relaxation. Yoga has been utilized to treat symptoms of mental health dysfunction for over 8,000 years and can help clear energy blockages while balancing the chakras. Let’s evolve into better patterns of behavior through use of yoga.

CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is an evidence-based form of psychological treatment that has been shown to be effective to deal with a wide range of psychological vulnerabilities.

CBT works by identifying and challenging the persistent negative patterns your thinking.

CBT techniques can allow you to unlearn the behavioral and psychological habits which are at the source of your distress. 

This form of therapy can offer effective tools to learn how to manage difficult emotions, as well as providing long term relief when the tools are used consistently.

You will gain a better understanding of how your mind works and how your perception and reality can be clouded by unhelpful thoughts and biases.

Trauma Focused CBT

Trauma focused CBT is helpful for young people who have been impacted by traumatic experiences or by their caregivers.

This form of therapy has been shown to effectively address the cognitive and behavioural impacts of an early traumatic experience, such as mood disorders or substance abuse.

It can also help improve the participating caregivers’ worry about the young person’s traumatic experience and how to provide supportive interactions. 

Trauma focused CBT is sensitive to the specific impacts that early traumatic experiences can have and how they can young people process these events.

Cognitive Processing Therapy

EMDR

EMDR is a treatment that has been shown to help people to heal from traumatic experiences.

Trauma can be described as acute or chronic painful, emotionally-charged memories which can have lasting mental, emotional, and physical effects.

Trauma may be caused by neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse as well as exposure to violent or near-death experiences.

EMDR can usually accomplish improvements much faster than other forms of therapy that can usually take years to show an improvement.

EMDR Therapy addresses traumatic episodes in a safe and supportive environment. It is a powerful tool that conclusively processes distressing memories.

Dance Movement Therapy

This form of therapy uses movement to promote emotional and cognitive integration. It is an empirically validated form of therapy that exploits the relationship that exists between mind and body.

DMT differs from regular dancing in that the movements are interpreted as a non-verbal language that expresses things that could otherwise not be articulated.

The benefits include stress reduction and mood management. Within eating disorder recovery, it can also help improve body image and self-esteem.

Founded within the idea that motion and emotion are interconnected, this creative expression can also help improve communication skills for better relationships. Movement can express aspects of a personality that a licensed therapist can be in tune with for a deeper connection in recovery therapy.

Family Therapy

Family therapy allows everyone’s voice to be heard.

By creating an environment where difficult thoughts and emotions can be expressed safely, we can address the underlying issues that lie between the surface arguments and disagreements. It allows all family members’ needs to be voiced and understood.

The other members can learn how to provide and support these needs so that a family can be a reciprocal source of strength for all its members, rather than a painful relationship that makes life miserable.

Family therapy can be used to work on a wide range of issues and is useful for children, young people and adults.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the ability to be present in the moment. It is the ability to experience your thoughts without all of the difficult emotions that usually accomany them.

Through practices such as meditation, you can find the calm behind the storm, the quiet in between all of the noise.

Mindfulness therapy is informed by eastern philosophy and traditions but has been thoroughly researched scientifically and has been proven to help with many different conditions including anxiety, stress and depression.

It doesn’t matter if you have never even considered meditation as something that might be a part of your life, or if you think that sitting quietly for a few minutes at a time is too difficult right now.

Mindfulness is all about acceptance of how you are feeling right now and what you are struggling with. Whatever you are feeling now, it’s okay. I will meet you wherever you are.

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

Exposure therapy is an approach that has been used for many years to tackle issues related to anxiety and phobias. Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) builds on this approach with the use of virtual reality technology.

This approach to therapy consists in exposing you to situations that you might find very challenging and emotional, whilst in a perfectly safe environment where you can pause the stimulus at any time if you feel uncomfortable.

Repeated exposure to increasingly more challenging stimuli can help you reduce the emotional response you have certain situations. You can build the strength to deal with them when you encounter them in real life.

Virtual reality exposure therapy has been shown to be effective in tackling issues including PTSD, phobias and trauma.

Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) was initially created in the 1960’s as a primary treatment for children on the autism spectrum.

The focus in ABA is on teaching skills and modifying behaviors through the use of behavioral learning principles such as use such as operant conditioning or classical conditioning, to direct an individual’s actions.

With practice, the goal is to help individuals replace undesired behaviors with desirable ones.

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