Our therapists are trained in a variety of modalities listed below, and will tailor the therapy according to the needs of the client based on a comprehensive intake, and initial assessment.
1. Play Therapy: this is a form of therapy that can be helpful when emotional expression is complicated in any way (whether due to language disorders, or severe anxiety, as an example). This type of therapy utilizes play as a means of expression to deal with psychological conditions.
2. Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT): This is a practical, structured, time limited form of psychotherapy which focuses on the here-and-now.
Clients learn to identify their thoughts (cognitive), feelings and behaviors in situations and the link that contributes to psychological difficulties.
CBT has extensive research to support its benefit in treating a variety of disorders, including anxiety and depression.
3. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)- informed: DBT is a type of therapy that was originally developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. However, it has been adapted to treat a myriad of conditions. In particular, this type of therapy is useful for those struggling with Emotion regulation (ie ADHD, Eating disorders (such as anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and bulimia nervosa), anxiety, Non suicidal self injury, substance use disorders, suicidal behaviors).
DBT skills include:
Mindfulness: This is a skill to help the client focus on the present or “live in the moment.” Keeping calm, can assist in avoiding engaging in unhealthy behaviors.
Distress tolerance: These skills help prepare the client to deal with intense emotions and cope with them
Interpersonal effectiveness: this skill helps the client learn to become assertive (asking for what you need, saying no) without damaging relationships.
Emotion Regulation: This skill helps clients learn to identify, name and manage strong emotions.
4. Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT): This is a form of psychotherapy that helps the client to identify, understand, use and manage emotions in healthy ways to relieve distress, communicate effectively, connect with others, and overcome challenges in life. EFT has efficacy in treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, couples conflict/distress, interpersonal problems, and family conflict.
5. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy: This therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps people recover from trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or completing homework between sessions.
6. Trauma Focused CBT: This type of therapy is a specific form of CBT, with trauma as its focus.
7. Life coaching: Our Life Coach, Ms. Claudine Burke works with clients to help them achieve their goals by providing guidance and support in various areas, including goal-setting for future plans.