THERAPEUTIC MODELS & APPROACHES

We believe in using evidence based models and that clients should be informed about how each model can help support them make the changes they are looking for.

 

DBT - DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOUR THERAPY

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an effective treatment for people who struggle with regulating intense emotions. DBT helps people learn to understand, change, and cope with their emotions more effectively so they can create the life they want.

DBT is a combination of two approaches to treatment: cognitive-behavioural therapy, which involves changing thoughts, emotions, and behaviours that cause problems, and mindfulness, which involves learning to accept reality and to control attention.​ In DBT, clients learn to change behaviour patterns that cause problems, while also accepting their experiences and emotions. This is done by teaching and applying the four DBT skills modules: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Comprehensive DBT requires Individual Therapy, Skills Group, Telephone Coaching and a Consultation Team. If you have high risk behaviours and need more intensive support the best service would be a comprehensive DBT program. We can help assess this and provided you with the names of comprehensive programs, both public and private in Ontario. DBT informed service means that we are able to provide you with individual therapy and individual skills teaching from the DBT skills manual and it's founding principles.

EMOTION FOCUSED THERAPY (EFT)

Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT) is an evidence-based approach, focused on methods designed to help people accept, express, regulate, make sense of, and transform their emotions. Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) focuses on understanding attachment and relationships and the premise that emotions are key to our identity. This type of therapy assumes that lacking emotional awareness or avoiding unpleasant emotions can cause harm. It may render us unable to use the important information emotions provide. EFT can help people with a range of concerns such as helping people learn to become more aware of their emotions and approaching vs. avoiding emotions. EFT also allows people to become better at using information provided by their emotions to navigate their lives. Recent years have seen a growth of EFT in individual and couples therapy, both because of its status as an evidence-based treatment and also because the EFT approach focuses on the development of emotional intelligence and on the importance of secure relationships.

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MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness is about cultivating and maintaining an awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment and our ability to call ourselves into our Wise Mind.

Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.  

Mindfulness is excellent at increasing our overall ability to be present in our lives. Mindfulness is a foundation for learning all other therapeutic skills, because without being aware of our thoughts, behaviours and emotions, we cannot work to change them.

SFT - SOLUTION FOCUSED THERAPY

Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) was developed by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg in the 1970s. SFT pays close attention to solutions, rather than problems, by incorporating various forms of questioning and unique conversations that are future focused and goal oriented.

SFT helps you to construct solutions, motivation, positivity, and hope for the challenges that you are experiencing. 

CBT - COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), involves changing thoughts, emotions, and behaviours that are causing problems in your life. 


CBT is a structured approach that focuses on understanding and changing both how you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour) in order to resolve current life difficulties and reduce distress.


CBT provides you with a new way of understanding and approaching your problems as well as targeting change in the unhealthy patterns that maintain your problems. Treatment is collaborative and emphasizes skill-building and problem-solving to improve your overall wellness and functioning.

CLINICAL TRAUMATOLOGY

Clinical traumatology is a three staged recovery model for trauma clients co-created by Dr. Anna Baranowsky and Dr. Eric Gentry at the Traumatology Institute in Canada (TIC). The three stages that Traumatology focuses on are safety and stabilization, trauma memory processing, and reconnection while utilizing an incorporation of body-based techniques and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).  


1) In the safety and stabilization phase, clients will focus on regaining internal and external control by learning to self-soothe and increase their emotional and behavioural stabilization. 


2) The trauma memory processing phase will utilize a Cognitive Behavioural approach to work more deeply on trauma history and develop better resolution.


3) The reconnection phase will allow for clients to redefine themselves in the context of meaningful relationships and engagement in life activities.