Individual Therapy

Everyone struggles at some point in life.

Therapy can help you gain control over the emotions, feelings and situations that might be keeping you stuck. Individual therapy involves developing a trusting relationship with a therapist, in a safe environment so you can work together on improving your mental health and well-being.

Individual psychotherapy can help with a number of life’s challenges that can include: Stress and overwhelm, unfulfillment, life-changes, relationship challenges or any unease that is affecting how you live your life. Psychotherapy can also be helpful in treating most mental health problems, including: Anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, insomnia, addictions, and many others.

Our goal is to find the right therapist and type of therapy (or combination of therapies) so you can feel comfortable and safe while receiving the most comprehensive treatment options in one place. We help you learn to live your life with ease.

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Types of Psychotherapy Available:

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that addresses how thoughts affect behaviours and emotions. The purpose of CBT is to help clients gain an understanding of their common thought patterns and to become more conscious of the effect that these thoughts have on their emotions and behaviour. CBT often involves “homework” where clients are asked to take note of certain reactions or write down their thinking patterns. CBT is often used to treat depression and anxiety but it is an important therapeutic approach that can be helpful for all clients.

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DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOUR THERAPY

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a type of psychotherapy that utilizes a cognitive-behavioural approach in helping people learn new skills and strategies so they can build better lives. DBT focuses on helping clients change the behaviour patterns that they are struggling with through weekly sessions. The sessions aim to teach core skills including mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation skills.

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ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based behavioural therapy where clients learn to accept their inner thoughts and feelings instead of suppressing them, allowing them to face their problems head on while also employing methods to solve them.
ACT uses six core processes to help clients develop psychological flexibility:

  1. Acceptance: Embracing all of your experiences, including unwanted ones.
  2. Cognitive Defusion: Noticing your thoughts and thinking processes without trying to alter them.
  3. Being Present: Allowing yourself to be fully aware of your experiences as they happen at this very moment in time.
  4. Self as Context: Getting in touch with your deep sense of self.
  5. Values: Recognizing what matters most to you and what you truly want your life to be about.
  6. Committed Action: Doing things that bring value to your life.

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EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION REPROGRAMMING

Eye movement desensitization reprogramming (EMDR) is an effective trauma treatment and most clients report positive effects after only a few sessions. It is an internationally recognized treatment method that is used by thousands of therapists around the world. It was discovered by a Psychologist named Francine Shapiro in 1987. EMDR uses elements of many therapeutic approaches in combination with eye movements or other forms of rhythmic stimulation to stimulate the brain’s information processing system. The intention of EMDR is to help people process traumatic events and to decrease emotional distress. EMDR is based on the theory that when a person is upset by a particular event, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. A particular moment becomes “frozen” and remembering an incident/trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed (EMDRIA, 2000). These memories can have a lasting negative effect on the way a person sees the world and relates to other people. It can also change how people see themselves in relation to the world. For example an abused child may grow up thinking “I’m not good enough”. EMDR helps to resume normal information processing of these “frozen” moments and the negative beliefs that are attached to them. After an EMDR session the images, sounds and feelings no longer are relived when the event is brought to mind. What happened is still remembered, but it is less upsetting (EMDRIA, 2000). Also, because the memory has become integrated, the negative beliefs associated with the event can become more rational and realistic. Therefore the adult that felt “I’m not good enough” may begin to see that the abuse was not their fault and instead may begin to believe “I am good enough”.

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BRAINSPOTTING

Brainspotting is an evolution of EMDR and is a technique that uses eye movements to release unprocessed trauma. It is based on the theory that many mental and physical issues are related to stored traumatic memories and experiences. With the use of resources development and processing the client is able to connect with stored information and process it. This allows for integration of experiences and emotions on a very deep physiological level. It is based on the work of David Grand.

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COGNITIVE PROCESSING THERAPY

Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is an evidence-based treatment that is effective in treating individual’s diagnosed with PTSD or struggling with stress symptoms associated with traumatic events including but not limited to work-related trauma as may be experienced by first responders, child abuse, rape, and major life-threatening accidents. It is a type of cognitive-behavioural therapy that focuses on client goals as well as their thoughts, emotions, behaviour, and physiological responses to reduce trauma symptoms and improve psychological well-being. CPT uses a combination of assessments, psychoeducation, worksheets, and homework to help clients challenge and alter unhelpful beliefs and thoughts related to their traumatic event. In addition, modifying their behaviour through promoting a new and healthier understanding of their lived experience.
It is highly recommended that clients commit to 12 weekly therapy sessions to get the most benefit out of the CPT program.

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MINDFULNESS BASED PSYCHOTHERAPY

Mindfulness based therapy is a form of treatment that helps you learn acceptance of feelings, being present in the moment and quieting your mind. This theraputic technique can help you regain focus in order to increase your appreciation and enjoyment of life’s experiences. Mental control is often achieved and one can feel more able to regulate their feelings, thoughts and experiences. Research indicates it is particularly effective for individuals with depression and anxiety conditions.

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PSYCHODYNAMIC/ANALYTIC THERAPY

Psychodynamic psychotherapy involves the development of a relational basis for exploring inner self and relationship experiences. It not only looks at thoughts, feelings and emotions as many other therapies do, but it also helps an individual become more aware of their inner self, including one’s desires, expectations, and internal dilemmas which can be out of our daily awareness.  This type of therapy involves developing an environment with the therapist where you can feel comfortable to be honest and have freedom to explore your history and experiences.  Usual topics include exploration of early life relationships with parents or caregivers, family, community, and cultural systems of influence, and coping (both conscious and unconscious) that may emanate from these experiences. Common purposes for entering psychodynamic therapy include common mental problems such as anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as broader goals such as expansion of ability to express and feel a range of emotions, exploration of feelings of unfulfillment or emptiness, and development of greater richness in relationships. Given the importance of establishing a flexibly secure relationship between client and therapist, this form of therapy involves more frequent appointments if desired. While a variety of approaches might be used, the connection of one’s developmental origins with their here-and-now experience of self and therapist is a hallmark of this approach.

 

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INTERPERSONAL PSYCHOTHERAPY

Modern interpersonal psychotherapy is a brief attachment focused psychotherapy that focuses on helping individuals resolve interpersonal problems and symptom recovery. It is an empirically supported treatment that was originally developed for depression, and is often commonly used for eating disorders, relationship problems and mood regulation. Through the relationship between the therapist and client, a client learns about himself or herself, their attachment patterns past and present, and learns new ways to have healthy relationships.

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EMPTY CHAIR THERAPY

Empty Chair Therapy, which is also known as Gestalt therapy comprises of interactive techniques to help engage the client’s feelings, thoughts and behaviours. During empty chair therapy, the client expresses their thoughts and feelings as if they were talking to a specific person, directing their words and gestures at an empty chair and imagining that a person is sitting in it while they talk. The intended outcome is that the client may feel a sense of relief and completion, and perhaps be prepared to talk to the person directly. The client with the help of the therapist may also learn something new about their issues with the person or situation.

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NARRATIVE THERAPY

Narrative Therapy is a unique approach to Psychotherapy where you are guided towards defining your story outside of pathologies or arbitrary diagnosis. Narrative therapy allows us to see our stories or experiences through a positive/ constructive lens while externalizing our problems.
The approach built to empower, is a collaborative approach where the therapist guides us to discover our values and recognize our skills to navigate  problems. Externalizing the problem would allow rebranding the problem in a wider socio-cultural context allowing us to approach the issue objectively.
Narrative therapy allows us to work on self-compassion. It also facilitates a positive relationship with our issues making any negative experiences palatable. An invaluable tool in couple’s or family therapy, Narrative therapy brings objectivity to conflict. It can also be effective in PTSD and mood disorders as it promotes kindness and compassion towards ourselves.

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SEX THERAPY

Sex therapy is an ongoing conversation between client and therapist; there is no personal
touching in the office. People often come to sex therapy because something is not going well in
their sexual lives, such as an inability to get or maintain an erection during sex, or painful
intercourse, for example. Sex therapy is a specialized type of psychotherapy where you can
address concerns about sexual function, sexual feelings and intimacy, where the therapist can
offer education, talk therapy, offer homework exercises and other resources/referrals for further
exploration in individual therapy or couples therapy.

What can sex therapy help address?

  • Pain during intercourse
  • Difficulties with arousal/orgasm
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Issues with intimacy/desire
  • Out of control sexual behaviours

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