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Our Approaches


Emotion Focused Therapy

Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) is a way of working with your emotions.  Emotions are the first thing we feel in the world, and they give us information.   This method is designed to help people accept, express, regulate, make sense of, and transform emotions.  This form of treatment is most effective for anxiety, depression, trauma, unresolved issues, self-criticism.


Emotion Focused Family Therapy

Family healing involves supportive caregivers.  The role of individual and family style plays a key factor in the onset and maintenance of behavioural and mental health.  Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) supports caregivers to do different rather than do more.  EFFT believes in the healing power of families and the role caregivers play in their loved one's mental health and well-being.  This form of treatment is most effective for restoring the connection and promote resilience in the family relationship.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an effective form of talk therapy that helps individuals see the connection between body sensations, how we think, feel, and behave.  It focuses on creating an understanding of how what we think will affect how we feel.  Thousands of research trials have demonstrated that CBT is most effective for issues such as anxiety, depression, pain, and insomnia.

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Mindfulness Practices

“Mindfulness is awareness that arises by paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally” (Jon Kabat-Zinn). 


Mindfulness is a practice of learning how to pay attention to things as they present themselves and moving out of being on auto-pilot (e.g. from "doing" to "being").  Mindfulness is having an attitude of curiosity, openness, friendliness towards our experiences (thoughts, feelings, sensations) rather than avoidance, control, criticism, or judgment of current experience.  Mindfulness practices are effective for reducing stress, over-thinking, anxiety, depression, and increasing focus, memory, and relationship satisfaction. 

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

A dialectic means two opposing ideas can be true at the same time, and when considered together it can create a new way of viewing a situation.  DBT's main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others.  DBT helps individuals who struggle with controlling their emotions and behaviour.  

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Narrative Therapy

As people move through life, their experiences become their personal stories.   Narrative therapy helps make meaning of an individual’s story, particularly when they are stuck on a thin description of who they are.  It helps separate the person from the problem and assumes that the individual has many skills, competencies, and abilities to move them through their struggles.  Narrative therapy helps address trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, grief/loss


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT is an empirically-based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behaviour change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. ACT emphasizes acceptance as a way to deal with negative thoughts, feelings, symptoms, or circumstances. It encourages increased commitment to healthy, constructive activities that uphold your values or goals.  ACT has proven effective with a diverse range of clinical conditions: depression, OCD, workplace stress, chronic pain, the stress of terminal cancer, anxiety, PTSD, anorexia, substance misuse. 

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