Treatment Approaches

Diverse treatments that better your mental health​

You are an individual – just like your needs and experiences. Your treatment should be too.

Our therapists are trained in a wide area of treatments to be able to guide you through your mental health journey.

We offer a uniquely personal service that works to highlight the best way to treat you – whether that’s integrating several different models or focusing on one treatment type.

Please keep reading to learn about our team’s diverse forms of treatment.

CBT-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) offers a forward-looking approach to addressing specific issues efficiently. Unlike traditional therapy, which delves into past experiences, CBT focuses on breaking down prominent issues into manageable components, making them less daunting for clients.

With CBT, individuals can tackle phobias, health concerns, or other mental health conditions at their own pace. The goal is to equip clients with coping mechanisms to manage stressful situations and negative triggers, whether they manifest as harmful thoughts or feelings.

Active client participation is crucial for the success of CBT. This short-term, structured approach is ideal for breaking negative cycles of thoughts and behaviors that impact daily life. If you’re seeking to overcome such challenges, CBT offers a practical solution to regain control and improve overall well-being.

DBT-Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) offers a proactive approach to addressing self-esteem issues and negative thought patterns without dwelling on the past. In DBT, the term “dialectical” refers to embracing opposing views, encouraging individuals to accept themselves while working to change negative behaviours and thoughts.

Initially designed for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), DBT has proven effective for various individuals beyond this diagnosis. Whether you struggle with emotional regulation, feel overwhelmed in specific situations, or encounter challenges in relationships, DBT may be recommended by your therapist.

In DBT sessions, therapists emphasize anchoring aspects to reinforce the value of life. By fostering self-acceptance and implementing positive changes, DBT empowers individuals to lead more fulfilling lives.

Mindfulness-Based Therapy

Mindfulness therapy has gained popularity for its ability to promote balance through breathing and meditation exercises. While rooted in mindfulness techniques, this therapy extends its reach by incorporating elements of cognitive therapy.

Mindfulness-based therapy instills crucial attitudes like patience and trust, fostering a calmer and more stable self. Emphasizing self-kindness and present-focused living, this therapy equips individuals with tools for emotional regulation and interrupting negative thought patterns.

If you find yourself grappling with physical or mental symptoms that spiral out of control, mindfulness therapy may offer a viable solution. Explore the potential benefits of mindfulness-based therapy to reclaim control over your well-being.

Internal Family Systems

This model centers on the concept of the ‘self’ as the core component of your personality, alongside sub-personalities that exist within your internal mental state.

These sub-personalities can collaborate harmoniously to maintain a healthy mind or contribute to negative emotions stemming from an unstable self or past trauma. Self-destructive behaviors, such as alcohol abuse and self-mutilation, may arise when one aspect of the system overrides the self. These sub-personalities are categorized as follows:

  • Exile: Often stemming from childhood trauma, this sub-personality can evoke extreme feelings of vulnerability.
  • Manager: Responsible for handling day-to-day tasks and maintaining control, but if unhealthy, may exhibit over-controlling or terrorizing behaviors.
  • Firefighter: Emerges to extinguish distressing feelings triggered by the exile, but if not managed properly, may resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms like substance abuse or destructive behavior.

When the ‘self’ effectively manages the internal system, individuals typically experience feelings of groundedness, confidence, and control.

Sub-personalities often interact similarly to how we engage with others externally, exhibiting various behaviors. These sub-personalities can be triggered by internal or external factors, whether healthy or detrimental.

EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

Initially recommended for individuals grappling with PTSD, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a mental health treatment that employs specific eye movements to address traumatic memories.

This effective model is now utilized to treat various trauma-related disorders, including depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety.

EMDR emerged from research demonstrating that the brain stores traumatic memories differently from positive or neutral ones. When triggered, these memories can significantly impact mental and physical well-being due to their distinct storage mechanisms.

Events or sensory stimuli can trigger challenging emotions like flashbacks and panic attacks, hindering processing. Through EMDR, the brain learns to access regions controlling behavior, emotion (prefrontal cortex), and memory (hippocampus), facilitating effective processing and resolution.

Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that prioritizes present-focused exploration over delving into past experiences. This approach enables individuals to effectively process their current thoughts and emotions.

Unlike traditional talk therapies, Gestalt therapy emphasizes experimentation and holistic treatment. The term “Gestalt” refers to treating the individual as a whole entity, rather than fragmenting them into separate components like body, mind, or thoughts.

In Gestalt Therapy sessions, practitioners collaborate with clients to identify the most suitable methods for enhancing mental well-being. These methods may include creative, intellectual, or physical techniques such as role-playing, painting, or spontaneous activities. By engaging in these practices, individuals can develop better interpersonal relationships, assertiveness, and self-awareness of thoughts, feelings, and actions, both for themselves and in relation to others.

Psychoeducation

Psychoeducation is a valuable resource for individuals diagnosed with or interested in understanding mental health challenges. By providing insight into the workings of these challenges and their impact on thoughts and behaviors, psychoeducation aims to empower individuals with knowledge.

Many individuals diagnosed with mental health disorders often feel bewildered and lack adequate explanations. Psychoeducation bridges this gap by equipping individuals with understanding. It extends beyond individuals to include family members and caregivers who may require guidance on how to support and interact with those experiencing mental illness or trauma.

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