Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is based on the foundation that human behaviors are caused internally (thoughts and feelings) rather than external factors (people, situations, and events), thus addressing the interactions between how we think, feel and behave. CBT involves the counselor and the patient actively defining and modifying thought and behaviour patterns based on the goals and values of the patient and within a structured process of teaching, coaching and reinforcing positive behaviours. CBT is highly instructive and intuitive as a time-limited method of therapy, effective for clients a variety of psychological problems including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance dependence, social phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is used by clinicians to increase emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness, while reducing a client’s vulnerability to an emotional mind. It is a style of therapeutic intervention most effective for use with individuals who struggle with intemperate arousal levels and/or excessive sensitivities to emotional stimulation, with a significant delay in timing to reduce to baseline levels. DBT treatment is helpful to clients with conditions characterized by emotional dysregulation, such as borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and eating disorders.
Positive Psychology Approach: Positive psychology studies and focuses on the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. Using positive psychology, clients learn how increase their capacity for positive emotions, positive individual traits and positive institutions and how these enhance their experiences of self, love, work and play. This school of therapy analyzes states of pleasure or flow and values, strengths, virtues, and talents—as well as the ways that they can be promoted by social systems and institutions.
Early Childhood Developmental Assessment: The first few years of life are fundamental in setting the foundation for long-term learning, behaviour, and health outcomes—contrastingly, difficulties in early childhood are often associated with later troubles in school performance, social adjustment, and health. Early Childhood Developmental Assessment followed by early intervention can help to circumvent the negative effects of certain early factors on later outcomes.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is part of an integrative approach to psychotherapy based on a model of AIP, or Adaptive Information Processing. By reprocessing a client’s traumatic memories and associated stimuli through alternating bilateral visual, auditory, and tactile stimulation, EMDR allows for the re-coding of maladaptive or incomplete mental/emotional trauma management. EMDR facilitates the effective reclaiming of adverse life events to an adaptive resolution, and was first developed for post-traumatic stress disorder but has been found to be effective in a number of other psychological conditions including anxiety, phobias, addictions and eating disorders.
Attachment Perspective to Parenting is an approach to child-rearing intended to forge strong, secure attachments between parent and child and that supports physical closeness, sensitivity, and responsiveness in parents. This practice empathizes empathy and parent-child communication where sensitive, responsive parenting leads kids to form secure attachments.
Play-based psychotherapy is a method of clinical practice based upon the act of free play being a child’s most natural medium of self-expression, and thus giving them an opportunity to safely ‘play out’ their feelings and problems under a context that fits their level of cognitive development. Through play-based psychotherapy children are able to more effectively and accurately communicate their awareness of what is happening in their world.