Are you sad, anxious, depressed or confused?
Do you long to be heard?
Would you like to learn specific strategies to feel better?
Through our conversations, informed by a variety of approaches, I will help you learn to identify the lies you tell yourself, recognize the realities you have avoided, gain insight into why you share time with people who aren’t good for you, and learn to be more assertive by saying no when you mean no. Create a better life.
Cognitive Behavioural Theory
CBT is a practical, structured approach that focuses on the link between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. In therapy, learn how to challenge your recurring problematic thoughts and substitute more realistic and helpful beliefs. In addition, develop specific goals and tools (including exercise, relationships, and fun) to further improve your mood. Though it may sound deceptively simple, by changing your thoughts and behaviours you will begin to feel a lot better.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness-based programs assist people in pain. By adopting mindfulness principals, you’ll reduce stress; increase relaxation; and improve the quality of your life. The 3 principals are: moment-to-moment living; non-judgmental awareness; and patience. Moment-to-moment living is achieved when you stay present and don’t worry about the past or future. Non-judgmental awareness is achieved when you treat yourself and your body with kindness. Patience is achieved when you’re non-reactive to troublesome thoughts and feelings. Using these principals, discover how to meditate mindfully and increase body awareness.
What is positive psychology? Positive psychology is about pursuing well-being. Learn how to build meaningful emotional connections with people important to you and create a better, more engaged life for yourself. There are 3 components to well-being: involvement, meaning, and doing things that put a smile on your face. When people respond actively and constructively to the accomplishment of others, they increase their own love and friendship while decreasing anxiety and depression.
A Family Systems Model
How we behave and how we react to situations is very closely connected to what we learned in childhood. The roles we play in our families affects how we behave and how we treat others. Uncover these childhood patterns that are impacting your current behaviours, actions and relationships. With awareness and different tools, you can start making better choices and restore balance to your life.
Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
ISTDP is an approach that focuses on your emotions, anxiety and defenses, and integrates these elements in neurobiology, attachment and emotion.
With this approach you will learn to identify your emotions, physical symptoms, defenses and avoidance patterns. The goal is to stop the avoidance patterns and identify your feelings.
Acceptance Commitment Therapy
ACT is an approach that encourages you to embrace your thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them. This approach develops psychological flexibility and is a form of behavioural therapy that combines mindfulness skills with the practice of self-acceptance. Face problems head on rather than avoiding the stresses in your life.