Therapy Modalities

Play Therapy is most often used with children and involves using play as a way for children to communicate and express themselves. Kids naturally use play to explore their environment and emotions. Thus, it is a great way to help children express their feelings and work through psychological issues.

As part of play therapy, the therapist may use a variety of materials and techniques that are engaging for children. For example, puppets, dolls, art materials, or sand play. It is used in both individual and group settings for various mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and behavioural difficulties, and can be used in individual or group therapy settings.

Family Systems Theory is a theoretical orientation developed by Bowen that believes in looking at the family as a unit or system. A core tenant in the model is the belief that each relationship in the system affects one another. If one person is struggling in the system then odds are, others are being affected and maybe struggling as well. Or, if one person changes then the whole system changes.

A concept in Family Systems theory is that each person in the family influences one another and everyone works together to contribute to how the system works in healthy or unhealthy ways. This is a therapy where each family member would be involved promoting change within each person therefore changing the whole system to reach it’s healthy potential. With the therapeutic involvement of the whole family, each person finds their role and is empowered to work in more healthy ways as a unit.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a therapeutic approach that blends acceptance and mindfulness techniques with commitment and behaviour-change strategies. It focuses on helping people embrace their thoughts, feelings, and emotions rather than suppressing, avoiding, or controlling them. Rather than focusing on what is outside of your control, you’ll instead focus on what you can personally control.

ACT is beneficial for a variety of mental health conditions, including trauma, chronic pain, eating disorders, OCD, anxiety, depression, and stress. It’s also a fundamental tool to improve overall well-being.

With the help of therapy, you’ll gain confidence in your ability to handle thoughts and feelings without needing to control them.

With Art Therapy, creative expression is used to improve a person’s mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Different types of materials and techniques are used to help an individual express themselves. This may include painting, drawing, sculpting, or putting together collages. As an individual expresses themselves creatively, they are able to work through personal challenges, express their emotions, and gain self-awareness.

Art Therapy is commonly used with children, but may also be used with adolescents and adults. It is particularly helpful if someone has difficulty finding words to express their feelings. It allows the free-flow of unconscious thoughts, which are then expressed creatively. Thus, it’s an effective technique to help externalize feelings and thoughts that are difficult to communicate. Art Therapy can help with processing emotions, improving self-esteem, reducing stress, decreasing anxiety, and developing coping skills. It can also help with connection and communication with others.

Attachment-Based Therapy focuses on understanding how the bonds formed early in life impacts emotional health and relationships in later life. It is commonly used for individuals who are experiencing challenges with their interpersonal relationships, have experienced trauma, or struggle with emotional disorders. It can also be used with parents or guardians wanting to strengthen or improve their relationship with their children.

By going back in time, you can gain a better understanding of your behaviour patterns and subconscious attachment styles. You can then work towards redeveloping different patterns using techniques such as cognitive reframing, emotion-focused strategies, and mindfulness.

If you’re ready to form better or healthier interpersonal relationships, gain a better understanding of yourself, reduce anxiety, and increase your capacity to manage emotions, Attachment-Based Therapy may be for you. Click below to book an appointment or free consultation!

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that is focused on helping individuals identify and manage the underlying causes of their mental and emotional struggles. CBT is a highly effective treatment method used to reduce symptoms associated with a range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, eating disorders, and substance abuse.

By examining the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, CBT can help individuals gain insight into how their thoughts create their feelings and behaviors, thereby empowering them to make lasting changes in their lives.

DBT, or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, is a type of therapy that has been scientifically proven to help individuals struggling with a variety of mental health issues. It works by teaching people mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. DBT is most often used to treat borderline personality disorder, as well as anxiety disorders, depression, and eating disorders.

With the help of a qualified therapist, clients can learn to become more skilled at managing their emotions and developing healthier relationships. DBT can be an incredibly powerful tool for those who are looking to gain control over their mental health and live a more fulfilling life

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is a powerful, evidence-based approach to counseling, focused on helping individuals recognize and process their emotions. By exploring underlying patterns of emotion, clients gain insight into their behaviour and the connections between their thoughts, feelings, and actions. EFT is especially beneficial for those struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues. Through this therapy, clients can learn to express and manage their emotions in a healthy way, resulting in improved mental health and overall wellbeing.

Exposure Therapy is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) intended to help overcome fears and anxieties. To do this, you are gradually exposed to the feared object or situation in a safe and controlled environment. Together with the therapist, you will determine a gradual hierarchy of the feared situations or objects that you work through over time. It is commonly used for anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and PTSD. However, it may be used in other situations. Exposure Therapy can help reduce the intensity of anxiety, improve emotional regulation, and ultimately lead to greater self-esteem.

With Humanistic Therapy, the focus is on what makes an individual unique, their creativity, and strengths. It is a powerful approach to gaining a deeper understanding of oneself and can lead to greater connection, meaning, improved self-esteem, and clarity in making life decisions. It is commonly used to address concerns such as anxiety, depression, stress, and relationship issues.

In Humanistic Therapy, the therapist provides an empathetic and non-judgmental environment to express oneself and explore feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. This can lead to improved self-awareness and personal growth.

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Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy is based on the idea that the mind is made up of multiple sub-personalities or “parts”. Each of these parts has its own viewpoints, emotions, and characteristics.

In IFS Therapy, the therapist will help the client identify and understand each of the parts that make them whole. By deepening the relationship with each part, there is an opportunity to gain insight into the patterns and beliefs causing distress.

IFS is used for a variety of concerns, including trauma, depression, anxiety, and interpersonal relationships. It can also be used for personal growth, self-understanding, and self-development.

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Interpersonal Therapy is used to improve relationships and social functioning. It uncovers how our social interactions impact our mental health. Interpersonal Therapy is used for individuals going through life transitions or experiencing other concerns such as depression, grief, anxiety, or interpersonal difficulties.

With IPT, a therapist guides the client through their current relationships and social roles to uncover any subconscious problematic interpersonal patterns contributing to distress. The focus is on improving communication skills, learning to express emotions in a positive and effective way, and addressing issues within current relationships.

Mindfulness-Based Therapy is a therapeutic approach that integrates mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It aims to help individuals cultivate awareness and acceptance of their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. The goal of Mindfulness-Based Therapy is to reduce the distress caused by thoughts, emotions, and experiences to improve overall well-being. The exact approach will depend on your needs and your therapist.

However, you will be encouraged to engage in meditation and/or mindfulness practices. This may include breathing exercises, mindful movement, and body scans. As part of Mindfulness-Based Therapy, you may be asked to work towards identifying and challenging negative thought patterns so you can develop positive coping skills. This modality is used for a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, stress, depression, and chronic pain. By creating an increased sense of connection to the self and others, you can experience a greater sense of purpose in life.

Music Therapy is a unique therapeutic modality that harnesses the intrinsic properties of music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. Through creating, singing, moving to, and listening to music, individuals can express feelings, improve motor skills, enhance memory, and foster a deeper connection with their inner selves.

The non-verbal nature of music therapy makes it a useful tool for young children and adults with developmental delays, Alzheimer’s disease, or traumatic brain injuries. Guided by trained music therapists, this modality offers a non-verbal pathway to healing and personal growth, resonating with the rhythms of one’s soul.

With Narrative Therapy, you will focus on the stories you create about yourself, your experiences, and others. To create change, you will work towards rewriting these stories to be more empowering and positive. This can ultimately impact your overall quality of life and the strength of the relationships you have with others. With a therapist, you will explore your life experiences to uncover how they have shaped both your beliefs and identity.

Narrative Therapy is often used for anxiety, depression, and trauma, but it may also be used for a variety of other mental health concerns. As a result of Narrative Therapy, you may feel a greater sense of control over your life and have a new perspective on past experiences.

Psychoanalytic Therapy is a type of in-depth talk therapy that focuses on bringing forward unconscious or deeply buried thoughts and feelings. It is most commonly used to explore childhood or past events that continue to impact behaviors, feelings, and thoughts.

During a session using Psychoanalytic Therapy, clients will dive deep into past experiences, thoughts, and feelings. The therapist acts as a guide to help clients uncover the root causes of their current challenges.

This technique is powerful for individuals who want to gain a deeper understanding of the self and draw connections between past experiences and current behaviors. With this awareness, the focus is on reshaping unconscious thoughts and behaviors to move toward personal growth, understanding of oneself, and self-empowerment.

Psychodynamic Therapy focuses on how unconscious thoughts influence behaviors. During a session, individuals will explore past experiences, emotions, and dreams. The therapist will guide them towards gaining insight into the difficulties that brought them to therapy.

Psychodynamic Therapy can benefit individuals dealing with a broad range of mental health issues, including anxiety, personality disorders, depression, relationship challenges, self-esteem issues, and personal growth challenges.

With increased awareness, the focus shifts to changing behaviors and improving the ability to manage emotions.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a collaborative approach to therapy that focuses on identifying and achieving goals in the present while keeping the future in mind. SFBT is widely used to help people with a range of psychological and emotional conditions such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship issues, and more. It is based on the belief that clients are experts in their own lives and have the capacity to resolve their own issues.

By focusing on what’s working and what can be changed, SFBT offers a positive outlook and a sense of empowerment that can help clients achieve their desired outcomes quickly and efficiently.

Somatic Therapy is a holistic therapeutic approach that focuses on the mind-body connection. It involves both psychotherapy and physical therapy. This may include breathing techniques, dancing, or other types of movement.

It is commonly used for trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief, and when individuals feel disconnected from their bodies. Somatic Therapy can lead to a reduction in tension and physical discomfort, an increased connection to the body, an improved ability to handle stress, and an overall more balanced emotional state.

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