What We Offer
Our licensed therapists practice evidence-based treatment to individuals, couples and families for a wide range of life challenges.
Sadness, frustration, discouragement, mood swings, lack of energy, appetite and motivation, hopelessness.
Depression and Mood Concerns
In the face of uncertainty, feelings of dread, panic, physical tension, over-thinking, sleep disturbance, distraction, discouragement.
Feeling overwhelmed by stressors related to COVID-19, parenting, career, relationships, finances, health, life changes.
Trust, communication, intimacy, expressing love and respect, conflict resolution, affair recovery,
Exposure to death or threatened injury leading to intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, sadness, relationship challenges.
Sadness, anger, guilt, numbness after losing a loved one, a relationship, livelihood, abilities or opportunities.
Challenging behaviors, coping with developmental and learning challenges, mental health issues, bullying, self-esteem.
Difficulty falling asleep or remaining asleep, racing thoughts, feeling keyed-up, not feeling rested upon awakening.
Relationship, academic or career challenges due to impulsivity, procrastination, forgetfulness, lack of motivation and focus.
Types of Treatment
Our therapists have been trained in a variety of effective approaches. Since every person is wired differently, some treatments will be a better fit than others. If you are interested in a specific kind of treatment, contact our office at 905-321-0550 and we'll connect you with the right therapist.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Offered by All Therapists
CBT has been used since the 1960's for the treatment of depression, anxiety and relationship issues. CBT is based on the premise that what we tell ourselves about situations (our “self-talk”) shapes how we feel and act. CBT focuses on challenging and changing distorted thinking and unhelpful behaviors, and helps you develop effective self-talk and personal coping strategies to boost your mood, self-esteem and confidence.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is a newer form of CBT with a different focus:. For many individuals, distress in the form of anxiety or depression stems from unsuccessful efforts to “get rid” of negative emotions. Instead of trying to change thoughts or feelings, ACT equips you with skills to help you stay in control of your actions, even when difficult thoughts and feelings arise. With practice, you'll learn how to keep moving towards your values and goals and focus on what really matters in your life.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
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DBT helps you bounce back from emotionally upsetting situations by teaching mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills. “Dialectical” means the bringing together of opposite ideas: in this case the opposing notions of Acceptance and Change. DBT counselling promotes Acceptance of life’s stressors using the skills of mindfulness and distress tolerance, and promotes Change using the skills of emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT treats mood disorders triggered by feelings of abandonment, self-harm and substance use.
The Integrative Trauma and Attachment Treatment Model (ITATM)
The experience of trauma - an event involving actual or threatened physical or
psychological harm to oneself or others - can significantly impact one's ability to cope effectively with life's challenges. The Integrative Trauma and Attachment Treatment Model (ITATM) is a trauma-specific model that teaches clients how to harness the power of the mind and body in order to reduce the impact of trauma-related thoughts, feelings, sensations and memories, so that they can live more fully in the present, heal the past, and build a better future.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR was developed in the 1990's to help survivors or witnesses of life-threatening situations experience lasting relief from PTSD symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, depression and anxiety. EMDR is based on the idea that negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours are the result of unprocessed memories. Treatment involves recalling the traumatic event in a safe space, and using eye movement techniques to process difficult memories so that they are less intrusive and distressing.
Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
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Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) is a very practical, positive and strength-based approach that focuses on creating solutions for a better future. Working together we identify past and present factors contributing to the problem, we identify your strengths and unused resources, set specific goals and then work towards specific changes that would make your present and future better. SFT looks for exceptions to the problem so that you can take what is working elsewhere in your life and use it to help you find a solution for the problem you are facing.
Body-Based Trauma Recovery
Body-based, or Somatic, psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach which engages the body awareness as a powerful tool and intervention in therapy. Body-based therapy helps you increase self-awareness and the ability to self-regulate during emotional stress. The result is a deeper understanding of the body/mind connection with improved ability to release and regulate emotions. It also helps manage stress, resolve issues related to trauma, heal from and navigate life transitions, relationships and build resilience
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Unlike counselling for adults, which is based on talk therapy, counselling for young children is done using Play Therapy. Our play therapists incorporate art, dramatic arts, craft-based learning, audio-visual and individually-designed therapeutic activities. Play Therapy has been shown to reduce anxiety, process difficult emotions, build self-confidence, develop a sense of trust in self and others, define healthy boundaries and promote appropriate behaviour.
Relationship counselling is designed to help you and your partner to maintain connection in times of conflict. Instead of expressing needs using criticism or blame, or becoming defensive and withdrawn in silence, an expert therapist can help you work as a team on common, challenging issues such as intimacy, affection, finances, expectations, parenting or decision-making. When partners are able to express their needs in ways that help them feel heard and understood, they can feel safe, secure and valued and find win/win solutions for any relationship issue. Couples learn to face conflict with confidence and determination.
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