Our Approach

Therapeutic Models

Our aim is to offer you the therapeutic services that best meet your individual needs and goals. We draw from a wide range of evidence-based therapies developed from the latest research. We are particularly interested in those therapies that address the impacts of stress and trauma on the human brain and nervous system. In addition to traditional mental health approaches, we also like to incorporate movement and mind-body oriented therapies to help you achieve a more holistic approach to your well being. Some of the therapies we use are listed below, this list is not exhaustive.

Somatic and Sensorimotor Therapies

These body and movement-centered approaches can help to treat unresolved trauma through physical awareness and improvement of the mind-body connection. Whereas other forms of therapy rely on spoken words, somatic therapies depend on physical bodily experiences to bring forth unconscious attitudes and improve mental health. Learn more here.

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

DDP can help children who have experienced complex trauma or have issues with attachment. The parent or caregiver forms a two person “dyad” with the child and uses both verbal and non-verbal communication to help co-regulate emotional responses and co-construct an alternative autobiographical narrative with the child. Learn more here.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Survivors of trauma can end up profoundly wounded and feeling betrayed by their bodies. In order to heal from trauma, a connection must be made with one’s self, including one’s body. Trauma-sensitive yoga moves beyond traditional talk therapies that focus on the mind, by bringing the body actively into the healing process. This allows trauma survivors to cultivate a more positive relationship to their body through gentle breath, mindfulness, and movement practices. Learn more here

Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling, which centers people as the experts in their own lives. The therapist works collaboratively with the client to co-develop a life story or narrative for the client. This helps distinguish people from their problems and allows individuals to use their many skills, competencies, beliefs and values to achieve goals and improve their lives. Learn more here.

Theraplay and Play Therapy

Theraplay is an attachment focused child and family therapy for building stronger attachments, trust, sense of self and interpersonal engagement. Learn more here.

Play therapy is a form of counselling or psychotherapy that uses play to communicate with and to help children prevent or resolve psycho-social challenges. Play therapy uses physical, fun and healthy interactions between the therapist or parents and children to help improve social integration, growth and development, emotional modulation, and trauma resolution. Learn more here.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

The main tenant of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is that thoughts, feelings and behaviours combine to influence a person’s overall functioning. This form of therapy aims to teach people to identify unhelpful or unhealthy habits of thinking, feeling and behaving and implement practical, self-help strategies to overcome negative thoughts and behaviours and learn healthier skills and habits. CBT can be as effective as medication to treat depression, anxiety and a range of other mental health concerns. Learn more here.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness-based therapies involves focusing  awareness on the present moment, while acknowledging and accepting feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. This special form of paying attention and acting intentionally can help people with depression, anxiety, addictions, and trauma related disorders. It can also be used generally to reduce stress and help people live more conscious lives. Learn more here.