Integrative Counselling

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

A type of psychotherapy in which negative patterns of thought about the self and the world are challenged in order to alter unwanted behavior patterns or treat mood disorders such as depression.  There are several approaches to cognitive-behavioral therapy, including Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, Rational Living Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Dialectic Behavior Therapy. 

Emotional Focused Therapy

An intervention based on scientific study of adult love and bonding processes in couples, is designed to address distress in the intimate relationships  of adults. Strategies from emotionally focused therapy can also be used in family therapy to help family members connect and improve emotional attachment. Couples seeking counselling to improve their relationships may find this method a beneficial approach, as it can help people better understand both their own emotional responses and those of significant people in their lives.  

Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy is a form of psychotherapy that seeks to help people identify their values and the skills and knowledge they have to live these values, so they can effectively confront whatever problems they face.

Together we will listen for negative patterns of thinking and look at how these negative influences are directing your life.

Solution Focused Therapy

 A goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change that is conducted through direct observation of clients' responses to a series of precisely constructed questions.  Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) places focus on a person's present and future circumstances and goals rather than past experiences. In this goal-oriented therapy, the symptoms or issues bringing a person to therapy are typically not targeted.

Solution-focused brief therapy - also known as solution-focused therapy - is an approach to psychotherapy based on solution-building rather than problem-solving. Although it acknowledges present problems and past causes, it predominantly explores an individual's current resources and future hopes - helping them to look forward and use their own strengths to achieve their goals.  

Faith-Based

Faith-based counselling is a solid alternative to traditional forms of psychotherapy for clients who want to achieve mental recovery by incorporating their religious and moral beliefs into their therapy.  Traditional methods of counselling that don’t take into consideration one’s moral values and religion may produce conflicting results, depending on how the interventions interfere with one’s spiritual beliefs. I also incorporate Christian counselling into my practice for those who request it, as this is my practice of faith and I have additional training in this faith perspective. I will respect your religious views and not impose my religious views into your counselling goals. I have placed a tab for my Christian clients use and it is not meant to promote my religious views at all. Faith-based counselling does not involve promoting and stimulating religious practices or adoption of the therapist’s religious views, but it represents a solid starting point in terms of moral values for further psychological interventions and recovery.  This form of counselling enables more effective problem solving because it places the therapist and the client on the same track in terms of personal spiritual beliefs.  I encourage clients to explore the idea that balance in emotional and mental healing are not solely related to the addressing of the specific problem for which they chose to enter the counselling relationship; rather, being able to approach completeness in healing must incorporate the multiple dimensions of the person, which includes spirituality. 

Family Systems Therapy

Family systems therapy is based on the idea that individuals are best understood through assessing the entire family.  The family is an interactional unit and a change in one member effects all members. Family therapists believe that an individuals relations have more impact in their lives than any one therapist could. The family therapist uses the systemic perspective, it believes that individuals may carry a symptom for the entire family, and an individuals functioning is a manifestation of the way a family functions. Individuals can have symptoms existing independently from the family members but these symptoms always have ramifications for family members.  Family therapists will change the system in order to change the individuals. They do so by changing dysfunctional patterns of relating and creating functional ways of interacting.  Families so profoundly affect their member’s thoughts, feelings, and actions that it often seems as if people are living under the same “emotional skin.” People solicit each other’s attention, approval, and support and react to each other’s needs, expectations, and upsets. The connectedness and reactivity make the functioning of family members interdependent.