Therapeutic Approach

We have all had experiences that have left us feeling uncomfortable, sad, angry or have been in situations where we don’t know how or what to feel. Understanding emotions is difficult! Through conversation, we will delve into what is going on in your world and discover what underlying forces may be driving your experience. There may be circumstances where you may be experiencing one or more of the following:

  • Grief and loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Relationship issues or barriers
  • Questions with cultural identity

Over time, we will uncover the root of what is happening and help you apply strategies that work best for you.

Person-centred Therapy

Person-centred therapy, developed by the humanistic-oriented Carl Rogers, is a holistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy. Instead of starting with a real or perceived issue or problem (i.e., anxiety or depression) and trying to “solve” it, person-centred therapy works to enhance your capacity and desire for personal growth and change. By enhancing personal growth and awareness, it is easier to manage symptoms of mental distress.

Through this therapeutic approach, we will strive to uncover your full potential using empathy and unconditional acceptance. As we work collaboratively with this approach, you will have the freedom to share and explore your feelings, thoughts, and actions. This openness leads to a deeper understanding of the “why” and allows you to grow and move towards new possibilities that align with your values and beliefs.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on identifying and changing inaccurate or problematic thinking patterns that lead to destructive (or challenging) situations in life.
Through CBT, we will work collaboratively to help you see these situations more clearly and ways of responding to them more effectively and efficiently.

CBT is a popular and effective approach to help anyone learn how to better manage life’s stressful situations. This focused, goal-oriented approach is effective in treating many conditions, including, but not limited to:

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Addiction

Using CBT, you will learn to recognize that while you cannot control the world around you, you can manage your actions and perceptions of what is happening. Through this awareness, you will essentially learn to be your own therapist, effectively guiding yourself through stressful or uncomfortable situations as they arise. In this, you develop a better sense of control over your own life and learn how you can best respond to the uncertainties of life.

Existential Therapy

Existential therapy was primarily developed from existential philosophies of the mid-20th century. This form of therapy focusses on the concepts of finding meaning and purpose in life. Today, we are inundated with situations and products (e.g., cell phones, computers) that are supposed to make our lives easier and help provide us with more time to do other things. But what are those other things? Do they make us feel important or connected to others? Do they give meaning to our lives and our existence? By incorporating existential concepts, we will explore new ways of thinking about the world in a therapeutic context.

If you are struggling or pondering questions relating to meaning and purpose, then existential therapy may be the most effective approach for you. Existential therapy assumes that we strive to live “meaningful” lives. Each person’s definition of “meaningful” will be different, and that’s OK. We will work to figure out what that means for you.

Existential therapy recognizes that everyone is free to make their own decisions and choices. It may be uncomfortable at times, but it is often these uncomfortable moments that give us insight into what is really troubling us. By delving into what can be “tough conversations” and by attempting to answer these “tough questions”, we move toward a more “authentic” and free existence. Existential therapy can be most effective when you can’t quite seem to fill the “void” in life or when something “seems to be missing”. If you seek a deeper meaning and purpose in life, then existential therapy may be for you.