Therapy Approaches

Stacey and her team have been trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches to suit your needs

Therapy Approaches
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is based on the cognitive model: the way we perceive situations influences how we feel emotionally.  These perceptions are created through our current situations and past life experiences and are discussed, examined and tested in session and through life work. CBT has been thoroughly researched and has been scientifically proven to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials for many different disorders. In the 1960s, Dr. Aaron Beck developed cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) or cognitive therapy.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a form of CBT that works specifically on skill building in relation to interpersonal relationships, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and mindfulness. DBT was developed in the late 1980s by Dr. Marsha Linehan.

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

CFT is a form of evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) that integrates the neuroscience of positive emotion and includes methods derived from Buddhist psychology. CFT was founded in 2000 by Dr. Paul Gilbert. 

Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)

PE therapy is a form of evidenced based trauma-focused therapy which is highly effective in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  In PE we gradually approach trauma-related memories, situations and emotions that have been avoided since the trauma.  By doing this, symptoms of PTSD decrease. PE was developed by Dr.  Edna Foa and colleagues in 1991.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

EMDR is a form of evidenced based trauma-focused therapy that is structured and interactive and is highly effective in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  In EMDR we address three time periods; the past, present and future through exposure to memories and emotions while simultaneously stimulating eye movements or other bilateral stimulation.  The bilateral stimulus of EMDR allow a person's body and brain to "digest, process or metabolize" the effects of the negative traumatic experience.  By doing this, symptoms of PTSD decrease. Dr. Francine Shapiro developed EMDR in 1987.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

CPT is a form of evidenced based trauma-focused therapy which is highly effective in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  In CPT we approach trauma-related memories, situations and emotions that have felt "stuck" since the trauma occurred and help you balance your views of the world prior to and after the trauma.  CPT is a therapy in which a person works to change problematic types of thinking and then applies beneficial patterns of thinking gained to their real-world experiences, which serve to reduced the symptoms of trauma. CPT was developed by Dr. Patricia Resick in 1988. 

 Brainspotting 

Brainspotting Therapy™ (BSP) is a therapeutic process that uses specific points in the client’s visual field to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. BSP uses relevant eye positions, somatic awareness, focused mindfulness and the therapist’s attunement to process and release the stored traumas which underlie a wide range of emotional and physical problems. It is a brain-body based treatment which integrates well with other types of therapies. Often brainspotting is used in conjunction with bilateral sound - music or nature sounds which move back and forth between right and left ears, which balances activation of the right and left brain hemispheres and activates the parasympathetic, or calming, part of the nervous system. Brainspotting therapy was developed in 2003 by Dr David Grand, an EMDR therapist and relational analyst.