- Emotional and cognitive behavioral therapy (processing of emotions, limiting beliefs, practicing new habits)
- Couples therapy (safe attachment, transitions – moving together, newborn, etc.)
- Parental counseling for children & adolescents (bullying, bereavement, teenage anxiety & depression, etc)
- Individual & Family trauma therapy (suicide, depression, anxiety, bereavement, abuse & violence, severe illness)
- Crisis management (suicidal attempts, panic attacks, burn out, natural disaster)
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psycho-social intervention that aims to improve mental health. CBT focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes) and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. Originally, it was designed to treat depression, but its uses have been expanded to include treatment of a number of mental health conditions, including anxiety. CBT includes a number of cognitive or behaviour psychotherapies that treat defined psychopathologies using evidence-based techniques and strategies.
CBT is based on the combination of the basic principles from behavioral and cognitive psychology. It is different from historical approaches to psychotherapy, such as the psychoanalytic approach where the therapist looks for the unconscious meaning behind the behaviors and then formulates a diagnosis. Instead, CBT is a “problem-focused” and “action-oriented” form of therapy, meaning it is used to treat specific problems related to a diagnosed mental disorder. The therapist’s role is to assist the client in finding and practicing effective strategies to address the identified goals and decrease symptoms of the disorder. CBT is based on the belief that thought distortions and maladaptive behaviors play a role in the development and maintenance of psychological disorders, and that symptoms and associated distress can be reduced by teaching new information-processing skills and coping mechanisms.
Clinical trauma Specialist certification allows working knowledge of how to engage in the process of trauma treatment. Focusing not only on interventions, but how to sequence the interventions to maximize outcomes.
There is focus on common symptoms and factors for healing traumatic stress, evidence-based-interventions, the importance of therapeutic relationship and positive expectancy (relational factors) for positive outcomes in treatment, role of reciprocal inhibition, relaxation, self-regulation, exposure and narrative in the treatment of traumatic stress. Compare and contrast evidence-based-interventions, common factors, and emerging trends for effective treatment of traumatic stress
We will be using as needed, some somatic practices to help with: depression, fears and phobias, stress, pain management, anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, anger management, weight loss, insomnia.