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The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

-Carl Rogers

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What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

CBT posits that our cognitions (thoughts), behaviours and emotions are all linked together.  Unfortunately, we don’t have direct control over our emotions. If anyone has ever given you the advice “Just don’t worry about it!” then you know that trying to just change an emotion is a difficult feat.  Fortunately, we do have…

What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)?

EMDR was originally developed for PTSD.  It can be used to help people manage difficulties associated with any trauma, even when a client does not meet criteria for a PTSD diagnosis.  Additionally, research shows it is beneficial for anxiety, chronic pain, phobias, grief…

What is Mindfulness?

First, it is important to understand our body’s stress response in order to understand the benefits of mindfulness.  When we are feeling emotional stress or anxiety, our body often responds.  Stress triggers our body’s Fight-Flight-Freeze response and releases stress hormones into our bloodstream….

What is Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT)?

In EFT, the relationship itself is the client.  Couples can get into ineffective behavioural patterns of how they relate to one another. EFT posits that there are reasons for why these behaviours exist, and therapy involves uncovering these reasons

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is an evidence-based mental and physical health treatment that makes use of specific strategies of hypnotic induction (or heightened focus and concentration on one’s senses) to induce a relaxed or calm state during therapy by a trained professional…

What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?

In DBT treatment, a client is taught “opposing” strategies – acceptance and change. DBT helps clients to find a way to accept and validate their current experiences and behaviours, and also discover ways….

What is Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)?

CPT treatment is a trauma-focused approach that is designed to help individuals challenge and reframe their existing beliefs about their trauma. This treatment can help people reprocess a traumatic event, confront and challenge long-held beliefs and assumptions…

What is Polyvagal Theory?

Polyvagal Theory is an approach that was designed to help understand trauma. The theory stems from understanding the body’s vagus nerve, which is the longest cranial nerve in the human body! This nerve is the main link to the body’s autonomic nervous system. Essentially…

What is the "Flash" Technique (FT)?

The “Flash” Technique (FT) is an approach that originated from the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) intervention. Similarly to EMDR, FT is an intervention designed to help an individual reprocess past trauma (i.e. distressing memories and life events)….

What is Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)?

Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is based on the concept that the mind is naturally composed of multiple sub-personalities, called “parts”. Each part has its own viewpoint and qualities. These parts interact within each…