Therapeutic Approaches

Many counsellors use specific therapeutic approaches in their work with clients.  How I work with you depends on your needs and goals.  The therapeutic approaches I may use in our work are:

Person-Centered Therapy

An approach that focuses on creating an environment in which a person does not feel threatened or judged.  This type of environment can allow a person to accept themselves more, find solutions to concerns, and move towards their potential.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

An approach that helps individuals change how they think and behave.  CBT focuses on the present and how our thoughts and attitudes impact our actions which impacts our emotions.  CBT can help people look at their lives and situations in a different way.

Dialetical Behavior Therapy

An approach that focuses on learning new ways of coping with emotions.  Skills for living in the present, increasing tolerance for distress, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness are central to this approach.

Self-Relations Therapy

An approach that focuses on the relationship a person has with themselves and being more connected in this relationship.

Emotion-Focused Therapy

An approach that helps people accept, express, regulate, make sense of and respond to their emotions.

Solution-Focused Therapy

A goal oriented therapy in which the focus is on finding solutions to concerns.  This therapy looks at present problems and how to solve them in a healthy way.

Narrative Therapy

An approach that helps people identify their values, skills, and knowledge.  There is a strong focus on separating the person from the problem so the person can address concerns in a more productive way.