CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps us become aware of our thoughts. The purpose of therapy is to challenge and change thoughts and behaviours that are distorted or unhelpful. In turn, this creates positive feelings.  Research shows that CBT is effective, especially when the client practices coping strategies and problem-solving.  Ultimately, the person will be able to face new stressors with confidence and success.

Systems Approach

When working with families I note that the client is the family, not individual members.  I explore family processes, i.e., how members communicate, solve problems, and function in the same home.  To improve interactions and facilitate harmony it is often necessary to create an "imbalance" to the old family system - and then teach effective interpersonal skills, perspective-taking and prosocial behaviours.

Mindfulness

Mind-body connection has been shown empirically to improve mood and alleviate physical pain and distress. Meditation exercises and relaxation training are used in my clinic for clients who present with significant anxiety and/or have difficulty regulating emotions. Mindfulness is not a religion; it is a way of life that involves being in the moment, remaining nonjudgmental, and working towards mental well-being.

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