Therapeutic Approaches

Focusing-Oriented Therapy

Often, especially with long-standing or particularly “sticky” issues, we have repeatedly thought about and talked through the problem over and over without reaching a satisfactory solution or conclusion. In such cases, a focusing-oriented approach can provide a completely new way of approaching the problem.

Focusing-oriented therapy invites you to access your physical sensation and or overall bodily experience of an issue, as opposed to simply responding with your thoughts or feelings about it. By exploring the physical response to trauma or events that give rise to anxiety or other troubling emotions through Focusing-Oriented Therapy in a safe context and with the guidance of a counsellor, often problems can be explored and resolved. In such cases a focusing-oriented approach can provide a completely new way of approaching the problem, and in turn allow you to discover fresh perspectives on the problem or even solutions.

Narrative Therapy

A narrative approach puts forth that we make meaning of our lives and experiences through stories. Narrative Therapy is a collaborative and empowering approach to counselling that centres you, the client, as the expert on your own life.

Narratives shape our understanding of who we are and where we have been. Personal narratives are often influenced by family experience, cultural context, and societal pressures — influences that don’t always reflect our own values. A narrative approach can help you deconstruct stories that no longer serve you, understand how these have affected you, and move towards construct new narratives that empower you to live a life more in line with your own dreams and values.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps bring awareness to automatic thought processes (often split-second interpretations about the meaning of what happens around us), and teaches how changing our relationship with our thoughts can help change our feelings and behaviours.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common type of talk therapy, or psychotherapy. Effective with those struggling with PTSD, depression, and anxiety, and eating disorders,CBT can help individuals view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. However, this approach is beneficial for anyone seeking to help bring awareness of inaccurate or negative thinking, and is proven way to help manage many of life’s stresses.

A Mindfulness-Based Approach

A Mindfulness-Based Approach incorporates aspects of meditative practice, breath work, and the cultivation of a mindful way of being, which can increase one’s ability to cope while decreasing stress and anxiety.