Counselling Approaches

Cognitive Behavioural Theory

A model of therapy that focuses on how thoughts cause feelings and behaviours. It is a mode of short-term therapy that creates awareness of thinking patterns, triggers, and negative self talk. Clients are encouraged to set goals, and create methods to reach these goals is the focal point of each session.

Energy Psychology

A method of mind-body therapy to address issues of disruption in the energy that runs through and around the body. These disruptions may cause emotional distress, negative thinking, and unwanted behaviors. Energy psychology methods include working with human energy systems using meridians, eye movements (EMDR), or emotional freedom therapy (EFT). Rapid and significant changes occur on the neurological level. Using these methods, clients are able to decrease fears and phobias, heal trauma, reduce anxiety and depression, release limiting beliefs, and overcome addictions. Energy Psychology encompasses traditional healing methods and traditions that provide relief from mind-body distress.

Family Systems Theory

Therapeutic approach to understand and make peace with emotional issues carried from the past, to enhance a sense of connection and intimacy to the present. It involves the process of rethinking the family story, and connecting emotional circumstances of the past with present relationships. To create an understanding of what an individual brings from their own family past, which may have a powerful effect on what they define as the problem and how they try to resolve it. By understanding and making peace with the emotional issues carried from the past, individuals are able to evolve and cope with present circumstances from a position of strength and courage.

Solution Focused Therapy

A brief, short-term model of therapy that focuses on individual strengths. The focus is on what the client wants to achieve in therapy rather than the problem that made them seek help. The focus is on the present and the future. The sessions use respectful curiosity, and invite each client to envision a preferred future, and together start moving towards it. Clients begin to understand that change is constant. By identifying individual strengths, clients come to understand that they have the power and control to create change. Through solution focused therapy, individuals are able to create a preferred future for themselves. Individuals are able to identify areas in their current lives that are similar to this preferred future. Individuals are able to identify success in their lives, which allows them to repeat these successful behaviors with a new awareness and strength.