Approaches Used

While therapy is different for each individual, there are specific approaches/orientations psychologists are trained in. At our clinic we have training in the following:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT focus is on teaching you to accept what is in your control and to let go of the things that are not. Its aim is to maximize your potential for a meaningful life. Key components of ACT include incorporating mindfulness, present moment awareness, and incorporation of values into your daily life.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a therapy that focuses specifically on getting to know how your thoughts influence your feelings and behaviours. It focuses in on those critical negative messages we say to ourselves, and the negative beliefs we have, and provides ways to alter these messages. It also provides a framework to connect emotions, thoughts and behaviours together.

Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT – Alyssa specialty)

EFT focuses on connecting you to your emotions in a curious and valuable way. This approach facilitates understanding around the critical functions that emotions serve which also helps to cultivate a deeper insight around their influence on ourselves and our environment. Through this process, we learn to develop tolerance and acceptance for painful emotions, while utilizing them in a way that can transcend our healing journey.

Hypnotherapy (Dr. Terilyn Pott)

I am trained in the strategic use of hypnosis to help with specific concerns, such as depression, phobias and anxiety. Hypnosis focuses on getting you in a relaxed state in order to help discuss your present concerns more flexibly, and can help you see your struggles in a new and different way.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR-Dr. Terilyn Pott and Kaitlin)

 EMDR was developed by Shapiro (2001) and uses bilateral movements throughout the process of attending to emotionally disturbing events from ones life in brief doses. The process of reliving events while focusing on external stimulus are thought to help create new associations and decrease the bodies response to the memory. Please click here for a video that gives more information about EMDR.