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Therapy is a form of treatment used to alleviate emotional distress and address an array of mental health concerns. Therapy can be delivered by a number of trained professionals including psychologists, social workers, or licensed counsellors and the goal of therapy is to provide a safe space to share experiences, difficulties, barriers, and stressors to begin exploring ways of understanding oneself on a deeper level.
Therapy can be used for individuals, couples, and families to develop more helpful ways of functioning in one or more areas of their lives. The most important factor of therapy is that the client and therapist work collaboratively and are able to observe improvement and positive change over time.
Therapy is not advice giving or fixing. Therapy is not only for those who have been “diagnosed” or have extreme mental health issues. Therapy can be for anyone needing an impartial person to listen and understand; to be a fellow traveler on this journey to wellness and offer new insights and perspectives.
Most people, regardless of the challenges they face, can benefit from an impartial person to listen and guide them. Unfortunately, there are many myths and stigma surrounding therapy and mental health in general, making it difficult to make the decision to seek therapy.
To decide if therapy would be beneficial for you, consider whether you are feeling sad, anxious, irritable, and/or overwhelmed more often than not. If so, therapy could be helpful by providing emotional support and helping develop tools to care for your mental health. If you are having difficulties with life transitions, difficulties in your relationship, feeling stuck in your career, or are concerned about substance use, therapy could be helpful. Also, if you are grieving or feeling hopeless or suicidal, therapy can be a non-judgmental, supportive and safe place to talk.
There are many different types of therapy and the specific therapeutic methods used in the clinic are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT).
ACT strives to increase psychological flexibility and supports people to get unstuck; to continue to move forward in the face of difficulties and change the relationship between themselves and their suffering. In ACT, we believe that “pain is inevitable and suffering is optional.” Often, it is our misalignment with our core values that contributes to our suffering, and with ACT we re-discover your values and practice living in alignment with them.
SFT believes that each person has their own unique experiences, values, beliefs, and skills. It is the job of the therapist to ask interesting questions that will help you discover or re-discover your strengths to move towards your best life. Together, we uncover your resources that you may have misplaced and build them up to empower you to move forward.
A 15 minute session
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A 50 minute session