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Common areas addressed include:
Types of therapy offered include:
is a method of therapy that attempts to separate the young person from their problem. It encourages clients to rely on their own skill sets to minimize the problems that exist in their everyday lives and It holds the belief that one’s identity is formed by one’s experiences or narratives. Since the problem is seen as separate from the child or youth, a therapist can help to externalize sensitive issues.
is a type of psycho-therapeutic treatment that helps clients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of difficulties including phobias, addictions, depression and anxiety. It is typically short-term and focuses on helping clients deal with a very specific problem. During the course of treatment, children and youth learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on emotions and behaviour.
is a specific type of cognitive behavioural therapy. This approach is best suited for youth who are prone to react in a more intense way toward certain emotional situations, primarily occurring in family and friend relationships. In these situations, emotional arousal levels can increase more quickly than usual and it can take a significant amount of time for the young person to calm down. DBT is a method for teaching skills that help the individua tolerate and cope with the mood swings associated with these sudden, intense surges of emotion.
is generally employed with children aged 3 through 11. This type of therapy provides the child with a forum to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, therapist-guided, self-healing process. As children’s experiences and knowledge are often communicated through play, it becomes an important vehicle for them to know and accept themselves and others.
Mindfulness means living in the moment. It is a state of active, open attention and focuses on the present moment in time. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, with acceptance rather than judging them as good or bad. This technique is helpful in the treatment of anxiety and depression.
is an approach based on the premise that emotions are the key to our identity. They guide our choices and decision-making. Specifically, our emotions provide us with important information and when we lack emotional awareness or tend to avoid unpleasant emotions, this can be harmful to us. Using emotion-focused therapy the individual is taught to become more aware of his or her emotions, and then learns how to clearly describe and regulate these feelings.
Is a future focused, goal directed therapy that focuses on solutions to problems. This approach empowers the client and is based on the assumption that every individual who seeks help already possesses the minimal skills necessary to create solutions. The focus is placed on finding solutions in the present and exploring one’s hope for the future in order to gain quicker resolution of problems. This Approach is used to treat individuals of all ages and presenting with a variety of issues including child behaviour difficulties, family dysfunction and relationship problems. Goal-setting is at the foundation of SFBT including identifying and clarifying goals.
is a type of therapy that focuses on improving specific behaviours such as social skills and communication skills. ABA also helps transfer skills and behaviour from one situation to another. It is commonly practiced as a therapeutic intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), however it can also be used to address a variety of behaviour concerns that can occur in the home and/or school environment(s).