Online Psychotherapy Across Ontario

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Therapy Modalities

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a therapeutic approach that blends acceptance and mindfulness techniques with commitment and behaviour-change strategies. It focuses on helping people embrace their thoughts, feelings, and emotions rather than suppressing, avoiding, or controlling them. Rather than focusing on what is outside of your control, you’ll instead focus on what you can personally control. ACT is beneficial for a variety of mental health conditions, including trauma, chronic pain, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, depression, and stress. It is also a fundamental tool to improve overall well-being. With the help of therapy, you’ll gain confidence in your ability to handle thoughts and feelings without needing to control them.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a highly effective psychotherapy approach focused on helping individuals identify and manage the underlying causes of their mental and emotional struggles. CBT is one of the most widely used and researched evidence-based therapies. With its application used to reduce symptoms associated with a range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, eating disorders, and substance abuse, CBT is practical and offers concrete tools to help us examine the relationship between our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in order to help individuals gain insight into how their thoughts have a powerful effect on their feelings and behaviours. By challenging our thoughts and replacing them with adaptive, realistic, helpful thoughts, we can feel empowered to make lasting changes in our lives.

Cognitive Processing Therapy

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a type of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy commonly used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and other trauma. CPT works by focusing on changing thoughts and beliefs related to the distressing traumatic experience or event. When working with a therapist, you’ll identify and challenge negative thought patterns and work to replace them with more balanced ones. Oftentimes, you will write about the event so that you can process and make sense of the traumatic experience. As a result of CPT, you may experience improved emotional regulation, increased self-esteem, and greater control over your emotions.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, is a type of therapy that has been scientifically proven to help individuals struggling with a variety of mental health issues. DBT is focused on skills training in four distinct areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. DBT is widely used in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, issues with emotional regulation and relational problems. With the help of a qualified therapist, clients can learn specific and concrete skills used to manage difficult situations, cope with intense emotions, and develop healthier relationships. DBT can be an incredibly powerful tool for those who are looking to gain control over their mental health and live a more fulfilling life.

Ego State Psychotherapy

Ego State Psychotherapy, sometimes referred to as Parts Work Therapy, was developed to help people understand themselves at a deeper level and to reduce the inner conflicts between the many different parts of ourselves or ‘ego states’, and to create an inner sense of harmony and balance. By identifying and exploring different ego states, understanding their roles and integrating them into our whole system, we can experience deep emotional healing and self-awareness, thereby strengthening our sense of self. This type of therapy is used for individuals struggling with a variety of mental health issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, addictions, and eating disorders. Ego State Psychotherapy allows us to get in touch with different parts of ourselves, including our younger selves and inner child, and helps us foster a sense of self-compassion, nurturing, protection, love, security, and validation for ourselves.

Emotion Focused Therapy

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is a powerful, evidence-based approach, focused on helping individuals recognize and process their emotions. Based on attachment theory, EFT helps us explore underlying patterns of emotion so we can gain insight into our behaviours and thoughts. EFT is best known for its effective treatment in couples therapy to help strengthen the emotional bond in our relationships, however, its use is widely applied and helps individuals heal from trauma, anxiety, depression, and to repair family bonds. Through this therapy, clients can learn to express and manage their emotions in a healthy way, resulting in lasting positive changes in relationships, and improved mental health and overall wellbeing.

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that integrates the mind and body to heal from symptoms and effects of psychological trauma. EMDR uses guided bilateral stimulation, for example, eye movements, as part of reprocessing disturbing memories in the brain to reduce symptoms of trauma, anxiety, depression, and fears. Recognized by international organizations as an effective therapy treatment, EMDR is used for a variety of mental health issues and concerns, such as trauma, anxiety, panic disorder, depression, OCD, phobias, as well as to repair and strengthen self-esteem and self-worth.

Humanistic Therapy

With Humanistic Therapy, the focus is on what makes an individual unique, their creativity, and strengths. It is a powerful approach to gaining a deeper understanding of oneself and can lead to greater connection, meaning, improved self-esteem, and clarity in making life decisions. It is commonly used to address concerns such as anxiety, depression, stress, and relationship issues. In Humanistic Therapy, the therapist provides an empathetic and non-judgemental environment to express oneself and explore feelings, thoughts, and behaviours. This can lead to improved self-awareness, personal growth, and increased overall well-being.

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy based on the idea that the mind is made up of multiple sub-personalities or “parts”. Each of these parts has its own viewpoints, emotions, and characteristics. In IFS Therapy, the therapist will help the client identify and understand parts of themselves that make them whole. By deepening the relationship with parts, the goal is to gain insight, understand how and why certain parts came into existence, and heal past experiences that continue to cause present-day distress and self-harming behaviours. IFS is a highly effective, compassionate approach for a variety of concerns, including trauma, depression, anxiety, addictions, self-harm, dissociative disorders, attachment issues and interpersonal relationships. This treatment method is also effective for personal growth, self-understanding, and self-development. IFS can help us foster self-compassion as a way to experience deep emotional healing, re-harmonize our inner system, and bring into balance our emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing.

Mindfulness-Based Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Therapy is a therapeutic approach that integrates mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It aims to help individuals cultivate awareness and acceptance of their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. The goal of Mindfulness-Based Therapy is to reduce the distress caused by thoughts, emotions, and experiences to improve overall well-being. Learning and applying mindfulness exercises and approaches in session and in your daily life can include breathing exercises, visualizations, mindful movement, and body scans. As part of Mindfulness-Based Therapy, you may be asked to work towards identifying and challenging negative thought patterns so you can develop positive coping skills. This modality is used for a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, stress, depression, and chronic pain. Incorporating mindfulness into our lives can help us live with a greater sense of ease, relaxation, and improved self-esteem and self-confidence.

Narrative Therapy

With Narrative Therapy, you will focus on the stories you create about yourself, your experiences, and others. To create change, you will work towards rewriting these stories to be more empowering and positive. This can ultimately impact your overall quality of life and the strength of the relationships you have with others. With a therapist, you will explore your life experiences to uncover how they have shaped both your beliefs and identity. Narrative Therapy is often used for anxiety, depression, and trauma, but it may also be used for a variety of other mental health concerns. As a result of Narrative Therapy, you may feel a greater sense of control over your life and have a new perspective on past experiences.

Play Therapy

Play Therapy is most often used with children and involves using play as a way for children to communicate and express themselves. Kids naturally use play to explore their environment and emotions. Thus, it is a great way to help children express their feelings and work through psychological issues. As part of play therapy, the therapist may use a variety of materials and techniques that are engaging for children. For example, puppets, dolls, art materials, or sand play. It is used in both individual and group settings for various mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and behavioural difficulties, and can be used in individual or group therapy settings.

Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)

Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges as part of the Polyvagal Theory, The Safe and Sound Protocol is a therapeutic intervention designed to reduce stress and anxiety while helping individuals regulate their emotional and physiological responses. The Polyvagal Theory proposes that the autonomic nervous system has three branches, with the ventral vagal branch being associated with social engagement and regulation. The Safe and Sound Protocol aims to stimulate the neural pathways of the ventral vagal system through specific auditory stimuli and involves listening to specially processed music that is designed to train the auditory system to better process and respond to human speech and other social cues. The Safe and Sound Protocol can be a beneficial therapeutic tool for individuals with various challenges, including autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, anxiety, trauma, and other conditions affecting social engagement and emotional regulation.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered approach used to treat and heal symptoms resulting from trauma and attachment issues. During a session, the therapist guides an individual by helping them focus on the physical sensations, impulses, and movements that come up in connection to certain emotions or memories. Understanding that our bodies hold on to trauma, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy uses somatic interventions to help people recalibrate their nervous system and rewire instinctual reactions to triggers. Benefits include being able to resolve traumatic memories, having increased awareness of your internal experience, and feeling more ease, relaxed, and balanced emotionally, physically, and mentally.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a collaborative approach to therapy that focuses on identifying and achieving goals in the present while keeping the future in mind. SFBT incorporates positive psychology to help people focus on solutions rather than problems. This treatment method is widely used to help people with a range of psychological and emotional conditions such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and relationship issues. It is based on the belief that clients are experts in their own lives and have the capacity to resolve their own issues. By focusing on what is working and what can be changed, SFBT offers a positive outlook and a sense of empowerment that can help clients achieve their desired outcomes quickly and efficiently.

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