Person-centered therapy encourages self discovery. We are 100% of the time either in judgement mode or empathy mode- we cannot be in both. A person-centered therapist is mindful of the mode they occupy while in session to support empathetic listening.
Person-centered therapy is talk therapy where the person seeking support is given space to talk. The therapist encourages self-discovery and insights. In other words, the therapist acts as a mirror for your thoughts, and a memory to identify your patterns. The client-focused process facilitates self-discovery, self-acceptance, and provides the means towards healing and positive growth.
Trauma-focused therapy recognizes that trauma is not an isolated moment in one’s life, but an event which has implications on how one experiences their world including grief, shame, pain and external stimuli. Our trauma-focused therapist is skilled and experienced in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) such as sexual, psychical, emotional, and spiritual violence, as well as the symptoms of trauma such as eating disorders, autoimmune disorders, and relationship fractures.
The six key principles to trauma-informed approach include:
Safety: Creating space where people feel culturally, emotionally, physically and spiritually safe, as well as an awareness of potential discomfort and unease.
Transparency: This means not catching those seeking support off-guard by providing full and accurate information about what is happening in session, and what to expect in the future.
Choice: This principle recognizes that ‘yes’, and only ‘yes’, means yes. People seeking support lead the pacing and subject matter of the sessions.
Collaboration and Mutuality: This principle recognizes that healing happens in relationships with shared decision-making.
Empowerment: A fundamental part of progress is recognizing progress. Empowerment is about validating strengths and building upon them.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) rests on the idea that thoughts and perceptions influence behavior. CBT aims to identify harmful thoughts, assess whether they are an accurate depiction of reality, and if they are not, employ strategies to challenge and overcome them. Evidence has mounted that CBT can benefit numerous conditions, such as major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
CBT involves a limited number of structures sessions which include psycho-education, skill-building exercises, and take home assignments. Successful CBT requires a commitment to structure. During our consultation, we will determine if CBT is an intervention which bet suits your needs and goals.