counselling approaches


Counselling Approaches Include:

 Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)  to:

  • reduce the intensity of anxiety, worry or stress
  • challenge negative thinking patterns, pessimism, and cope with depression
  • develop skills to feel less embarrassment, social anxiety or fearful in public settings 
  •  manage symptoms of trauma 

Dialectical Behavior Informed Skills Training (DBT-A)  to:

  • tolerate and manage intense emotions, such as depression, anxiety or anger
  • develop and maintain healthy relationships with family, friends or partners
  • learn how to be “present” and relax when faced with stressful situations to learn effective skills to solve problems, cope with uncertainty and tolerate distress

Motivational Interviewing/Addictions Counselling to:

  •  reduce or abstain from substance abuse or gaming
  •  develop skills to prevent relapse 
  •  cope with cravings and withdrawal symptoms 

Interpersonal Psychotherapy  to:

  •  to develop communication skills and confidence to feel less isolated or withdrawn 
  • to learn about feelings and think about how interpersonal events or conflicts might affect emotions and self-esteem 

Trauma-Focused CBT to: 

  • support teens and young adults who have experienced a single or repeated experience of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse and/or who have developed post-traumatic symptoms, such as depression or anxiety - as a result of the loss of a loved one or exposure to violence in the home or in the community

Family Support and Education to:

  •  learn effective parenting practices to help your loved one cope with anxiety, depression, school refusal or substance abuse, etc.
  • access supportive counselling for loved ones (including siblings) 
  • navigate additional services and supports for you or your loved one