Adolescents, Adults, Young Adults
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, People with Disabilities
Cognitive/Cognitive-Behavioral, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Existential/Humanistic, Feminist
For most of my clients, they need a private, non-judgmental space to process things happening in the past or the present, and at the same time are looking to learn new skills to improve their quality of life. The balance of how much each person needs is a bit different. Some of the theoretical orientations that I draw from include CBT and DBT, which work from the perspective that thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are closely linked together. CBT and DBT both involving learning new skills and being supported to examine our own patterns of thought and behaviour to untangle them from how they might be impacting our emotions. I also draw from narrative therapy, which involves looking at the stories we tell ourselves about who we are and what the world is like, and figuring out if those stories are helpful or unhelpful, and in some cases finding new ways to tell those stories.