Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

“The roots of resilience…are to be found in the sense of being understood by and existing in the mind and heart of a loving, attuned, and self-possessed other.” Diana Fosha Tweet AEDP is a modality created by Diana Fosha that integrates elements from experiential therapies such as EFT and sensorimotor psychotherapy. It maintains a here-and-now … Read more

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

“It’s no surprise that life is richer and more fulfilling when we actively invest our time and energy in the things that are most important or meaningful to us. Yet all too often our attempts to avoid unpleasant feelings get in the way of doing what we truly value” Russ Harris, The Happiness Trap Tweet … Read more

Adlerian Therapy

“To see with the eyes of another, to hear with the ears of another, to feel with the heart of another. For the time being, this seems to me an admissible definition of what we call social feeling.” Alfred Adler Tweet Adlerian Therapy was created by Alfred Adler in 1912 and focuses on social relatedness … Read more

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)? CBT is an evidence-based therapy used to reduce distress and improve your ability to function. CBT techniques teach you to inspect and alter the way you think and behave to change the way you feel.  This approach is based on the assumption that our thoughts about a situation, our … Read more

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

“It is hard to be happy without a life worth living. This is a fundamental tenet of DBT. Of course, all lives are worth living in reality. No life is not worth living. But what is important is that you experience your life as worth living—one that is satisfying, and one that brings happiness.”  Marsha … Read more

Emotionally Focused Therapy

“The most functional way to regulate difficult emotions in love relationships is to share them” Sue Johnson Tweet Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy was developed by Sue Johnson as a way of applying the science of emotions and attachment to help couples heal their troubled relationships. Theory The science of attachment suggests that when one has … Read more

Emotion-Focused Therapy

“While thinking usually changes thoughts, only feeling can change emotions” Les Greenberg Tweet Emotion-Focused Therapy for individuals is a modality that approaches therapy as an experiential process, wherein change occurs through processing emotions in new ways and moving through defenses and secondary emotions to reach the core of one’s experience. Theory A basic assumption of … Read more

Existential Therapy

“To care of another individual means to know and to experience the other as fully as possible” Irvin D. Yalom, Existential Psychotherapy Tweet Existential Therapy is an approach that emerged from the works of existential philosophers such as Heidegger, Kierkegaard, and Nietzche. It focuses on what it means to be human and therapy aims to … Read more

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

“EMDR loosens up something in the mind/brain that gives people rapid access to loosely associated memories and images from their past. This seems to help them put the traumatic experience into a larger context or perspective.” Bessel van der Kolk Tweet EMDR was developed in the 1980’s by Francine Shapiro after a chance discovery that … Read more

Gestalt

“Awareness in itself is healing” Fritz Perls Tweet Gestalt therapy was initially developed by Fritz Perls (1893-1970). Inspired by studies of cognition which suggested that humans combine discrete elements into meaningful wholes to create the experience of perception, he applied this finding to the process of psychotherapy. Perls suggested that a sense of wholeness and … Read more

Gottman Couples Therapy

“Friendship fuels the flames of romance because it offers the best protection against feeling adversarial toward your spouse.” John Gottman Tweet Gottman Couples Therapy was developed by John and Julie Gottman based on John’s extensive research on couples. John coded everyday interactions between real partners to determine the strongest predictors of whether or not a … Read more

Mindfulness

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. This kind of attention nurtures greater awareness, clarity, and acceptance of the present-moment reality. It wakes u up to the fact that our lives unfold only in moments If we are not fully present for many of those moments, … Read more

Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy suggests that distress can often result from people identifying so much with the problems they struggle with that it becomes difficult to separate it from who they are. In Narrative therapy, problems are externalized and viewed as ‘stories’ and opportunities are created for these stories to be rewritten in ways that are more … Read more

Observed Experiential Integration (OEI)

OEI is an approach to treating trauma that was developed by Rick Bradshaw and Audrey Cook in the mid 1990’s. It involves observing the emotions, thoughts, memories and perceptions that arise while alternately covering each eye, a process that has been found to aid in integration of unprocessed trauma. OEI evolved out of EMDR and … Read more

Person-Centered Therapy

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person Tweet Person-Centred Therapy is an approach first created by Carl Rogers. He believed in “unconditional positive regard”, or the view that people are inherently good and capable of positive change given the … Read more

Play Therapy with Children

“Play is the child’s symbolic language of self-expression and can reveal (a) what the child has experienced; (b) reactions to what was experienced; (c) feelings about what was experienced; (d) what the child wishes, wants, or needs; and (e) the child’s perception of self.” Gary Landreth Tweet While talk therapy with adults mainly focuses on … Read more

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy was first created by Sigmund Freud and is the earliest form of modern Western psychotherapy. It has since undergone significant transformation and in its contemporary form includes more recent findings from the field of psychology and places less emphasis on fantasy and unconscious sexual or aggressive drives than when it was first developed … Read more

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)

“There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy.” Albert Ellis Tweet REBT was developed by Albert Ellis (1913-2007) and centralizes thought and beliefs in the creation and maintenance of distress. Ellis suggested that people contribute to their own suffering through … Read more

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

“In our bodies, in this moment, there live the seed impulses of the change and spiritual growth we seek, and to awaken them we must bring our awareness into the body, into the here and now” Pat Ogden Tweet Developed by Pat Ogden, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is an approach to healing trauma through the body. In … Read more

Solution-Focused Therapy

“Where you stand determines what you see and what you do not see; it determines also the angle you see it from; a change in where you stand changes everything.” Steve de Shazer Tweet Solution-Focused Therapy is a short-term, goal-oriented approach developed by Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer. Therapy is aimed at facilitating … Read more