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THERAPEUTIC MODALITIES WE USE
Internal Family Systems
Internal Family Systems, also known as "parts work", is an evidence-based model of psychotherapy developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz. By getting to know and understand the behaviors, motivations, fears, etc. of your internal family, or parts, you can find healing, promote personal growth, and gain a greater sense of internal harmony.
For more information: https://ifs-institute.com/
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is an evidenced-based solution-focused approach to treatment developed mainly by Aaron Beck. CBT focuses on the connection between an individual's thoughts, behaviors, emotions, and physical reactions and how they all influence each other in a cyclical manner. The main way to intervene in this cycle is by changing the way we think and the way we act; this will in turn change the way we feel.
For more information: https://www.beckinstitute.org
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
DBT is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan. DBT builds upon CBT by complimenting the concept of change with the concept of acceptance. The term "dialectical" means a synthesis or integration of opposites. The primary dialectic within DBT is between the seemingly opposite strategies of acceptance and change. Dialectics, or multiple truths, exist within most everything. DBT includes four sets of behavioral skills: Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Developed by Steven C. Hayes, ACT uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies to help clients work toward committed actions. These actions are aligned with a client's identified values and therefore can help lead them to living a more meaningful and fulfilled life with increased psychological flexibility.
For more information: https://contextualscience.org/act
Somatic therapy helps clients develop awareness of themselves through a holistic approach that incorporates messages from the mind, the body, and the spirit. Somatic therapy may include exercises, such as guided meditation, breath work, movement, and guided visualization. A greater understanding of the connection between the mind and the body can foster healing of past traumas, development of healthy boundaries, and improved self-care practices.
For more information: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapy-types/somatic-therapy
Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based approach to support clients looking for an autonomous approach to behavioral changes in an empathetic, empowering, and individualized fashion. Core principles of this guiding communication include listening to client perceptions followed by reflective advice and information pertinent to how the client is feeling. The key facets of this style are empowering autonomy, respect, and non-judgmental curiosity when discussing issues to keep the client in the decision making position through a supportive, open, and collaborative environment.
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Recreational Therapy utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the needs of individuals experiencing mental health struggles and disabilities. Techniques include wilderness excursions, art, sports, team building, movement, music, and community outings. Recreational therapists treat and help maintain the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their clients by seeking to reduce depression, stress, and anxiety, recover basic motor functioning and reasoning abilities, build confidence, and socialize effectively.
For more information: https://nctrc.org/
Narrative therapy is a collaborative and non-pathologizing approach to counseling and community work which centers people as the experts of their own lives. A narrative approach views problems as separate from people and assumes people as having many skills, abilities, values, commitments, beliefs and competencies that will assist them to change their relationship with the problems influencing their lives. It is a way of working that considers the broader context of people’s lives particularly in the various dimensions of diversity including class, race, gender, sexual orientation and ability.
For more information: https://narrativetherapycentre.com/about/
Gender Affirming Therapy
Gender affirming therapy helps to support clients by affirming their gender identity, in their gender exploration, and social and medical transitions. Clients are the experts of their experience, and gender affirming therapy provides clients with a therapeutic space to receive non judgmental and genuine support around their unique experience.
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Art therapy utilizes creative expression to allow clients to process and understand their emotions. Art therapy practices can include any creative expression technique that suits the client. Art therapy exercises can be used to process challenging events and memories, to help clients practice mindfulness and grounding, and aid clients in getting in touch with parts of themself that can't always be expressed verbally.