Individual and Family Therapy
Individual Therapy (Adults)
Engaging in Individual Therapy allows for the opportunity to work through a range of emotional, interpersonal and psychological challenges that may be experienced. Committing to individual therapy can also help with learning effective coping strategies, improving communication and making meaning out of both your life challenges and accomplishments. Individual therapy can create momentum, help gain motivation, make room for acceptance, and develop mindfulness strategies to support healthy living. Examples of what may lead someone to engage in individual therapy can include: anxiety, depression, fear, grief and loss, trauma, thoughts of suicide or suicidal behaviour, body image concerns, sleep troubles, transition and adjustment challenges, sexuality concerns, relational challenges, self-esteem, identity struggles, significant life changes, physical health crisis, etc.
Individual Therapy for Children & Adolescents
Children and Youth are often invited to therapy by family members, both willingly and at times unwillingly. In both cases, children and youth are met with respect around their choices to engage in individual therapy, and are also provided support to determine both the potential positive and negative outcomes of engaging in therapy ( it can be helpful & feel scary!). When children and youth are apart of this process and decision making, treatment outcomes are often more positive. Individual therapy with young people differs in the sense that creative approaches are often utilized in a way that allows for the young person to draw connections in a way that makes sense for them. This may include integrating forms of art, play, music, drama, games, kinaesthetic activities etc. An assessment of the young persons learning style, coping strategies, their history and social supports (family, peers, school, community & society) are all important factors that can contribute to a young person’s progress and success in therapy.
Family’s often engage in family therapy when the function of the family has shifted in a way that creates a cause for concern. When one person in a family experiences a challenge, it is often felt by all family members. And, each individual family member has sources of stress and experience challenge. Family therapy is an opportunity for its members to come together to share their experiences in a safe environment. Family therapy allows for its members to gain perspective and understanding of the thoughts, emotions and experiences of others in the family. Family therapy can also be effective as a means of resolving or decreasing conflict, communicating and setting boundaries, creating shared goals and finding balance.
Participating in couples therapy can be a method to achieving increased intimacy and connection. Often this happens through the exploration of each individuals emotional needs, their desires, relationship goals and their own individual experiences of being cared for ( Attachment Histories). Couples therapy can also be used as a tool to build communication skills, express emotional vulnerabilities and explore commitment. Couples therapy can also be used as a tool in decision making about the life of the couples relationship and mediating separations.
There are various types of groups that may feel like a good fit for you based on your identified needs, learning styles, personality type and overall goals. Groups are often where individuals have the experience of building community through relationship development, learn new skills to support their mental health and gain perspective, support and validation of experiences through mutuality. Below is a list of 3 types of groups:
-Support Groups ( Parent Groups, Cancer Support etc.)
-Psycho-Educational Groups (Information & Learning)
-Treatment Groups ( DBT, CBT, Trauma Recovery etc.)
Groups at the Clinic will be announced on the website, on social media and in our newsletter. Feel free to let us know what topics or types of groups you feel you could benefit from!