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Our Approach

At Cana Counselling, we believe in a client-centered and integrative approach to therapy.

 

We strive to create a safe and non-judgmental space where individuals, couples, youth, and children can explore their thoughts and feelings.

 

We understand that each person's journey is unique, and we tailor our approach to meet your specific needs.

 

We use evidence-based practices and work collaboratively with you to achieve your therapy goals.

If you're not sure which type of therapy is right for you, or if you have any questions about our services, feel free to contact us.

 

We are here to support you on your journey towards healing and growth.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Through structured sessions, clients collaborate with therapists to identify and challenge thoughts and cognitive distortions that contribute to emotional distress. Its structure and goal-oriented nature make CBT particularly suitable for individuals seeking practical strategies for navigating life’s difficulties. During a CBT session, a trained therapist will use a variety of techniques to address both cognitive and behavioral aspects of the patient’s challenges.

 

Cognitive techniques may include keeping thought records, where clients document and challenge their negative thoughts. Behavioral techniques may also be used to gradually expose the individual to feared situations to reduce avoidant behaviors. Over time, patients learn to apply the skills they learn in therapy to real-life situations, nurturing greater independence and resilience.

EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy)

 

EMDR is a highly effective therapeutic modality aimed at relieving psychological distress of many kinds: PTSD, grief, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress pain, and childhood trauma.

EMDR is limited in the need for clients to talk about a distressing event, as it harnesses the ability of the brain to heal itself when distressing memories are processed.

 

EMDR therapy uses a structured eight-phase approach that includes:

  • Phase 1: History-taking

  • Phase 2: Preparing the client

  • Phase 3: Assessing the target memory

  • Phases 4-7: Processing the memory to adaptive resolution

  • Phase 8: Evaluating treatment results

 

Processing of a specific memory is generally completed within one to three 90-minute sessions. EMDR therapy differs from other trauma-focused treatments in that it does not include extended exposure to the distressing memory, detailed descriptions of the trauma, challenging of dysfunctional beliefs or homework assignments.

EMDR Explanation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkfln-ZtWeY

Internal Family Systems


IFS is frequently used as an evidence-based psychotherapy, helping people heal by accessing and healing their protective and wounded inner parts. IFS creates inner and outer connectedness by helping people first access their Self and, from that core, come to understand and heal their parts.  

 

IFS is much more than a non-pathologizing evidence-based psychotherapy to be used in a clinical setting. It is also a way of understanding personal and intimate relationships and stepping into life with the 8 Cs: confidence, calm, compassion, courage, creativity, clarity, curiosity, and connectedness.

Adapted from: https://ifs-institute.com/

IFS Explanation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DFIfSHL11w&t=7s

Gottman Method: Couples and Family Counselling

Gottman interventions are designed to help couples strengthen their relationships in three primary areas: friendship, conflict management, and the creation of shared meaning. Couples learn to replace negative conflict patterns with positive interactions and to repair past hurts. Interventions designed to increase closeness and intimacy are used to improve friendship, deepen emotional connection, and create changes that enhances the couple's shared goals.

Adapted from https://www.gottman.com/about/the-gottman-method/

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a short-term goal-focused evidence-based therapeutic approach, that incorporates positive psychology principles and practices, which helps clients change by constructing solutions rather than focusing on problems. In the most basic sense, SFBT is a hope-friendly, positive emotion eliciting, future-oriented vehicle for formulating, motivating, achieving, and sustaining desired behavioral change.

Solution-Focused practitioners develop solutions by first generating a detailed description of how the client’s life will be different when the problem is gone or their situation improved to a degree satisfactory to the client. The therapist and client then carefully search through the client’s life experience and behavioral repertoire to discover the necessary resources needed to co-construct a practical and sustainable solution that the client can readily implement. In an inherently respectful and practical interview process, SF therapists and their clients consistently collaborate in identifying goals reflective of clients’ best hopes and developing satisfying solutions.

Adapted from https://solutionfocused.net

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