Approaches

Approaches

We view therapy as a collaborative process between client and therapist; one that is grounded in respect and understanding of each client’s unique needs, goals, and personal backgrounds and histories. All the approaches we employ at TPWG are scientifically-informed to support our clients’ growth and development.

Our therapy is informed by the following approaches: 

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

CBT is based on the premise that our thoughts, emotions, physiology and behaviours are all inter-connected. Within CBT, we work to understand how unhelpful thinking patterns may contribute to an individual’s problems and leave them feeling stuck, depressed, anxious and/or reliant on maladaptive coping behaviours, such as substance abuse, disordered eating, aggression, etc. CBT is a well-validated, goal-oriented approach to treating many psychological conditions, such as depression, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, chronic pain and eating disorders, among others.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

DBT was originally developed by clinical psychologist, Dr. Marsha Linehan, to help individuals who experience intense emotions and have difficulty regulating their emotions, often resulting in impulsive behaviours and disrupted personal relationships. Originally designed for individuals who experience Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT is now a proven effective treatment for many clinical issues, including substance use, eating disorders and depression. Grounded in the roots of cognitive behavioural therapy, DBT incorporates acceptance-based strategies and provides individuals with the following skills to support their treatment and recovery:

  • mindfulness
  • distress tolerance
  • emotion regulation
  • interpersonal effectiveness

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT was developed from traditional cognitive-based approaches, with a prominent focus on mindfulness to help individuals accept their current realities, attend to their personal values, and take action to make important changes that improve their physical and mental well-being, and create meaningful lives. ACT is a shorter-term therapy that has been proven effective now in treating a variety of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety and chronic pain.

Mindfulness-based Approaches

Mindfulness involves an awareness of the present moment, with purposeful attention to one’s full mind-body experiences. As opposed to fighting with or changing negative thoughts or feelings, mindfulness-based approaches encourage the adoption of a compassionate, non-judgmental stance thereby decreasing emotional suffering.