Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.
Spirituality is pursued by many wanting to find purpose, meaning and value in life. Today’s spirituality is largely understood as immanence (inside you) or transcendence (outside and beyond you) but usually has nothing to do with the infinite-personal God of creation. It is the latter version of spirituality, referred by Pascal as our “God shaped vacuum,” which defines our approach to Christian Counselling. This approach uses Biblical teaching and leans on the Christian church body to bring about life change. Yet it does not discredit psychotherapies that supports change, it just filters them through a Biblical values “lens” that understands God dependence change.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
CBT is an evidence-based psychological treatment that was developed through decades of scientific research. Research shows that CBT is one of the most effective treatments for anxiety. It is also an effective treatment for problems such as depression, chronic pain, disordered eating, anger issues, addiction, and low self-esteem. Please click here to learn more about Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is generally a brief treatment that was originally developed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. EMDR is also helpful in addressing other concerns. EMDR can be used with children as well as adults. During an EMDR session an individual focuses on emotionally disturbing material in brief doses while focusing on an external stimulus such as eye movements, tapping or tones. EMDR enhances information processing and creates new associations between the traumatic memory and more adaptive memories or information resulting in new learning and emotional healing.
Expressive (Play) Therapy:
Expressive (Play) Therapy is effective for children, teens and adults when verbal expression is developmentally limited or is difficult. Expressive Play Therapy is very appropriate for children who typically re-enact or symbolically play out experiences in their natural language of play. Expressive mediums largely include art, music, movement, writing, drama and sand therapy. Within a healing environment, individuals begin to discover inner strengths and gain healthy coping skills. As growth hindering emotions, experiences and or behaviours are discovered in therapy these can then be processed leading to new learning and self- understanding. Please click here to learn more about Expressive Therapies.
Family and Couples Therapy:
Both family and couples therapy focuses on healing the strife and/or emotional disconnection that can occur in interpersonal relationships. Different approaches can be used to help each relationship but it likely requires attending the sessions together and addressing some of those challenging patterns that can occur. Emotionally Focused (EFFT), Bowen, Gottman, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) are all effective therapeutic approaches.
Solution Focused Therapy:
Solution Focused therapy is an approach to psychotherapy based on solution-building rather than problem-solving. It explores current resources and future hopes rather than present problems.