Adult Psychology

Psychological services for Adults

 

Your Psych Centre provides focused psychological services for adults and older adults to assist with many of the difficulties which may be faced in life. Your Psych Centre is a safe, non-judgemental space for you to share your concerns and develop strategies to assist you in living a life you deserve.

Some of the common issues which we help our clients with include:

  • Grief and Loss
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Anger difficulties
  • Stress
  • Childhood trauma
  • Adjustment difficulties
The Process

Goal Setting

A very important part of therapy is setting  your specific goals. Treatment goals are set in the first or second session and are based on what you would like to achieve.

Progress

Once goals are established, we do not “set and forget”. Your progress toward these goals – and your overall well-being – is monitored each session. This can be done through the completion of formal questionnaires and discussions with the Psychologists.

Length of Therapy

The length of therapy depends on different factors – such as how long the problem has been there, how complex the problem is, how often you attend therapy, and how active you are in the therapy process.

Therapeutic Approaches

The structure of therapy depends on your goals and preferred therapy style. All of our approaches  are based on techniques that have strong evidence for improving well-being.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been found to be most successful in treating a range of conditions including depression, anxiety, and daily stress. It is the foundation for most psychological therapy.  This technique works by helping people to identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts and feelings which underly problem behaviours.

Over the years, the use of CBT has been adapted to help a wider range of individuals. Variations of this approach includes:

  • Mindfulness-based (M-CBT) – combines cognitive therapy with meditation and mindfulness practices.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – teaches the skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings effectively and helps to clarify your values in order to guide you to change your life for the better.
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) – involves the use of approaches intended to bolster self-compassion. It is an effective treatment for shame and self-criticism.
  • Trauma focused CBT is (TF-CBT) is the recommended treatment approach for individuals recovering from trauma

Schema Therapy

A “schema” is a long-standing negative pattern of thinking and behaviour that develops during childhood or adolescence. This negative thinking/behaviours are reinforced throughout an individual’s life through their thoughts, beliefs, actions and relationships. Schema Therapy is an integrative model because of therapy which draws on techniques from cognitive therapy, behaviorism, attachment theory, emotion-focused and relationship-based therapies.

Compassion-focused Therapy

Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) aims to help promote mental and emotional healing by encouraging people in treatment to be compassionate toward themselves and other people. CFT is grounded in understanding of basic emotion regulation systems: the threat and self-protection system, the drive and excitement system, and the contentment and social safeness system.

 

Treatment sessions highlight the association between these systems and human thought and behavior. The aim of CFT is to bring these three affect systems into balance.

Solution-Focused Problem Solving

Solution-Focused Problem Solving is used to help people overcome their difficulties by focusing on solutions and their strengths.  This type of therapy is usually briefer and directed toward very specific goals.

Family Therapy

Family therapy addresses specific issues affecting the health and functioning of a family. It can be used to help a family through a difficult period of time, a major transition, or mental or behavioural health problems in family members.