Registered Psychologists Edmonton SW
Therapy isn’t on anyone’s bucket list; it’s
about problem-solving when you cannot find
your own solution or direction.
To use a cliché (which we would normally try to avoid), we will meet you where you are at. What does that actually mean for clients at Reframed? It means we listen and appreciate your expertise about you and your life. We believe that you know, either off the top of your head or deep down and yet to be discovered, what you want and need from therapy. Whether it is a few sessions to help you achieve an identified goal, creating a plan to reach your potential, or digging to get to the root of your struggle – our south Edmonton psychologists will help determine the solution to move forward. We’ll be your partner to help move you in the direction you want your life to go.
We bring our expertise: knowledge, techniques, strategies, and observations, into therapy with you to get you, as effectively as possible, to where you want to be. You pick the destination, we give you possible routes and directions to get there. ( Clichés may not be our thing, but we like metaphors! )
Let Reframed be your partner in therapy to help you solve your problems.
We believe change is hard, frustrating, and totally possible!
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT is a goal-oriented approach to therapy with a goal of changing a person’s patterns of thinking or behaviour that are the cause of people’s difficulties. This change in thinking and behaviour changes how people feel. It is used to treat a wide-range of issues and has been studied extensively. CBT therapy works by changing a client’s attitude and their behaviour by focusing on thoughts and beliefs that they hold and how these related to the way they then deal with emotional problems. This type of therapy emphasizes the important of the meaning we personally place on things and how our thinking patterns (helpful or unhelpful) develop in childhood. It then adds in behavioural therapy that focuses on the relationship between our problems, our behaviour and our thoughts.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
DBT was developed in the 1980’s, originally to assist in treating borderline personality disorder. It has since evolved and is used to treat a variety of mental health difficulties. The theory behind the approach is that some people react more intensely and in a more unique manner in specific emotional situations, especially situations that are relationship based. The theory suggests that some people’s emotional arousal increases more quickly than others and takes longer to return to a baseline level. This can appear as extreme mood swings, seeing things very rigidly (right or wrong) and a tendency to continually being in crisis. DBT builds skills to assist in emotional regulation, interpersonal skills, mindfulness and distress tolerance.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
ACT is a therapy that emerged from Behaviour Therapy. It’s central belief is that people can live fulfilling and enriches lives regardless of their symptoms. Although the goal is not symptom reduction, this is often a product of the therapy. ACT is based on living mindfully in alignment with your values. Russ Harris, the founder of ACT, (2009) points out that ACT assumes that (a) quality of life is primarily dependent upon mindful, values-guided action, and (b) this is possible regardless of how many symptoms you have– provided that you respond to your symptoms with mindfulness. ACT believes that people will have struggles and difficulties in their lives and that this is normal. The problem becomes our negative self-talk and undesired memories and thoughts arise and can overwhelm people. Alleviating pain occurs through the process of living a mindfully and in accordance with your values.
Emotion Focused Therapy
EFT has emerged as one of the leading therapeutic models for couples therapy. It is based on attachment theory. The concept of EFT is that secure attachment is the desire and frankly a biological need for all people. EFT focuses on creating and strengthening this secure bond between partners by fostering an adult loving relationship. Patterns of conflict and struggle between a couple are repaired and new patterns that are based on a more secure attachment emerge and the relationship can become stronger. EFT acknowledges the importance of emotions, especially the emotions that are beneath the anger and the conflict, and these become the focus of therapy to develop those positive patterns and healthier connections.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR is a therapy that was developed to assist in the treatment of trauma and PTSD. Trauma that has not been processed correctly continues to cause distress in the body and in the brain has the ability to be debilitating and there are many symptoms that people try to manage. EMDR therapy is a body based treatment that integrates the traumatic memories into a person’s more adaptive or positive memories. These new links are thought to result in new learnings, elimination of emotional distress, and new insights. EMDR can be used as a stand-alone treatment or as one aspect of a treatment plan.
Gottman couples therapy begins with an assessment of the relationship that then informs the therapy process. The goals of this therapy are to reduce conflict, increase intimacy, respect and affection, remove the feeling of stagnancy and increase empathy and understanding. Therapeutic interventions are designed to strengthen the areas of friendship, managing conflict and creating shared meaning. Couples learn how to change their patterns, repair past hurts, increase their closeness and intimacy, and create shared goals.
Mindfulness practices are believed to be able to help people better control their thoughts, rather than be controlled by them. Mindfulness is being used with a variety of other modalities and is integrated into treatment plans. Mindfulness can help people to separate themselves from their unhelpful thoughts, emotions and physical sensations before they becoming overwhelming. Generally they can help relieve symptoms of stress, physical pain and other mental health concerns.