All of our Calgary Therapists practice from Evidence Based frameworks and tailor their approaches to meet your goals in counselling.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT offers clients an alternative to struggling for control over their thoughts, feelings, urges and memories. The goal of this approach is for clients to find a path to a rich and meaningful life, with their own core values at the center of it all.
Research has shown that ACT has a clinically significant impact on treating a wide range of mental illnesses including but not limited to depression, OCD, workplace stress, chronic pain, the stress of terminal cancer, anxiety, PTSD, anorexia, heroin abuse, marijuana abuse, and even schizophrenia. A large part of ACT is building on mindfulness, but this approach goes beyond other mindfulness based strategies by allowing you (the client) to co-construct strategies together with your therapist.
This approach is not about “getting rid” unpleasant thoughts, feelings, urges or memories, it is about learning to accept that these are present and how to “drop the rope” and stop fighting with them. ACT believes that it is the human struggle, or “usion” with these unwanted experiences that leads to human suffering and mental illness, not the actual unwanted experiences themselves.
Learn how to change your relationship with your thoughts, feelings, urges, and memories and discuss the benefits of ACT with a Your Counselling therapist today.
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an approach which helps clients learn skills to manage and challenge problematic thinking and behaviour, and in turn improving their emotions.
CBT is appropriate for people of all ages, including children, adolescents, and adults. Evidence has found that CBT can benefit numerous conditions, such as:
- Depressive disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Eating disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders
CBT aims to identify thoughts that are not helpful and assess whether they are an accurate depiction of reality. Once thoughts are identified goals and strategies are developed to challenge and change unhelpful thought patterns.
Research indicates that CBT can be delivered effectively online, in addition to face-to-face therapy sessions. Connect with one of our Therapists to explore if a CBT Approach is right for you.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a form of cognitive-behavioural treatment developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., in the early 1990s. DBT provides clients with new skills to manage difficult emotions, and manage conflict in relationships. DBT specifically focuses on providing skills in four key areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills.
- Mindfulness skills focus on improving an individual's ability to accept and be present in the current moment.
- Distress tolerance skills enhance an individual’s resilience and capacity to tolerate difficult experiences and painful emotions, rather than trying to escape from it.
- Emotion regulation deals with skills to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life.
- Interpersonal effectiveness skills consist of skills that allow persons to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, effective, and skillful while maintaining self-respect and strengthening relationships.
DBT skills are known to be helpful for those who would like to work on improving their ability to regulate emotions, tolerate distress and, be mindful and present in the here and now, and communicate and interact effectively with others.
There is a lot of research evidence that shows that DBT has been used successfully to treat people experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, self-harming behaviours, suicidal tendencies, personality disorders, bipolar disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, and substance use disorders. At Your Counselling, we provide effective DBT interventions by trained and caring counsellors both in individual and group therapy sessions.