Therapeutic Approach

We truly believe that everyone can heal, and we also know that there is no cookie cutter approach that will work for everyone. That’s why our therapists are dedicated to finding the right treatment plan for you.

What is Trauma-Focused Therapy?

Trauma-focused therapy is rooted in understanding the impact that trauma has on a person’s functioning.  Trauma-focused approaches do not require a disclosure of trauma to be activated. We assume that anyone may be affected by trauma at some point during their lifetime. 

The principles of trauma-informed therapy include offers of safety and choice in every step of the process. Whether it’s choosing a therapist or choosing a seat, trauma-focused therapists recognize the importance of offering individual’s choice throughout their healing process.  Trauma-focused treatment is paced by the individual’s readiness with the support of a trained therapist.

A trauma-focused therapeutic relationship is collaborative.  The trauma-informed therapist will help you to understand your experiences in a new light.  Rather than seeing yourself as damaged or broken, trauma-informed therapy will help you to see your behaviour as a result of the experiences that you have had. Understanding these processes is often the first part of believing in your ability to heal.

Which Therapy is Best For Treating Trauma?

There isn’t one particular therapy that will work best for everyone. Being trauma-informed means that we will help you to find the treatment approach that works best for you. Some of the treatment approaches our team is trained in includes:

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of psychotherapy that is used to treat the negative emotions and beliefs that are associated with memory of trauma.  It involves having the therapist use a hand motion to invite the client’s focus on a particular pattern while they simultaneously recall the traumatic event.  To learn more about EMDR, watch this short video created by the EMDR International Association. 

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a type of psychotherapy that assumes the presence of multiple sub-personalities that take on various roles in our system.  These sub-personalities exist around the self and IFS allows for healing to occur when our parts are understood through a more compassionate lens. You can learn more about IFS and it’s effectiveness by visiting the IFS Institute website.  

Observed Experiential Integration (OEI) Similar to EMDR, OEI offers treatment for the negative emotions that become attached to memory through eye movements.  To learn more about OEI, visit this website.

Can Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Be Used to Treat Trauma?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has long been regarded as a best practice for treating a number of conditions, such as anxiety and depression, and can also be used to treat trauma.  A therapist that is trained in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) draws from the practice of CBT to provide enhanced trauma treatment. Read more about TF-CBT in this article.

Contact us to learn more about our therapists or approaches to treating trauma.