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About Our Therapy Services

The del Rosario Group offers personalized psychological treatment (psychotherapy) for a wide variety of concerns, including the following:

Anxiety
Depression
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Self-esteem
Anger management
Grief/Bereavement
Faith-Based issues
Relationships
Trauma/Abuse
Premarital Counselling
Personal healing/growth
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Stress
(including workplace stress & work-life balance)

THE THERAPY PROCESS

The process begins with a clinical intake, during which your or your child’s history and current functioning is discussed. This session is a time for your therapist to get to know you and also a time for you to get a sense of your therapist’s interpersonal style. At the end of the session, both your and your therapist’s sense of the client-therapist “fit” will be discussed. If it does not seem to be the right match, your therapist will do his/her best to provide you with options for alternative providers within the same region. If the fit seems good, a next session will be scheduled to begin formal psychotherapy. Either during the intake or at the start of the first treatment session, goals for treatment and the best therapeutic approach will be discussed and jointly agreed upon. The frequency of sessions and estimated duration of therapy will also be discussed. Progress will be assessed throughout future sessions and regularly discussed with you.

OUR MAIN THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotion-Focused Therapy or Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a unique empirically-based approach (pioneered by Canadian-resident psychologists Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Les Greenburg), based on methods designed to help you identify, express, accept, regulate, make sense of, and transform your emotional experience, leading to decreased psychological distress and improvements in both personal and relational functioning. The use of EFT has dramatically increased in recent years, for both individual and couples’ therapy, both because of its status as an evidence-based treatment modality and because it focuses on the development of emotional intelligence and on the importance of secure relationships (realms in which some other approaches are lacking).

EFT for couples is an approach based on an attachment theory of relationships, with the goal of creating, increasing, or re-establishing a sense of emotional safety and security (i.e., secure attachment) in your relationship. Your relationship is seen as a place that ideally would feel like a “safe haven” and a “secure base.” Thus, from an EFT approach, your therapist works with you and your spouse or partner to identify patterns or cycles in your relationship that are impeding the creation of a sense of safety and security and then helps you develop a new, more intimately-connected pattern or dance.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT is a highly empirically-supported (i.e., research-supported/evidence-based) form of psychotherapy. From this modality, the connection and multi-directional relationship between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours is explored. From a formal CBT approach, sessions are fairly structured and symptom-focused, specific activities are assigned for completion between sessions, and the number of sessions per presenting issue is generally limited. CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate,overly-negative, or unhelpfulpatterns of thinking, so that you can view situations more clearly, think in adaptive ways that will fuel helpful and rational emotional reactions, and navigate through life ina more effective way with a greater sense of wellbeing.

CBT can be a very helpful tool in treating psychological distress, including anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress. But not everyone who benefits from CBT has a diagnosable mental health condition. CBT can be an effective tool to help most people learn how to better manage stressful life situations.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic therapy is an insight-oriented and depth approach (often contrasted with the more structured and symptom-focused CBT approach) to address psychological distress and improve your sense of wellbeing through helping you gain insight into your own emotional functioning. From this perspective, your psychotherapist helps you to increase self-awareness and better understand the influence of the past (including your early relationships and any traumas) on your present experiences and behaviour. It is important to note that the past is not brought up to dwell on it or to assign blame, but rather to process unresolved conflicts or issues in order to improve current functioning. We often unconsciously get into patterns of behaving that once may have been necessary, adaptive or helpful but are now maladaptive and unhelpful; the psychodynamic approach helps uncover these processes so that they can be modified to alleviate distress and fuel healthier functioning overall.

Request an Appointment

To inquire about our services please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We will do our absolute best to respond to your inquiry within 1 business day.

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