The York Region Stress & Anxiety Clinic Approach
The YRSAC Approach
The key focus for our team of Registered Psychotherapists is the client-practitioner relationship and as the relationship develops, the Psychotherapist might decide to use a combination of modalities.
Briefly summarised below are some of the core therapies used by our Registered Psychotherapists.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a relatively short-term, focused approach to the treatment of many types of emotional, behavioural and psychiatric problems. The application of CBT varies according to the problem being addressed; however is essentially a collaborative and individualised program that helps individuals to identify unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and learn or relearn healthier skills and habits. CBT has been practised widely for more than 30 years. It has been researched extensively and has demonstrated effectiveness with a variety of emotional psychological anddifficulties. It is also continually evolving, and a third wave of CBT therapies such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy and others are increasingly being used for a variety of emotional, behavioural and psychiatric problems.
The benefits of CBT
* CBT has been extensively investigated in rigorous clinical trials and has empirical support.
* CBT is structured, goal oriented and focuses on immediate difficulties as well as long-term strategies and requires active involvement by the client.
* CBT is flexible, individualised, and can be adapted to a wide range of individuals and a variety of settings.
Solution Focused Therapy
Solution focused therapy is a goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change that is conducted through direct observation of clients’ responses to a series of precisely constructed questions.
Solution Focused Therapy sessions typically focus on the present and future, focusing on the past only to the degree necessary for communicating empathy and accurate understanding of the clients concerns.
Mindfulness Therapy and Techniques
The aim of mindfulness therapy is to help you learn to be aware of your thoughts and bodily sensations and in so doing be able to better cope with day to day emotions and problems. Meditation is a simple way of relating to our experience, which can have a profound impact on painful, negative experiences we encounter. Mindfulness involves stopping, paying attention, becoming aware of present moment realities, and not judging. Mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
Mindfulness practice is being employed in Psychotherapy to alleviate a variety of mental and physical conditions, such as bringing about reductions in depression symptoms, reducing stress, anxiety and in the treatment addictive behaviors.
What are Relaxation Techniques?
Relaxation techniques are processes, procedures, or activities that help a person to relax, and attain a state of increased calmness. Your body can respond to worrying situations and anxious thoughts with muscle tension. Long-term and constant muscle tension can have all sorts of unpleasant consequences, from anxiety, stress, anger, and headaches through to sleeping and heart problems. Relaxation techniques are often employed as one element of a wider stress management program and can decrease muscle tension, lower the blood pressure, slow the heart and breathing rates, among other health benefits
Learning relaxation techniques can be a real asset in managing stress and anxiety.
Different relaxation techniques work better for different people. Learning basic relaxation techniques can be some and eady to learn and adapt into your daily routine.
Relaxation techniques can include:
* Deep Breathing
* Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)
* Creative Visualisation
* Art Therapy
* Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
DBT utilises a focused and structured approach to address self-destructive behaviours and patterns, including self-harming behaviours, drug and alcohol abuse as a way to control emotions, eating problems (including binging and purging) and unstable or conflictual relationships. DBT also focuses on helping patients to build skills in the areas of emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness.
The DBT therapist continually balances acceptance-oriented strategies with strategies which encourage change; as such, we strive to convey an attitude of acceptance and validation to each client and to encourage each client to accept him- or herself, while simultaneously encouraging growth.
The efficacy of DBT for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder is well supported by research.
Clinical hypnosis teaches patients to use a deep relaxation state to address issues related to stress, anxiety and
can help the stuck thought patterns that go along with depression, anxiety, OCD, and other mood disorders. Hypnosis can be used successfully for pain management. In addition, Hypnosis can been used to treat both chronic types of pain (arthritis, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome) and pain resulting from serious injury.
Benefits of Art Therapy Art therapists facilitates a non-verbal means for individuals to connect with and express thoughts and feelings that are difficult to communicate due to the person’s age or challenging experiences such as trauma, cognitive issues or physical health conditions. Through the use of art-making, discussions and reflections on the artwork, and relationship building, art therapists support individuals in problem-solving, developing insights and self-awareness, improving self-esteem, managing stress, and enhancing interpersonal skills.
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