At Wolff Psychological Services, the goal of therapy is to support clients in learning skills that they can continue to use on their own. Online (Telehealth) and In-person counselling and therapy is offered to guide clients through life’s challenges and to create their own life worth living. My priority is to work collaboratively with clients to help them develop their own goals for growth within a place of emotional safety. I integrate various research-based therapeutic approaches to individualize sessions for each client’s unique needs.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is an evidenced based therapy developed by Dr. Aaron T. Beck. It focuses on the here and now, rather than on delving deep into your past. Using CBT, you begin to understand that how you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour) have an impact on how you feel. CBT challenges one’s distorted thoughts and beliefs; if you change your thinking, you can change your life.
“Cognitive therapy seeks to alleviate psychological stresses by correcting faulty conceptions and self-signals. By correcting erroneous beliefs, we can lower excessive reactions.” – Aaron T. Beck
More info: https://youtu.be/9c_Bv_FBE-c
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
DBT is a model of therapy that helps people learn and use new skills and strategies to build the lives they feel are worth living.
Originally developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan for people with Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT is an evidenced-based treatment effective for a number of emotional concerns. Its focus is on developing mindfulness, regulating strong emotions, on learning strategies to deal with overwhelming emotions instead of escaping from them, and learning interpersonal communication strategies.
Although there are similarities to CBT, DBT focuses more on the social/emotional aspects of living. DBT teaches people to accept thoughts, feelings and behaviours. The ‘dialectal’ perspective is the balancing of opposites. DBT nurtures a “both – and” approach rather than an ‘either-or” approach. At its heart, DBT is the balance of acceptance and change.
“Sometimes we cannot change the environment significantly, but we can perhaps alter the way in which we perceive it.” – Marsha Linehan
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy
EMDR Therapy was developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. as a therapeutic method to help memory processing and moving through painful, traumatic experiences. Bilateral side-to-side eye movements assist the brain in processing memories.
In a nutshell, EMDR Therapy allows people to process events that are ‘stuck’ in memory. It takes the emotional charge out of traumatic memories and/or experiences. Instead of the brain thinking “DANGER, DANGER”, your system can truly understand “I’m safe. It’s over”. The memories will still be there, but they will not have the same emotional charge.
More info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkfln-ZtWeY
Sand Tray Therapy
Sand tray therapy uses a sandtray and various miniature figurines to allow the person to express themselves and their world without words. This non-verbal method of therapy is used with children, teens, and adults. It gives people a means to express their thoughts and feelings when words are not enough.
“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” – Carl Jung
More info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_24MzxFkYY