Additional Approaches at BWT
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a structured therapy and evidence-based approach that was initially developed to treat symptoms of trauma and PTSD. In addition to trauma, EMDR can be effective for many other concerns, including helping to alleviate: desensitizing painful memories, feeling overwhelmed by or stuck in the past, emotional distress, anxiety and panic, depression, any struggles with symptom relief or where other therapy hasn’t been effective.
Mindfulness-based approaches integrate mindfulness strategies with other therapy practices. At Bloor West Therapy we often incorporate mindfulness throughout sessions, especially when working with anxiety or mood struggles. We often hear mindfulness associated with meditation. However, mindfulness and meditation are not the same. While many people do find meditation helpful, it is not for everyone, and by no means required to obtain the full benefits of mindfulness. Often clients find that the most helpful practices are those that are naturally and easily incorporated into their existing daily activities. Mindfulness-based approaches help client increase self-awareness, experience the present moment instead of worrying about the future or ruminating about the past, and alter negative thought patterns.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based approach that helps people change their behaviours and better adhere to treatment. Research has shown that a client’s narrative or self-talk statements greatly impact whether they actually make a change. MI recognizes that change is difficult at the best of times; it's normal to have mixed feelings and thoughts. MI evokes the individual's internal motivation to take steps toward change as well as their belief that they can change. It is usually combined with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a short-term approach that focuses on a client’s present or future circumstances, rather than their past. The goal of solution-focused brief therapy is to determine realistic and immediate solutions to help the client improve their present life and create a better future. The therapist works with the individual to build the tools, skills and abilities to achieve their vision for the future. SFBT is often integrated with other approaches in order to facilitate problem-solving during times when clients are stuck to increase awareness and identify attainable solutions. If clients have limited time to commit to therapy, SFBT can be a great option to make significant changes in a short amount of time.