Lindsey takes a Client-Centered approach to counselling. This means that a customized combination of therapy methods is used to create a individualized plan for each client. Therapy sessions are tailored to each client based on their individual needs, identity and comfort level.
Lindsey has been trained to work with individuals (ages 14+) and she respects all identities regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, (dis)ability and all other aspects of a client’s identity.
Below you will find descriptions of various approaches that Lindsey practices.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT is an empirically based short-term treatment approach that is both structured and collaborative. It is based on a scientific understanding of the relationship between thoughts, emotions and behaviours. This approach focuses on identifying and changing unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving, with the aim of improving our emotional experiences.
(Retrieved from www.ottawacbt.ca, 2017)
According to Gary Yontef, Ph.D., Gestalt Therapy teaches therapists and patients the phenomenological method of awareness, in which perceiving, feeling and acting are distinguishes from interpreting and reshuffling preexisting attitudes…The goal is for clients to become aware of what they are doing, how they are doing it, and ow they can change themselves, and at the same time, to learn to accept and value themselves.
(Retrieved from www.gestalt.org, 2017)
Positive Psychotherapy contrasts with standard interventions for depression [and other mental health challenges] by increasing positive emotion, engagement, and meaning rather than directly targeting depressive [or other] symptoms. It focuses on the strengths of the client and utilizes these strengths to assist the client in facing problems head-on and figuring out resolutions to their issues.
(Retrieved from www.psycnet.apa.org)
Solution Focused-Brief Therapy
Solution Focused-Brief Therapy is future-focused, goal-directed, and focuses on solutions, rather than on the problems that brought clients to seek therapy. A hallmark of SFBT is its emphasis on clear, concise, realistic goal negotiations. The SFBT approach assumes that all clients have some knowledge of what would make their life better, even though they may need some help describing the details of their better life.
(Retrieved from www.solutionfocused.net)
Mindfulness is the quality of attention that we bring to the events in our lives. It is the process of bringing our awareness to what we are doing that the time we are doing it. It is purposely being engaged in our actions, feelings and physical sensations, and thoughts. Becoming aware of where our attention is, we can bring it back to its original intention.
(Retrieved from www.ottawamindfulnessclinic.com)
Ready to find out more?
If you have questions or would like a recommendation for a counsellor currently accepting new clients, and that would be a good fit based on your needs, email Lindsey for help!