Psychological & Counselling Services
Therapy for Individuals
Therapy can help you make changes in your life when you are feeling stuck and help you navigate difficult situations. During therapy, you will develop more insight into your circumstances and behaviours. This can enable you to manage or solve your problems and make healthy choices for your future. The ultimate goal is to help you achieve personal growth and make the changes you seek. Therapy is done through open and honest communication with a regulated, highly skilled psychologist or therapist in regularly scheduled sessions. We provide you with a safe, supportive and nonjudgmental place to explore what is troubling you.
We work collaboratively with you, using our knowledge of scientific research on human emotions, thoughts, and behaviour to help you achieve your goals.
Saterra associates provide evidence-based treatment, which means that the treatment has been scientifically evaluated and demonstrated to significantly benefit the client.
We use a range of frameworks to help you make improvements in your life. Every person and their situation is different. You therapist will tailor their approach to ensure the best fit for you, your goals and your current circumstances. Some of the therapeutic techniques we use consist of the following:
Eye Movement & Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is an extensively researched and effective therapy for the treatment of trauma, PTSD, and many other mental health conditions. In order to perform EMDR, a psychologist or therapist must complete an intensive and specialized course through an EMDRIA-certified trainer to learn the specific methodology. The goal of EMDR therapy is to reduce distress and physiological arousal, as well as reformulate negative beliefs, by allowing unresolved trauma or stressful memories to be accessed, re-stored in your brain (i.e., “reprocessed”) and essentially resolved.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT can help you become more aware of any inaccurate or problematic thinking patterns to better equip you for coping with and responding to challenging situations. CBT has been shown to be effective for several disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sleep disorders and more.
Just like the name suggests, the interpersonal approach focuses on interpersonal relationships – your relationships with others. This is commonly used to treat depression and anxiety. If you are seeking therapy because you are facing difficulty in your connections and relationships, your therapist might use this approach.
Attachment-based Psychodynamic Therapy
This approach is informed by attachment theory and focuses on rebuilding trust and expressing your emotions. In attachment-based therapy, we look at the connection between your early attachment experiences with caregivers during infancy and how it affects your sense of self and ability to form healthy relationships as an adult. This is a helpful form of therapy for anxiety, depression and trauma.
Mindfulness-based therapy incorporates mindfulness practices such as meditation, relaxation and breathing exercises. These practices can be beneficial in reducing anxiety, depression and stress. In mindfulness-based therapy, the goal is to break away from unhelpful thought patterns and bring attention to the present moment.
This approach places importance on the discussion of solutions and problem-solving. While focusing firmly on the present, you will also work towards finding workable and realistic solutions for the future.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is an evidence-based therapy that combines acceptance, psychological flexibility, and mindfulness with a focus on commitment to making value-based behavioural changes. This therapy helps you learn techniques to better manage unhelpful thoughts and emotions, accept and cope with those aspects of life that are not in your control, and live a more fulfilled and meaningful life. ACT has been shown to be effective in treating most mental health concerns.
Emotion-focused therapy, also known as EFT, centers on increasing awareness of emotions and improving emotional regulation. Difficulty regulating emotions can contribute to anxiety, anger, panic and depression, or feeling out of control.
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We can provide convenient, effective and professional psychological services in Ottawa, Kanata, Stittsville, the Ottawa Valley and beyond. You’ve already taken the first step in getting to experience everything virtual therapy has to offer just by being here. Reach out to get started.