Our Techniques

 
 

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

  • Do you have past trauma that you feel stuck with? 

  • Are you looking for an alternative therapeutic treatment to talk therapy?​

  • Are you wondering what this big acronym is all about?!

           Well, I'm glad you're asking :)

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is an effective treatment for past or present trauma, negative beliefs or life events that we have not yet been able to process, understand or work through. 

EMDR allows for your nervous system to do the healing through a guided process using bilateral stimulation which stimulates the right and left hemispheres of the brain. The bilateral stimulation might involve eye movements, self tapping or the use of the buzzers for tactile stimulation.

You are in the driver's seat! While we help to guide you through the EMDR process, you get to decide if you want to stop or keep going. During the reprocessing phase of EMDR, it may get uncomfortable or difficult, however, we would never force or push you past what you feel capable of. We will discuss and practice grounding and resourcing techniques to prepare you beforehand.

Please view this link if you are wanting to learn more:

               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkfln-ZtWeY

Accelerated Resolution Therapy | ART | Safe Haven Counselling
 

ART - Accelerated Resolution Therapy 

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  • Do you have past trauma that you feel stuck with? ​

  • Are you looking for an interactive and alternative treatment to talk therapy?​

  • Do you have concerns around your addiction?​

 

             I'm glad you're asking too!

ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) is an innovative, non-invasive, evidence-based psychotherapy that aids in relief from distressing and/or traumatic images, sensations, and memories.

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The therapy can be used for grief, addiction, anxiety, phobias, depression, trauma, pain management, and various other concerns.

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ART uses a combination of many techniques, such as EMDR, Gestalt, exposure therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Guided Imagery, and brief psycho-dynamic therapy. You are welcome to ask me if Accelerated Resolution Therapy may help you on your healing journey.

DBT - Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

 
  • Is it challenging to understand and regulate your emotions?

  • Do you find yourself in moments of high distress and feeling unable to function?

  • Are your struggles impacting your closest relationships?


We are very glad you reached out. DBT may be a great fit for you.


DBT is rooted in its ability to help clients find a balance between acceptance and change. Sometimes we are faced with situations in life that we cannot change and must accept, and sometimes it may be most beneficial to change a situation or our response to it.


Acceptance and change are achieved through 4 key skill areas including:

 

  • Mindfulness

  • Distress Tolerance

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness


The mindfulness and distress tolerance skills are most deeply rooted in helping us get through potentially unchangeable situations by helping us to feel better, or at least not feel worse. The emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills are more geared at helping to facilitate change in either the situation or your response to it which can cause one to feel better or at least prevent sliding into further discomfort.


DBT is an approach that is highly supported by research and has been practiced for over two decades. DBT was originally developed by Marsha Linehan to help people with Borderline Personality Disorder. Since its implementation, it has been found to be helpful for many other diagnoses as well including Substance Use/Abuse, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many have also found the work of DBT to be helpful without a need for a formal diagnosis.


Currently, at Safe Haven, we have therapists offering DBT in one-on-one sessions. The focus of a DBT session is to create space for you to share a current or ongoing challenge and to learn effective skills that can help you get through challenging moments with greater resilience.

 

Depending on your treatment plan, your therapist may use other modes of therapy such as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) to process past adverse life events that contribute to present and ongoing feelings of distress and emotional dysregulation.