We have an eclectic approach to therapy
We use various different theories and therapeutic interventions in therapy to support our clients. We draw on educational and personal experiences, as well as intuition to serve our clients well. Each session is client-centered, and will take into account each individual's needs, goals, and interests.
See below for examples of therapeutic approaches.
We can help you process and manage distressing emotions.
We can help you identify what you are feeling (i.e. anger, depression, anxiety, guilt, shame, etc.), and understand what may be causing you distress. We explore past and present internal and external experiences that may be influencing your moods and identify what small shifts we can make to feel a better sense of control and an increased sense of well-being. Making space to share, providing opportunities for reflection, learning and skill development, and providing you with resources and guidance, we will work together towards managing emotions and bringing more balance.
We can help you to manage stress better.
Through clearly identifying areas of stress and creating a plan together, we can help you feel more at peace with the busyness of life. We will work together on getting back to basics with self-care and self-compassion, looking at re-prioritizing and focusing on what we can control, learn to communicate needs and boundaries more effectively, and learn ways live a value-based life that feels sustainable and meaningful.
We can help you heal from past trauma.
Most of us have experienced some form of adversity and/or trauma growing up. Whether we have experienced invalidation from our caregivers, bullying from our peers, loss of loved ones, or some sort of abuse or neglect, adversity can shape our views of ourselves, others and the world. Through exploring our experiences, uncovering and challenging resulting patterns, beliefs and assumptions, as well as making meaning out of our struggles, we can begin the process of healing and growing through our trauma. Humans are incredibly resilient, and healing is possible and probable with the right kind of support. Featherfree counselling also offers a type of trauma therapy called Brainspotting.
We can help you have better relationships.
It takes two to tango, but we don't have control over our partners, friends, or family members. In individual therapy, becoming aware our own reactions and patterns in relationships, being more curious about others' perspectives, and finding ways to communicate our needs, desires and boundaries more effectively can make significant shifts in our relationship satisfaction. We work together to make the shifts necessary to feel better within your current relationships, or to feel better when creating new relationships.
We can help you increase self-esteem.
There are so many things that can create low-self esteem. Through exploring past hurts that have contributed to negative core beliefs, connecting with your authentic self, becoming aware of messages from your inner critic, and learning to respond to yourself in a more compassionate and nurturing way, we can challenge these negative beliefs and heal the parts of you that have been hurting. Being our true-self, living a value-lead life, and accepting ourselves, flaws and all, can contribute the most to our overall wellbeing.
We can help you connect with authenticity and purpose.
The recipe for living a content life, is to connect with meaning and purpose, and to be authentic, whatever that means to you. Together, we can identify the places where you feel stuck, connect with your values and purpose, gifts and talents, and explore ideas for living in a more meaningful and authentic way. Therapy is a lovely space to engage in introspection and personal growth, helping you become the best version of yourself.
We can help you explore gender and sexuality.
Gender and sexuality are on a spectrum, and each person can vary on this continuum. Living in a hetero-normative society can make exploring these parts of ourselves a bit more tricky. Here at Featherfree Counselling, we create a safe space to explore gender and sexual diversity, encouraging expression of your authenticity in ways that feel safe and feel right for you. This is a LGBT2SQ positive space!
We draw on many therapeutic modalities to help you.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:
"Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior and emotions".
Dialetical Behavioural Therapy:
"Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a modified type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others".
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy:
"Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a type of psychotherapy that emphasizes acceptance as a way to deal with negative thoughts, feelings, symptoms, or circumstances. It also encourages increased commitment to healthy, constructive activities that uphold your values or goals".
Insight Oriented Therapy:
"A type of talk therapy that guides clients toward developing an improved understanding of self. During each session, the individual receiving counselling will recall situations from [their] life. The therapist highlights observed patterns of behavior or feelings, then encourages the client to examine them more closely. The philosophy behind this method is that examination and analysis of issues that have negatively affected the client’s life will help the individual to understand and change destructive patterns".
Internal Family Systems:
"The underlying concept of this theory is that we all have several parts living within us that fulfill both healthy and unhealthy roles. Life events or trauma, however, can force us out of those healthy roles into extreme roles.
The good news is that these internal roles are not static and can change with time and work. The goal of IFS therapy is to find your Self and bring all of these parts together".
"Brainspotting Therapy™ (BSP) is a therapeutic process that uses specific points in the client’s visual field to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. BSP uses relevant eye positions, somatic awareness, focused mindfulness and the therapist’s attunement to process and release the stored traumas which underlie a wide range of emotional and physical problems. It is a brain-body based treatment which integrates well with other types of therapies".
"In addition to using psychology to better understand spiritual experiences, transpersonal psychology also strives to provide a deeper and richer understanding of individuals and to help them achieve their greatest potential".