Services:

Play Therapy (children under 10 years)

Play is a natural and spontaneous part of people's lives. During play children learn about their physical surroundings, their own capabilities and limitations, social rules and the difference between fantasy and reality. In play, children interact with toys and other people as they enter new experiences and rehearse new skills. In addition, play is one way children learn to communicate and can show others things that are too complicated to say.

“Sand Play Therapy” (children above 10 years, adolescents and adults)

“Puppet Therapy” (all children, adolescents and adults)

Individual Psychotherapy (adolescents and adults)

EMDR

“Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro, which emphasizes disturbing memories as the cause of psychopathology [1][2] and alleviates the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). EMDR is used for individuals who have experienced severe trauma which remains unresolved.[3] According to Shapiro, when a traumatic or distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm normal cognitive and neurological coping mechanisms. The memory and associated stimuli are inadequately processed, and stored in an isolated memory network.[4] The goal of EMDR therapy is to process these distressing memories, reducing their lingering effects and allowing clients to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. This is done in an 8 step protocol that includes having clients recall distressing images while receiving one of several types of bilateral sensory input including side to side eye movements.[5] The use of EMDR was originally developed to treat adults suffering from PTSD, however, it is also used to treat other conditions and children.[6]”

[Source: Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_movement_desensitization_and_reprocessing.htm]

EMDR therapy is recognized as an effective form of trauma treatment in numerous practice guidelines worldwide. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)[1] is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach. It contains elements of many effective psychotherapies in structured protocols that are designed to maximize treatment effects. These include psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies[2].

EMDR psychotherapy is an information processing therapy and uses an eight phase approach to address the experiential contributors of a wide range of pathologies. It attends to the past experiences that have set the groundwork for pathology, the current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, and the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviours and mental health.
Marriage Counselling and Couples Therapy

[Source:  What is EMDR? http://www.emdr.com/general-information/what-is-emdr.html]

Patients who have suffered for years from anxiety or distressing memories, nightmares, insomnia, abuse or other traumatic events can now gain relief from a revolutionary new therapy called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).

Research shows that EMDR is rapid, safe and effective. EMDR does not involve the use of drugs or hypnosis. It is a simple, non-invasive patient-therapist collaboration in which healing can happen effectively.

This powerful short-term therapy is highly effective for a wide range of disorders including chronic pain, phobias, depression, panic attacks, eating disorders and poor self-image, stress, worry, stage fright, performance anxiety, recovery from sexual abuse and traumatic incidents.

Many patients who have made slow progress in the past, or who have not benefited from more traditional therapies say that with EMDR they have finally found something that works for them!

[Source: A Brief Description of EMDR Therapy http://www.emdrnetwork.org/description.html]

Parental Guidance:

Parent guidance sessions may be helpful for parents who . . .

are having difficulty redirecting or correcting inappropriate behavior in their child 
want to learn how to help their child deal more effectively with stress
want to help an older child adjust to the birth or adoption of a sibling
are concerned that their child is having difficulty with peers

Trauma Counselling:

Many of us walk around plagued by core wounds that keep repeating themselves in different ways and forms. This treatment facilitates an understanding of how the past influences the present – once we know the reasons why we do things, we have more freedom to make different and more conscious and positive choices.

Hypnotherapy:

HEART-CENTERED HYPNOTHERAPY is psychotherapy in a relaxed state of consciousness to get underneath self-sabotaging patterns of behaviour and agreements made in childhood that are now tripping up the adult. The client is fully aware of his or her surroundings and interacts with the therapist with the goal of opening a door between the subconscious and the conscious mind in order to effect life-long transformation. This is one of the most direct ways to re-program those internal tapes that play in the mind and control behaviour. People emerge from these sessions feeling free of their inner judgment, shame, guilt, anger, grief, jealousy, abandonment, loneliness, and anxiety.