Psychology in Powell River

Dr. Lisa Strickland-Clark

Registered Psychologist

Therapy

You might find one type of therapy suits you better than another.  So, we will work together to establish which therapy will work best for you.  Although I am trained in a wide range of therapies there are some therapies that I use frequently and these are described below.  Each of these is evidence-based, i.e., scientific study has shown them to be effective.  

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is paying attention, in the present moment without judgment.  By approaching your experience with non-judgmental awareness you are able to experience life more fully.

Many of the problems that people bring to therapy can be helped significantly by developing Mindfulness. Research shows that Mindfulness helps prevent relapse of depression, and reduces levels of anxiety.  It has been found effective for chronic pain and a range of other issues.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT focuses on the relationship between your thoughts, moods and behaviour.  It helps you to recognise when stressful and dysfunctional thoughts are influencing your mood and how you act.  During this therapy you will often be asked to carry out experiments to test out how true your thoughts are and to do a range of homework tasks.  You may be asked to keep diary sheets in between sesssions.  CBT is one of the most researched therapies.


EMDR Therapy

EMDR therapy is an eight-phased protocol which assesses your trauma history and prepares you for therapy by teaching you a range of calming and relaxation practices.  It then helps you to focus on the traumatic memory whilst the therapist guides you through a desensitization process using a range of techniques.  These include eye-movements and gentle tones through headphones.  When the memory has been desensitized the protocol prepares you for coping with future stressors.  For more information about EMDR please visit the EMDR page.

PLEASE NOTE THIS PRACTICE IS NOW CLOSED




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