Our Approaches


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT was developed by Dr. Russ Harris, a physician and psychotherapist. It is a behavioural therapy that combines mindfulness skills and the practice of self-acceptance in which commitment becomes an important element. It encourages the individual to accept his/her thoughts and his/her emotions rather than fight them, and thus to become more realistic about the challenges to overcome, and to establish solutions to implement. Research demonstrates that ACT is useful, among others, for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression, and chronic pain.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT was developed by Dr. Aaron Beck, a psychiatrist. The fundamental principle of CBT is that thoughts, emotions, and behaviours influence each other. It allows the individual to become more aware of and change “worrisome”, “unhelpful”, and “unrealistic” thoughts to change emotions and behaviours. Research demonstrates that CBT is useful, among others, for anxiety, depression, ADHD, and ASD.

Collaborative Problem-Solving

The collaborative problem-solving approach was developed by Dr. Ross Greene, a psychologist. It states that children can do well when they can and that children demonstrate challenging behaviours when expectations exceed their ability. When this approach is used, parents are involved in the sessions to work collaboratively to find mutually agreeable solutions to the child’s/youth’s challenging behaviour.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

DBT was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, a psychologist. It is a modified approach to CBT that aims to teach the individual to live in the moment, to better tolerate distress with healthy strategies, to better regulate emotions, and to improve relationships with others. DBT was originally developed for borderline personality disorder. However, it has been adapted to generally intervene with individuals who have challenges managing their emotions and who use self-destructive behaviours. Research demonstrates that DBT may also be effective, among others, for generalized anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression, and ADHD.

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)

EFFT was co-developed by Dr. Adele Lafrance, a psychologist, and is a life-span approach that aims to support parents or any significant family member in their role in the recovery of the individual with a mental health challenge and thus become “active agents” for that goal. This approach can be offered with the entire family, parent-child, or parents only.

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

EFT was developed by Dr. Les Greenberg and Dr. Sue Johnson, psychologists, and is a humanistic approach. It identifies patterns or cycles within the individual by looking at attachment style to explore how it affects reactions and behaviours. Research demonstrates that EFT is useful, among others, for depression and trauma. It is also useful for interpersonal difficulties including significant unresolved emotions from the individual’s past and more complex grief.

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT-C)

EFT-C was also developed by Dr. Les Greenberg and Dr. Sue Johnson, psychologists. It is rooted in attachment and emotional theories. It allows individuals and partners to recognize their emotional responses, attachments, and needs to support them in communicating effectively. It also helps to create new cycles of interaction so that partners can build a stronger bond in their relationship.

Systemic Approach

The systemic approach focuses on the strength of relationships to overcome mental health challenges. It then allows family members to better understand the challenges and implications related to mental health. The systemic approach can be used for a variety of issues: behavioural challenges in children or adolescents, family changes/transitions, communication challenges between family members and/or conflicts between siblings, etc.