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What is Exposure Therapy?

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Exposure therapy is a highly effective, evidence-based psychological treatment for a variety of anxiety disorders, including social anxiety. The core principle of exposure therapy is to gradually confront the situations, objects, or thoughts that a person fears in a safe and controlled environment. The goal is to help the individual overcome their avoidance and anxiety…
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Working With an Online Therapist: Preparing for Your First Appointment

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What is an Online Therapist? An online therapist, also known as a virtual therapist or web therapist, is a mental health professional who provides therapy and counselling services remotely, typically through video conferencing, phone calls, or secure messaging platforms. Online therapy has become an increasingly popular option, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it allows…
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Comprehensive Guide to Individual Child Counselling

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Benefits of Child Counselling Engaging in child counselling can provide numerous benefits for young individuals and their families. By working with a qualified child therapist, children can develop healthier coping mechanisms, build stronger emotional intelligence, and gain a deeper understanding of their feelings and behaviors. Through play-based therapy and other age-appropriate techniques, a child therapist…
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Somatic Experiencing for Healing Trauma and Yourself

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What is Somatic Experiencing? Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-oriented approach to healing trauma and other stress-related disorders. Developed by Dr. Peter Levine, SE focuses on the innate ability of the body to regulate and heal itself after experiencing overwhelming events or chronic stress. The premise of SE is that trauma is not stored in…
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Radical DBT: A New Approach to Healing Trauma

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) has revolutionized the treatment of mental health conditions characterized by emotion dysregulation such as borderline personality disorder (BPD). However, for many the standard DBT model leaves underlying trauma unaddressed. Radical DBT takes DBT a step further by placing trauma at the center of treatment. Trauma and BPD are deeply intertwined. The…
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Understanding General Anxiety Disorder

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General anxiety disorder, also known as GAD, is a common mental health condition characterized by excessive and persistent worry about everyday life events. People with GAD find it difficult to control their worry and cannot easily distract themselves from it. Symptoms of GAD can include: GAD often develops gradually over time without an identifiable trigger….
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