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APPROACH

Art therapy

 Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate. 

- Canadian Art Therapy Association
CANADIANARTTHERAPY.ORG

Person-centered

Person-centered therapy views the client as the expert of their own life. The person-centered therapist strives to understand and create a safe space in which clients are supported to grow.

- Evangeline Barrow

YELLOWTREETHERAPY.COM

Narrative therapy

Narrative therapy is a collaborative and non-pathologizing approach that [centers] people as the experts of their own lives. [It] views problems as separate from people and assumes people [have] many skills, abilities, [and] values... that will assist them to change.

- Narrative Therapy Centre
NARRATIVETHERAPYCENTRE.COM

Trauma-informed

A trauma-informed approach reflects adherence to six key principles: Safety; trustworthiness and transparency; peer support; collaboration and mutuality; empowerment, voice and choice; and cultural, historical, and gender issues.

- Community Connections
MENTALHEALTH.ORG

Cognitive behavioural therapy

CBT helps people learn to identify, question and change how their thoughts, attitudes and beliefs relate to the emotional and behavioural reactions that cause them difficulty.

- The Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
CAMH.CA

Mindfulness-based

Mindfulness is... an invitation to focus on what we are doing, thinking, and feeling in this moment. It's also a skill developed by deciding to slow down and be curious about the things we're experiencing.

- Canadian Mental Health Association

EDMONTON.CMHA.CA

Summary

OF APPROACH

My approach is holistic and informed by theory and practice from the approaches above. 

People seek therapy for many different reasons. Simply put, they usually want to feel heard and supported, and are often seeking help to figure something out. Sometimes clients have a clear idea of what they want help with right from the start, and sometimes a big part of the journey is figuring out what direction to go in. That direction might unfold and change up until, and beyond, your final session.

 

Wherever you’re at when you start therapy, I believe that each person faces unique challenges and barriers and, with that, they bring a unique set of strengths and values that can help them thrive. I also believe that creativity is essential to finding solutions and to personal growth. Creativity opens us to new possibilities by helping us see things from different perspectives. I endeavor to facilitate healing and growth by creating a safe space; helping you access and use your strengths; and working with you to find creative ways forward. 

 

Most problems are multifaceted and involve interactions between our thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behaviors. Moreover, all problems occur within a context. I acknowledge the multifaceted nature of problems and work toward solutions in a way that honors and incorporates those various parts. To this end, it can be helpful to incorporate art making into our work. Making art requires you to actively engage your brain (thoughts) and your body (sensations and actions), and can expand emotional expression.  Furthermore, art provides a non-verbal means of exploring context and experiences that are difficult to articulate. Learn more about Art Therapy here. I respect that some people may not wish to use art in therapy, and I'm happy to explore creative ways forward through traditional talk therapy with you.

Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.

- Shira Tamir

 Goal setting

Part of therapy is figuring out what you want and need, and learning to communicate that to others. Setting goals for our work together helps me tailor my approach to you. It’s also a good way for us to track progress and find out what works or doesn’t work. In our first sessions, we’ll discuss what brings you in and I’ll help you develop goals that fit for you (your first goal might be to set a second goal for therapy!). 

Pace

Therapy should move at a pace that works for you. It's most important that you feel safe and supported in therapy. It's also important that you have opportunities for growth. To this end, I may challenge you at times, and I will check in with you periodically to ensure the pace is right. I also ask that you communicate with me the best you can, so we can find the right pace. If things are going too fast or slow, let me know. 

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CONTACT

LINKS

CONNECT

Yellowtree Therapy Services acknowledges and respects that the land on which we work is Treaty territory and a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous people.

info@yellowtreetherapy.com 

#202 - 10359 82 Ave NW

Edmonton, AB T6E 1Z9 

Located in Elevated Wellness Therapies (2nd Floor, Tipton Block)

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