We are trained and experienced in the following Therapies that may be used to help each client. The therapy (or a combination of therapies) used will depend on the specific needs of each client. Your therapist will work with you on a treatment plan to ensure that you are comfortable with the technique(s) used and to ensure that you are progressing and benefiting from the therapy.

Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT) is designed to help people identify, express, regulate, make sense of and transform emotion. Emotions tell us what is important to us in a situation and acts as a guide to what we need or want. This, in turn, helps us to figure out what actions are appropriate. The goals of EFT are to help people become aware of and express their emotions, learn to tolerate and regulate them, reflect on them to make sense of them and transform them, making productive use of their emotions.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-behavioural therapy is a therapy that assumes that maladaptive, or faulty, thinking patterns cause maladaptive (unhealthy) behaviour and "negative" emotions. Maladaptive behavior is behavior that is counter-productive or interferes with everyday living. CBT treatment focuses on changing an individual's thoughts (cognitive patterns) in order to change his or her behaviour and emotional state.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness focuses on becoming aware of moment-to-moment experiences and all incoming thoughts and feelings are accepted instead of attaching to or reacting to them. The goals of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive therapy are to interrupt the automatic processes of the mind (usually distorted thoughts and feelings) and teach a person how to accept and observe thoughts and feelings without judgement; to respond to thoughts and feelings through reflection.

Family Systems Therapy (FST)

Family Systems Therapy regards the family as a whole unit and explores the functioning of the family based on interaction patterns, such as communication and relationship patterns, among all family members, not just individual members. The goal of therapy is to identify maladaptive, or unhealthy patterns of relating within the family unit and learning how to relate in healthier ways to improve everyday living within the family unit.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy assumes that dysfunctional (unhealthy) or unwanted behaviours are caused by unconscious, internal conflicts and focuses on gaining insight into how unconscious, internal conflicts motivate an individual to behave in certain ways. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are to help a client become self-aware of and understand the influence the past has on their present behaviour.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution Focused Brief therapy is a short goal-directed and collaborative approach to helping a person change. The goals of Solution Focused Brief therapy are to focuses on addressing what clients want to achieve (goals) by exploring the history of the problem through a series of questions and developing effective solutions to that problem based on searches for "exceptions" in the person's experiences, times when that person's goals already happened to some degree.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Sensorimotor psychotherapy is a gentle, body-centered therapy that helps people learn to listen to sensations within the body so they can become more aware of and understand how the body has responded to trauma and pain. The goals of sensorimotor psychotherapy are to heighten body awareness in order to allow a person to release themselves from the old patterns that keep them stuck and prevent them from living life fully.

Anger Management Counselling Program (Court Approved)

Bennett Counselling Services offers a Personal, Court Approved, Anger Management program. This program consists of psychoeducation and counselling that is tailored to your specific needs.

Anger Management counselling involves 10 one-to-one sessions that include a domestic abuse component (12 sessions) if required. This program is supervised by a registered psychologist, covered by most extended insurance health programs, offers a flexible fee schedule for uninsured clients, and provides an anger management completion letter at the end of the program.

Session 1: Anger Management Assessment
Session 2: What is Anger About?
Session 3: Discovering Why You Get Angry
Session 4: How Anger Affects You
Session 5: Reducing Anger in Your Life
Session 6: Expressing Yourself Without Anger
Session 7: Learning How to Resolve Conflict
Session 8: Feeling Good About Yourself Again
Session 9: Improving Relationships
Session 10: How to Prevent Losing Control of Your Anger

These two sessions below are added if a domestic abuse component is required.

Session 11: Identifying Abuse
Session 12: Understanding the Effects of Abuse in Relationships