Pragmatic, traditional therapies have been demonstrated effective for treating adjustment struggles (illness, career, school), depression, anxiety (including panic), stress and pain, interpersonal challenges, and for building self-esteem, hope, and relaxation.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Effective therapy involves getting to know oneself better, building skills, and taking action. CBT is a very popular pragmatic approach that can help you understand and positively influence thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.
Making big changes or overcoming ambivalent feelings can be arduous and discouraging. Motivational interviewing is a collaborative counselling method that uses Socratic questions to quickly uncover your salient values, help you resolve dilemmas, and harness motivation for significant lifestyle changes.
We can’t always influence the amount, intensity, or duration of stress in our lives. However, we can minimize its harm to our quality of life. Mindfulness is a simple meditative practice of non-judgmental awareness of thoughts and feelings, which can help you experience calm, even amidst the storms of life.
Assertiveness and Non-Violent Communication
Expressing oneself clearly and honestly can be difficult at the best of times, let alone when confronted with difficult circumstances. Assertiveness is an interpersonal skill that can help you honour and express your feelings, needs, and wishes, while earning the attention, respect, and influence you deserve—in both tough and gentle times.
Working Intentionally with Hope
Hope is pivotal to well-being. It can be dampened, yet it can also be mindfully nurtured. Working intentionally with hope can help you regain focus and master self-confidence to overcome adversity. It is the character strength most consistently and robustly associated with life satisfaction. Learn more