"Evidence-Based Practice" refers to treatment that has been extensively researched and proven to be effective. It is important to us that we engage in therapeutic modalities which are evidence-based in order to ensure we are working together in a safe and effective way. In order to uphold this philosophy, we are committed to staying up-to-date by reading current research and literature, engaging in ongoing training, and participating in individual and group consultation.
Cognitive-Behavioural Approach (and others)
We all carry unique beliefs about ourselves, the world, and other people that can impact patterns in our thinking, feeling, and behaving. Humans experience approximately 50 thoughts every minute that often go unnoticed and unevaluated, which can affect the way we feel and how we respond. Examining the validity and utility of our thoughts and beliefs with a trained professional can uncover patterns in our lives that may or may not be serving us in a helpful way. Depending on one's wishes and comfort, behavioural strategies (such as behavioural experiments, behavioural exposures, and others) can be used to help evaluate cognition and/or create new patterns of behaving, habituation, or new learning. While some of us at VCC utilize a cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness-based cognitive approach, these approaches may not be a good fit for everyone. Other approaches that are frequently utilized at VCC might be DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy). EFT (Emotion-Focused Therapy), CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), among others. We regularly check in with our clients to ensure they feel the therapy is aligning with their comfort levels and expectations.
We are committed to creating a comfortable and nonjudgmental space where individuals can feel at ease exploring their lives and experiences with someone who they know will not judge them. We aim to foster a strong sense of self by helping individuals nurture their strengths, understand the meaning behind their experiences and beliefs, and experience themselves (and perhaps others) with a greater sense of compassion and acceptance.