At Change Clinic, we offer both brief therapy and long term therapy.
Brief therapy is goal-directed and relies on focused assessment, client engagement, and rapid implementation of change strategies. Examples of presenting problems for clients seeking brief therapy include: acute marital/relationship conflict, work stress, social anxiety, difficulty public speaking, adaptation to a diagnosis of an illness, adjustment to physical injury, and other dysfunction related to specific stressors. In brief therapy:
a specific problem (i.e. stressor) is identified as a cause for the presenting distress and/or dysfunction
thoughts and beliefs about the stressor are determined (e.g. perceptions about judgement, belief in one's ability [confidence], expectations of recovery, loss of meaning)
behaviours in response to the stressor are also determined (e.g. avoidance, procrastination, withdrawal, conflict)
specific goals are agreed upon between the therapist and the client with aim of transforming unhealthy to healthy thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours
strategies are identified or developed to approach the treatment goals
and finally, an action plan is developed and followed with the constant support and guidance of the therapist
In Long term therapy we focus on treating long-standing emotional difficulties with individuals and couples. Examples of presenting problems for clients seeking long term therapy include chronic anxiety or depression, personality disorders (e.g. borderline or narcissistic), re-occurring relationship difficulties, and adjustment/acceptance of loss or ongoing chronic trauma. In long term therapy:
a thorough psychological assessment is conducted to develop a comprehensive conceptualization of the clients internal (thoughts and emotions) and external (relationships and stressors) experience.
long-standing patterns or cycles that result in dysfunction and distress are identified
reasons for the development of these "characterological" patterns are explored
strategies are implemented and tested over time to establish new patterns of healthier and more successful behaviour
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