The Team at Converging Currents Counselling has a variety of approaches that they use for your counselling sessions. Each counsellor has their own experiences and perspectives on mental health that inform the approach they use. However, we share the belief that problems can be understood once we understand the root cause. We draw from a variety of counselling modalities, described below, in order to support individuals with their personal and professional life goals. Through combining the knowledge and experience of clinical expertise with our own life experiences we are able to help you produce powerful and transformative results in your life.
The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination. ~ Carl Rogers
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Love is a choice, an action, not a feeling.
What is EFT?
EFT approaches romantic relationships through the lens of attachment theory. Attachment Theory takes into consideration the way each person has learned to attach to the most important people in their lives. Our unique attachment style impacts how we react to our partners distress or distance in the relationship. Helping us understand how the science of human bonding is vital in developing a healthy couple relationship. EFT helps couples discover the root cause of the emotional distress threatening their unique bond. It creates space for couples to develop new methods of interacting, while throwing away ineffective old ways of connecting. These new interactions will end and replace unhealthy cycles that have been perpetuating conflict in the relationship.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life.” ~ Joseph Campbell
Most people have the natural ability to cope with day to day stress and find a variety of ways to manage their stress. Our human systems are very adaptive and resilient.
However, when we experience traumatic events in our life our systems sometimes become overloaded or overwhelmed. This means they are unable to fully process the event in a way that allows us to move forward or adapt. The traumatic event is coded with all the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings that we experience during the disturbing event.
Our systems find ways that “make sense” to deal with the trauma (whether it’s a big Trauma or small trauma). Sometimes the systems way of coping leads to anxiety, depression, nightmares, night terrors, self-harming. There may also be other maladaptive ways of protecting the self from further pain and suffering. This is the systems way of dealing with overwhelming stress and trauma.
Although, it seems unhealthy to some, it actually makes good sense. Research studies have identified that trauma or disturbing events affects the neural processes of our brains. These processes can actually be seen on CT and MRI scans of the brain.
Unfortunately (despite the fact that these maladaptive, new coping methods that our systems have adopted, make sense) Mental health challenges are still seen as a system crash/malfunction.
Personally, I think it’s our systems way of staying alive. Sometimes it needs to crash in order to protect us. Instead of recognizing the protective nature of what our nervous systems are doing, often people are labeled with disorders. Often, we turn to pharmocoptherapy to solve the problem.
Natural Healing Capacity
EMDR is form of therapy that taps into the human systems natural capacity to heal and recover. Through the use of bilateral stimulation (eye movements or tapping) the brain is able to access its natural ability to heal and to reprocess the traumatic event. It turns this into information that is adaptive and healing. It is similar to the way the body uses the REM cycle or dream state to process difficult and challenging events that occur during the day. The eye movements stimulate the brains neural processes, allowing it to recode the information in ways that are more helpful and healthy.
Want To know More?
If your considering EMDR Therapy, I recommend that you read “The EMDR Revolution: Change Your Life One Memory at a Time, The Client’s Guide.”
Relational Systems Perspective
“The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.” ~ Alexandra Penney
Systems Theory highlights relationships and the interpersonal space between people that characterizes those relationships. We look at the recurring patterns of interactions, and the ways in which these patterns are either healthy or otherwise unhealthy. Collaboratively with the client’s help, we will distinguish negative patterns and then co-construct change towards healing patterns. Sometimes, We may accentuate behaviours being enacted by family members. We do this because certain behaviours can predict other complementary behaviours that become coupled in an ongoing interaction pattern.
The Family Systems Therapy stance requires a shift away from individual and the individual as problem towards a holistic view of individuals in relationships. We seek to understand the context of relational interactions and we emphasize patterns of interaction (what is happening versus why it is happening).
Together We Embrace Life’s Challenges.
Reciprocity is a sacred component of Collaborative Therapy. We see the client and the counsellor as conversational partners, engaging in a collaborative relationship through dialogical conversations.
It requires the counsellor to take up the position of “not-knowing”. A “listening posture” of curiosity about the client’s reality, beliefs, and experiences. The counsellor is neither a content or outcome expert. Instead, the counsellor is responsible for fostering collaborative relationships and generative conversations. This, in turn, leads to shared inquiry about the issues or tasks the client reveals as important to him or her.
It means that client knowledge is important and valued because the client is the expert on their life and their unique experiences.
Animal Assisted Therapy
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~Anatole France
Animal Assisted Therapy compliments traditional therapy by using an animal as an attachment figure within the therapy setting. “River” is Converging Currents’ very own therapy dog. He loves to join sessions and used in both adult and child sessions at the request of the client. River does a great job of helping emotional or distressed clients calm and ground themselves. He also helps children build trust in their relationship with both him and their therapist in session.
There is a lot of research on the fact that animals help humans heal and can have a therapeutic impact on those attending counselling.
What Research says:
- Simply petting and touching an animal helps the nervous system release an automatic relaxation response. Serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin are all hormones that help us calm and relax, Touching the fur of an animal can help the brain release these mood altering hormones.
- Animals can help people feel relaxed and peaceful, lowering anxiety and stress in individuals.
- Animals can help with mental stimulation, which can support memory recall
- Animals calming affect can help lower blood pressure and increase cardiovascular health.
If you have any questions Converging Currents offers a FREE fifteen minute virtual consultation, so that potential clients can meet their counsellor before booking an appointment. Contact Converging Currents for an initial, no obligation, confidential virtual consultation. We, also, offer Telemental Health Counselling online: Please see Virtual Counselling for more information about online sessions from the comfort of your home.