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Approaches Tailored to You

The team at Converging Currents Counselling employs a diverse array of approaches tailored to your unique counseling needs. Our dedicated counselors each bring their own specialized training and experiences with them to the therapy room offering distinctive perspectives to your mental health journey. What unites us as a team is our unwavering belief that delving into the ‘root cause’ of problems is the key to understanding and growth.

We harness a variety of counselling modalities, outlined below, to empower clients in their pursuit of personal and professional life goals. By melding clinical expertise with our own life wisdom, we create a dynamic synergy that enables us to facilitate profound and transformative change in your life. Your journey towards a more empowered and fulfilling life starts here.

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.”

Carl Rodgers

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.

Human Bonding

Understanding 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 relational bond. It creates space for couples to develop new methods of interacting, while throwing away ineffective and old ways of connecting. The couple will learn to replace the unhealthy cycles, that perpetuate conflict, with new interaction patterns that strengthen the emotional connection and intimacy in the relationship.

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life.”

Joseph Campbell

EMDR

Most people have the natural ability to cope with day to day stress while finding a variety of ways to manage their stress. The human system is extremely adaptive and resilient.

However, traumatic events in our life can cause our systems to become overloaded and overwhelmed. When this happens a person is unable to fully process the event in a way that allows us them to move forward or adapt. The traumatic event is coded in the brain with all the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings that we experience during the disturbing event.

Making Sense

Our systems attempts to “make sense” out of the traumatic experience (whether it’s a big Trauma or small trauma) as a way to come to terms with the experience. Sometimes the systems way of coping or “making sense” leads to adverse reactions, such as, 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 may seem counterintuitive, it actually makes good sense. Research studies have identified that trauma or disturbing events affects the neural processes and development of our brains. These differences in the brain can actually be seen visually 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 disruption and can have painstaking consequences in our lives.

Personally, I believe it’s our systems way of staying alive. Sometimes it needs to crash and reorganize itself, in order to protect us. Instead of recognizing the protective nature of what our nervous systems are doing, the medical system often wants to label people with mental health disorders. Then turn to pharmocotherapy to solve the problem.

Natural Healing Capacity

EMDR 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 you’re considering EMDR Therapy, I recommend that you read “The EMDR Revolution: Change Your Life One Memory at a Time, The Client’s Guide.”

“The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.”

Alexandra Penney

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Relational Systems Perspective

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 behaviors being enacted by family members. We do this because certain behaviours can predict other complementary behaviors that become coupled in an ongoing interaction pattern.

Holistic View

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.”

Collaborative Theory

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

Generative 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.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

Anatole France

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Animal Assisted Therapy

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, in both adult and child sessions, at the request of the client. River does a great job of helping emotional 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 the 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 have a calming affect that can help lower blood pressure and increase cardiovascular health.

Learn More

If you have any questions please email or call us and we would be happy to address your questions prior to booking you for an appointment. Contact Converging Currents so that we can answer your questions. We, also, offer Telemental Health Counselling online: Please see Virtual Counselling for more information about online sessions from the comfort of your home.

Your path, your way.

We would be happy to discuss which approach would be best for your situation. Have more questions? Contact us for further information.

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