Shauna Switzer's counselling and psychotherapy for trauma, anxiety disorders, personality, mood, and depressive disorders and symptoms is a powerful integrative treatment. Shauna's method uses evidence-based approaches, such as EMDR, with interventions from Relational Psychotherapy, IFS, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and, for kids and families, Theraplay®. This method transforms painful memories into growth and learning, turning the suffering into something from the past that one no longer feels the need to avoid, fear, or relive. Call us, healing is just around the corner.
The evidence is out! Increasing your capacity to accept and observe your inner and outer experience calmly and with neutrality leads to both mental and physical health and well-being. Mindfulness based counselling is a core treatment approach that we offer to support your peace of mind. In fact, we combine treatment approaches, such as emotion and compassion focused therapies, with CBT, EMDR, and mindfulness based therapies to help you cope with difficult emotions & transform the lens through which you view the world. See the world through new eyes today!
The powerful human needs inherent in our family & couple bonds often generate strong emotions and fears, leading to difficult relationship and parenting issues. Emotionally focused and experiential individual, family, couple, and step-family counselling, often combined with play therapy based on the principles of Theraplay®, help families process their emotions, overcome their worries, and strengthen bonds, healing struggles between loved ones. We can help you establish peace and understanding in your home and relationships.
This therapeutic approach is about increasing our capacity to mentalize - the ability to understand one's own and others' mental states, thereby comprehending one's own and others' intentions and feelings. This will involve thinking about what is causing other people and ourselves to think about the way that we do. The therapy teaches empathy and makes it easier for people to relate to those around them. These skills may come naturally to some people, but for others, this is a very important neurological process that must be actively developed.
Neurobiological research over the past decade or so has revealed the radical relationality of human consciousness. That is, our brains are inherently social and are constructed within our important and primary relationships. We know now that our brains can change, grow and mature over our lifetime, thus, the benefits of relational psychotherapy and counselling can be had at any age or stage of life.
Psychological problems are viewed by relational psychotherapists as resulting from unhealthy, neglectful, or abusive relationships and experiences that shape our sense of self, our thoughts beliefs and feelings about ourselves, as well as our expectations of relationships. Relational trauma and disruptions lead to a variety of symptoms, poor emotion regulation, unhealthy relationship patterns, and psychological problems that impact our present day to day lives.
IPSRT combines Interpersonal Psychotherapy developed by Gerald Klerman and Myrna Weissman with Social Rhythm Therapy to effectively treat Bipolar Disorder. Treatment emphasizes the link between the regularity of daily routines and other social and daily routines that subserve the sleep/wake cycle. Therapists using IPSRT help clients map out the links among regular daily routines (especially sleep/waking routines), interpersonally relevant life events, and mood and how all of those things fit together. As such, treatment addresses the role of the sleep/wake cycle in Bipolar Disorder symptoms and patterns and the impact of interpersonal events that disturb both the daily routines, promoting regular routines that lead to emotional stability and minimizing chaotic routines that lead to less emotional stability.
There is much evidence that change from psychotherapy and counselling is a result of the quality of the client and psychotherapist relationship, rather than from specific interventions used or strategies learned. Relational psychotherapy places the interactive exploration between the client and therapist at the core of treatment. The relationship produces shifts towards more organization, integration, and coherence in the client's self and life narrative. Long standing and recalcitrant symptoms reduce, as new relational experiences help change implicit ways of understanding and knowing the self and others. These changes lead to new capacities and quality in a client's relationships and life overall.
A Personality Disorder is a characteristic condition rather than a symptomatic condition, such an an anxiety disorder, and it must be thought of differently and dealt with differently than a symptomatic condition. A personality can be thought of as a Psychological “Toolkit” that contains tools for living, called traits, which are a cohesive set of thoughts, feelings and behaviours. An individual with a Personality Disorder tends to emphasize one trait to the exclusion of other traits, leading to a lack of diversity in characteristics and profound interpersonal difficulties. Families often struggle to understand a loved one who has a Personality Disorder and multiple members of a family may suffer from a personality disorder, leading to chaos and interpersonal conflict and, often, violence and abuse. It is important to find an informed and competent therapist who has the training in to work with Personality Disorders.
The Neethling Brain Instruments (NBI®) is a revolutionary battery of instruments that strives to develop whole-brain thinking and indicates your personal thinking preferences.
What will the NBI® tell me?
The NBI® gives an indication of how you:
• communicate, act towards other people or in certain situations
• do business, learn, teach
• would manage in a certain career
• solve problems, make decisions
The NBI® enables you to develop effective parenting strategies, and relationships, resolve conflicts in your personal and professional life, receive the best guidance in choosing a new career & best study practices
You are still in control! We use hypnotherapy and the power of mental imagery to help individuals cope with negative emotional states, such as stress, anxiety, pain, fatigue & mood disorders. We also help them break bad habits or achieve other positive changes, such as weight loss. Mental imagery and soothing verbal repetition ease the individual into a relaxed peaceful state of mind. Once relaxed, our minds are more open to transformative change and counselling.
We offer the researched and evidence-based Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) music therapy of Dr. Stephen Porges to help individuals initiate and access a physiological state conducive to well-being, positive engagement with others, and growth in learning. The treatment, administered over five consecutive days, was originally designed to support those with autism, but is now used for a variety of mental health issues. We use it as a pre-treatment for ADD/ADHD counselling, enabling individuals to more effectively engage in therapies aimed at developing social skills and awareness, and often prior to trauma therapy. The SSP often leads to dramatic changes in one’s ability to engage socially with more openness and feelings of safety in connection to others. The SSP is administered at our office over the course of five consecutive days (one hour per day).