Balance Psychological Services
Counselling and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy
The team at Balance Psychological Services uses a wide range of therapeutic modalities.
Some of these approaches are described below.
We are always expanding our education and certifications to be able to serve you better. So check back regularly for updates.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
EAP is an experiential therapy that uses guided therapeutic interactions, while caring for horses, to gain insight, promote self regulation, and develop effective coping skills. Research has has show EAP to be effective in addressing PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADHD and other challenges. For additional information check out our blog and resouces pages. Look for the horse symbol on our Meet the Team Page to find a therapist practicing EAP.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT examines how thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes affect feelings and behaviours. Its identifies maladaptive ways of thinking and behaving then incorporates more adaptive patterns to achieve a happier, healthier life.
Trauma Based Therapy
Trauma based approaches to therapy recognize and honour how experiences impact mental, behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. The connection between trauma and one's responses are considered with the goal of processing these memories and arriving at a more adaptive meaning of the experience.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a multi step structured therapy that uses bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), to reduce the negative impact of feelings associated with distressing memories. EMDR therapy is helpful for a wide range of conditions including anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, addictions, trauma and more.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
DBT incorporates both acceptance and change strategies to help clients adaptively regulate emotions and behaviours. Originally developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT is now used to treat a wide range of mental health challenges in diverse client populations.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is an action-oriented approach that incorporates acknowledging emotions as responses to situations while learning to make behavioural changes that support the life you want.
Gottman therapy uses multiple techniques to build new skills that strengthen partner's relationships and reduce interpersonal conflicts. This supports the growth of healthier, happier relationships.
Play therapy helps clients process emotions, articulate problems, and develop solutions through play. Primarily used in younger populations, play therapy can be effective in all ages of clients.
Attachment therapy explores how childhood experiences and relationships impact the ability to form healthy, meaningful connections. Its goal is to improve the ability to form and maintain close, connected interpersonal relationships.
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)
REBT is an action-oriented method of considering how unhelpful, negative thought patterns impact emotions, thoughts, and behaviours. The goal of REBT is to develop healthier, more realistic belief patterns that promote mental health, well being, and life satisfaction.
Mindfullness therapy incorporates conscious, non-judgemental, awareness of one's internal experience to reduce distress and improve quality of life.
Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
SFT is a structured, future oriented, goal-directed problem solving approach focused on the client’s strengths and abilities to support themselves in reaching future goals and ambitions.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
EFT is a structured therapy used to improve attachment and strengthen the bonds between individuals. EFT is used in couples, family, and individual therapy. EFT promotes secure emotional bonds, while improving communication, and interpersonal understanding.
Ecopsychology considers the emotional connection between people and the greater natural world. Research has shown benefits of exposure to nature including reduced stress and improved healing. This is incorporated into the theraputic process to maximize positive outcomes.
Indigenous Tools For Living
ITFL incorporates applied or intergrative therapy techniques through an Indigenous collective lens. This may include experiential exercises, storytelling, ceremonial processes, and land-based healing techniques. Developed for working with complex trauma and marginalized populations, ITFL is designed to honour Indigenous perspectives to promote better therapeutic outcomes.