How we can help

Our Therapy Approach
 

First and foremost, we see ourselves as scientist-practitioners, which means that our assessment and treatment practices are guided by the most current research evidence possible, and we tailor the therapy to suit the particular client who we are working with.  

Our main treatment approach, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that aims to help clients understand their difficulties as an interrelationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.  Clients then learn simple and effective strategies to help them manage and improve their current distress, and they are given tools to protect them from relapsing in the future.  

We also offer treatment in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), a treatment approach that was designed specifically to help individuals who experience intense emotions.  As a result of these painful emotions, these individuals often have problems with impulsive behaviours, difficulties in relationships, and challenges knowing who they are and what they want. DBT treatment is composed of a series of structured modules that help to address each of these areas of difficulty.

In addition to CBT and DBT, when appropriate, we incorporate other evidence-based treatment approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT),  Schema Therapy, and Mindfulness Meditation.

We also work from our first interactions with all of our clients to establish a strong working relationship, to identify our client’s goals for assessment and treatment, and to be clear with our clients about the ways we can work together to reach those goals.  In this way, we aim to create a positive working alliance, which has been shown to be a very important factor in predicting positive therapeutic outcome.

Psychoeducational Assessments

We also offer comprehensive assessments and treatment for learning disabilities, giftedness, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and intellectual disabilities.  We are pleased to see children, adolescents, and adults and we are mindful that receiving a diagnosis and treatment is important and time sensitive.  For that reason, we make every effort to ensure that assessments and treatments are scheduled as soon as possible and that reports and feedback are expedited.

 
 

Group Therapy

DBT Skills Group

Group training can provide individuals with ways to identify when emotions are intense, how to accept, change, and/or cope with emotions before they lead to problems or create crises, and how to have more peaceful relationships with themselves and others. It is organized around four skills modules: Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Mindfulness. 

Two therapists co-lead the group. The group is limited to a maximum of 8 participants. These 2-hr groups will be offered for 13 weeks, including an individual orientation session. The group format is based directly on Dr. Marsha Linehan’s 13-week group outline.  Please contact us for more detailed information. 

Mindfulness Meditation

Are you feeling overwhelmed?  Worn down?  Are your thoughts racing?  Mindfulness meditation can help!  Over the past 5-10 years, the research supporting mindfulness meditation as an effective means of treating stress, depression, and anxiety has grown exponentially.  Come learn the principles of meditation in this six-week stress-reduction meditation group, and see how it can help you.

  • Tuesday Evenings (7-8:30pm) Full, please contact us and we can add you to our waitlist for the next group.

  • Group format plus 1 on 1 counselling with the instructor, both face-to-face and via facebook

  • Covered by most insurance plans

  • $215 (HST exempt) for a six week session.

 

We are currently registering clients for this group, so please contact us at 289-427-5577 or intake@whitepinepsychology.ca if you would like more information.

Family Support Groups

Do you have a loved one who struggles with emotion regulation problems or Borderline Personality Disorder?

You are not alone and we can help.

Our monthly BPD Family Support Group is a safe and caring space to:

  • Learn about BPD and Emotion Regulation Difficulties and how to support your loved one

  • Share and receive support/suggestions from those who are struggling with similar difficulties

  • Gain a positive support network of individuals who really understand what you’re going through

 

Groups are held on a monthly basis

Mondays 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

$50/session (covered by most insurance plans)

Pre-registration is required so please call us at 289-427-5577 or email us at intake@drcarmenweiss.ca

 

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