At The Couch Counselling, we specialize in psychotherapy to help individuals manage and overcome various mental health challenges. We work with clients in Brantford, Ontario and the surrounding regions, and have been working in the community for over 7 years.

Psychotherapy is a valuable tool that can provide support, teach coping strategies, and offer new perspectives on personal issues.

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It is often referred to as “talk therapy” or just “therapy” and involves a collaborative relationship between a therapist and one or more clients. The overall goal of psychotherapy is to help individuals resolve their problems by exploring their thoughts, emotions and behaviours.

Our experienced team of therapists and counsellors work with clients in the Brantford area to treat many issues and disorders, including but not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Stress
  • Relationship Issues
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Addiction and Substance Abuse
  • Personality Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self-Esteem and Self-Image Issues
  • Chronic Illness and Pain Management
  • Life Transitions and Decision Making

Our Methods

The history of psychotherapy dates back to the 19th century, but the practice gained more momentum in the 20th century as it proved to be effective. As a result, there are hundreds of different forms of psychotherapy that have been practiced and adapted over the years.

At our centers, we offer a range of effective therapy techniques including:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is based on the belief that the way we feel and behave is a direct result of the way we think. It is not our external environment (people, situations, or events) that are the cause but how we think about them. By changing our negative thoughts to more balanced and positive ones, we can then feel and act in a healthier way.

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a phased, focused approach to treating trauma and other symptoms by reconnecting the traumatized person in a safe and measured way to the images, self-thoughts, emotions, and body sensations associated with the trauma, and allowing the natural healing powers of the brain to move toward adaptive resolutions.

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Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)

Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) is a goal-oriented approach to therapy that focuses on finding practical solutions to current problems rather than dwelling on past difficulties. With its emphasis on quickly finding and implementing solutions, SFT aims to help individuals identify and amplify their existing skills and abilities to create positive change in their lives.

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Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a modified type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others.

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Play Therapy

Play therapy is a type of therapy that uses play to help the child communicate what is distressing them, since children are not always able to express themselves verbally. In the way talk therapy works in adults; children process through play and will act out issues in their play. Play is an important part of a child’s world.

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Trauma-Informed Therapy

Trauma-Informed Therapy is an approach in the human service field that assumes that an individual is more likely than not to have a history of trauma. Trauma-Informed Care recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role trauma may play in an individual’s life.

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Sand Tray Therapy

Sand tray therapy is A creative therapeutic technique where a person expresses their understanding of themselves or their world through figurines or miniatures.

The scenes created in a sand tray reflect the person’s past and present inner thoughts, feelings, and hardships. Especially good for children who do not have words to express their traumas. Used for both children and adults.

Making Your First Appointment at The Couch Counselling

Beginning your journey with The Couch Counselling is a straightforward and supportive process. Our goal is to ensure that you feel comfortable as we work to build a therapy plan that is tailored to your individual needs right from the start.

Step 1: Reaching Out
Your path to personal growth and healing begins with a simple step: reaching out to us. You can contact The Couch Counselling via phone, email, or through the contact form on our website. We understand the importance of finding the right support, and we’re here to answer any questions you might have about our services and how we can help.

Step 2: Scheduling Your Consultation
Upon receiving your inquiry, our dedicated team will respond promptly to discuss your needs and schedule a consultation. We strive to make this process as seamless as possible, accommodating your preferences and schedule.

Step 3: Your Consultation
Your consultation can take place over the phone or in person, offering you the flexibility and comfort you need. We have welcoming spaces located in both Brantford and St. George, allowing you to choose the most convenient option for you. During this initial consultation, your therapist will engage with you in a thoughtful conversation to understand your concerns, goals, and preferences. This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions, get to know your therapist and feel more comfortable with the therapy process.

Step 4: Tailoring Your Therapy Plan
Based on the insights gained during the consultation, your therapist will collaborate with you to determine the most effective therapy method that aligns with your individual needs. Together, you’ll build a personalized therapy plan designed to guide you through your healing journey and towards achieving your mental health and well-being goals.

At The Couch Counselling, we are committed to providing a supportive, respectful, and confidential environment where you can explore, grow, and heal. We understand that taking the first step can be the hardest, but we’re here to walk with you every step of the way.