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Individual Therapy - Laurie Bedard, M.A.C. - Addiction Therapist

Approaches

Areas of Speciality

  • Relapse Prevention
  • Post-Treatment Planning
  • Developing positive emotions
  • Identifying positive characteristics

 Coping-focused and strength based psychotherapy:

  • Intrapersonal skills (negative thoughts and craving management)
  • Anger management
  • Rediscovering pleasant activities
  • Relaxation skills
  • Decision making and problem solving skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Handling criticism (can be high risk behaviour - giving or receiving since it often involves anger)
  • Intimate relationship management
  • General support and social networking skills

Description of Approaches

I primarily use a cognitive behavioural approach with some exploratory psychotherapy in the initial phase of individual therapy.

Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.  When using positive psychology I focus on two major concerns: positive emotions and positive individual traits. Understanding positive emotions entails developing contentment with the past, happiness in the present, and hope for the future. Understanding positive individual traits consists of exploring personal strengths and virtues, such as the capacity for love and work, courage, compassion, resilience, creativity, curiosity, integrity, self-knowledge, moderation, self-control, and wisdom.  This exploration of positive emotions and individual traits is done for the purpose of creating positive and sustained change.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

When using cognitive behavioural therapy techniques, I teach that when our mind is healthy, it is our thinking that causes us to feel and act the way we do.  It is essential when one experiences unwanted feeling and behaviours, he or she must identify the thinking that is causing the feelings and behaviours for the purpose of learning how to replace this thinking with thoughts that lead to more desirable reactions.

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