Here at Nourishing Hearts I offer a variety of counselling and therapy approaches. I believe there is no one "right" way for counselling to occur. Some may only want traditional in-office talk therapy, others may want the traditional talk therapy session to be held outside in nature, while others may find it comforting to have animals present in their session. Then there some people who may find traditional talk therapy uncomfortable or intimidating and discover comfort in other therapies. I use an eclectic humanistic approach that looks at the whole person with an emphasis on a person’s positive traits and behaviors, and their ability to use their personal instincts to find wisdom, growth, healing, and fulfillment within themselves. I draw on vast therapeutic approaches to tailor sessions to individual needs, interests, and strengths.
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Nourishing Hearts' therapeutic approaches
A Place to Belong
Today's world can be very critical and demanding of unrealistic expectations. Nourishing Hearts offers an escape from those pressures and provides a safe and accepting place to be "just as you are", especially for those who struggle to fit in and to be accepted for their uniqueness.
Talk therapy, also known as psychotherapy, is based on the core idea that talking about the things that are bothering you can help with emotional distress. By talking through emotions, moods, thoughts, and behaviors, people can learn about their mental health as well as how to cope with those conditions.
Animal Assisted Therapy
Animal-assisted therapy is a therapeutic intervention that incorporates animals, such as horses, dogs, cats, pigs, goats, sheep, and birds, into the treatment plan. It is used to enhance and complement the benefits of traditional therapy.
Play therapy is a psychotherapeutic treatment approach specifically developed to help children between the ages of three to 12 years old. It provides an opportunity for the child to ‘play out’ his or her feelings and problems, just as, in certain adult therapy, an individual ‘talks out’ his or her difficulties.
Nature Assisted Therapy
Nature Assisted Therapy is therapeutic interventions that incorporate plants, natural materials, and/or outdoor environments. It is based on the idea that people are connected to and impacted by the natural environment. Provides an opportunity to explore their relationship with nature, not only from what they see but from what they experience through other senses as well.
No Talk Therapy
No talk therapy is an approach for the treatment of children and adolescents who won't or can't respond to traditional, conversation-based therapy. Within an interpersonal and developmental framework, the goals of no-talk therapy
are to provide someone to be close to, something to be proud of and
to develop wonder.
Therapeutic art involves the use of creative techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, coloring, or sculpting to help people express themselves artistically and examine the psychological and emotional undertones in their art to gain a better understanding of their feelings and behavior so they can move on to resolve deeper issues.
Sandtray therapy is a nonverbal, therapeutic intervention that makes use of a sand tray, toy figures, and sometimes water, to create scenes of miniature worlds that reflect a person’s inner thoughts, struggles, and concerns and allows them the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and gain acceptance of self.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.
Risky play is thrilling and exciting activities that involve a risk of physical injury, and play that provides opportunities for challenge, testing limits, exploring boundaries, and learning about injury risk. Activities such as climbing, sliding, balancing, jumping from heights, and hanging upside down can be considered risky.
With the current global Covid-19 pandemic, I want to make sure all my clients are taken care of, even if that means providing therapy through different formats including telephone and video sessions. The main and most obvious benefit of video and telephone therapy is the ability to receive treatment in the comfort of your own home, whether you’re unwell, or socially isolating.