Calgary Therapy Services
The taboo against mental health care is finally lifting in our culture, and that means “Calgary therapy” is becoming a more popular search term in and around the city. Whether it is due to our up-and-down economy, global health scares, or general difficulties that many people experience, Calgarians from Symons Valley to Silverado are seeking out psychological therapy more than ever before.
Here’s what you need to know: you don’t have to face these struggles alone. Our experienced and passionate team of psychologists, located in Douglasdale in southeastern Calgary, have the skills required to help everyone – with trauma, anxiety, depression, anger management, self confidence, and more. If you or someone you know could benefit from these tools for getting through hard times, reach out today and let’s get to know each other!
How Therapy Helps
Therapy can be incredibly beneficial for people struggling with various issues, including:
mental health concerns
general lifestyle difficulties
By providing a safe and supportive space to explore one's thoughts and feelings, therapy can help people gain insight into themselves, develop coping strategies, enhance communication and relationship skills, and ultimately improve overall well-being. With the guidance of a trained therapist, individuals can learn to manage their emotions, reduce stress and anxiety, and make positive changes in their lives.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
People in Calgary often experience higher rates of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), particularly during the long and dark winter months. Due to Calgary's northern latitude and high altitude, we experience shorter daylight hours, colder temperatures, and less sunlight. This can contribute to feelings of low mood, fatigue, and lethargy.
Symptoms of SAD can range from mild to severe and may impact a person's ability to function in their daily life. There are treatments, though, including therapy, light therapy, and medication. If you experience these symptoms during seasonal changes, it might be worth seeking a professional opinion!
Our Therapy Approaches
Our therapists have a broad range of methodologies and approaches for the people of Calgary to use. These are matched to each person and their unique circumstances. Some of these include:
The Gottman Method
The Gottman Method is a research-based approach to couples therapy that focuses on strengthening relationships through building friendship, managing conflict, and creating shared meaning. Developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, the approach is grounded in more than four decades of scientific research on what makes relationships succeed or fail. It uses assessment tools to identify strengths and challenges, with specific interventions to help couples deepen their connection, improve communication and intimacy, and create a fulfilling, long-lasting relationship.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is a form of therapy that uses rapid eye movements, relaxation, and visualizations to help clients process traumatic memories and reduce distressing symptoms. These techniques allow individuals to create new neural pathways that reprocess their experiences, promote healing, and overcome any negative impacts.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a goal-oriented therapy that focuses on changing negative patterns of thought and behaviour – replacing them with more positive and realistic ones while building better coping strategies. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are interconnected, and that by changing the way we think and behave, we can improve our emotional well-being.
Narrative therapy is an approach that focuses on the stories people tell about themselves and their lives, using a process called externalization. By changing these stories, individuals can change the way they see themselves and their experiences. Narrative therapy involves exploring and deconstructing these stories, and creating new ones that are more positive and empowering.
Other Types of Therapy
There are many other types of therapy that we offer to Calgarians as well – Solution Focused Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Somatic Therapy, and even more. That means we can work with you to find a custom fit for your needs, whatever they may be…so feel free to ask all about them!
Therapy in Calgary
Taking the first steps toward better mental health should be a priority for all people in our city, whether they’re a C-Train driver, an executive in the Bow Building, or an entrepreneur with a shop near us in Quarry Park. And best of all, when you start the process, there are multiple options for how to proceed.
Calgary Couples Therapy
Within couples therapy, it is important to remember that there is no such thing as a "perfect" relationship. Couples may seek therapy at any relationship stage, a habit which may have started before the relationship even existed, and for any number of reasons, such as gaslighting or infidelity. Being genuinely committed to the relationship is the first step. Getting the right help to ensure that commitment goes more smoothly is the second step – so schedule a session or a workshop with one of our couples counselling specialists today!
Calgary Marriage Counselling
Marriage counselling is an incredible tool that helps guide couples through their problems to avoid divorce. When divorce happens, it often results in extreme difficulties – it’s considered one of life’s most stressful events for adults, and if children are involved, they may experience negative effects such as denial, feelings of abandonment, anger, blame, guilt, preoccupation with reconciliation, and acting out. If you feel it is time for marriage counselling, we would love to be there for you, using techniques like the Gottman Method to help. Reach out to one of our Calgary psychologists today and take the first step.
Family Therapy in Calgary
Family therapy is a type of counselling where the entire family group comes in together, rather than individually. Then we all work together to discover the nature of the problem(s) at hand and clarify how it affects each person, who is encouraged to share their view of the problem as well as possible solutions. With time (and depending on the situation), we can progress through the issues with further sessions that do not involve the entire family.
Calgary Individual Therapy
For many people, therapy offers a safe place for the disclosure of personal emotions and any experiences that may be difficult to express. The goal of individual counselling is healing, self-awareness, acceptance, growth, and your own personal development. If you are looking for some individual therapy, then the compassionate, caring team at our psychology clinic in Calgary is the answer!
Therapy for Teens in Calgary
The teenage years are challenging for young people, who are trying to figure out who they are and who they will be in the future. During this time, adolescents experience feelings of confusion and a flood of new desires, and are often more prone to becoming involved with high-risk activities. Teenage therapy and counselling, perhaps even as part of a group session, can help young people find healthier ways to express themselves and feel heard and validated.
Calgary Child Therapy
Children can have anxieties and sensitivities just like anyone else. They may have difficulties adjust after a life change or a move, or may not yet have the skills to express themselves. But one of our child therapists can help! Our child therapy team is guided by principles of attachment and development, believing that once this is addressed, children thrive. Seeing one of our psychologists here in Calgary can be a very effective first step toward helping your child progress in a positive direction.
Calgary is a big city, with plenty of therapy options to support people on their mental health journeys. Here at Flourish Psychological Services, conveniently located near Deerfoot Trail and Barlow Trail in southeast Calgary, you’ll find a safe and supportive environment to work towards positive change.
Take those first steps today - contact us and put your mental health goals within reach!