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Psychotherapy Approaches

Below are a list of theoretical orientations, or approaches to therapy that we offer at Blake Psychology. Please click on a topic below to learn more, and to see who at Blake Psychology can help.

  1. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT
    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

    What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy? Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can help you to cultivate a rich and meaningful life, by accepting what is …


  2. CBT Montreal
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

    What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy? Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (also called CBT) is actually an umbrella term for a number of different therapies, which share the …


  3. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Montreal
    Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

    What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy? Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy that was originally developed to treat people with Borderline Personality …


  4. Emotion-Focused Therapy Montreal
    Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

    What is Emotion-Focused Therapy? Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), is an empirically validated type of therapy that helps people to identify, experience, express, accept, regulate, understand, and …


  5. Existential therapy
    Existential Therapy

    “Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don’t find themselves at all.” Rollo May Existential Therapy is centered on …


  6. Exposure And Response Prevention
    Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

    What is Exposure and Response Prevention? Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a type of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), that was specifically developed to treat …


  7. Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Montreal
    Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP)

    Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) focuses on helping people to become more authentic in their relationships.  FAP also helps people to live more …


  8. gottman method therapy
    Gottman Method

    The Gottman Method for Couples Therapy Research by John Gottman has shown that 4 factors predict divorce: Criticizing the partner’s personality Defensiveness Stonewalling (refusing to …


  9. Imago Relationship Therapy
    Imago Relationship Therapy

    What is Imago Relationship Therapy? Imago Relationship Therapy helps couples learn to reconnect in ways that enhance their romantic relationship or marriage. It purports that …


  10. interpersonal psychotherapy
    Interpersonal Psychotherapy

    What is Interpersonal Psychotherapy? Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a brief attachment-focused therapy that helps people feel better by improving the quality of their interpersonal relationships. …


  11. Mentalization Based Therapy Montreal
    Mentalization-Based Therapy

    What is Mentalization-Based Therapy? Mentalization-Based Therapy is an evidence based form of psychodynamic therapy. It was originally developed to help people with borderline personality disorder. …


  12. Mindfulness Montreal

    What is Mindfulness? When people hear the word mindfulness, they usually think of meditation. However, if you don’t like meditation, no worries! Meditation is just …


  13. Motivational Interviewing Montreal
    Motivational Interviewing (MI)

    What is Motivational Interviewing? Motivational interviewing (MI) is a method of counselling that helps people to get in touch with their personal reasons for wanting …


  14. narrative therapy
    Narrative Therapy

    What is Narrative Therapy? Narrative Therapy helps people to construct a view of themselves that is empowering so that they can overcome problems or difficulties …


  15. person-centered humanistic approach
    Person-Centered Humanistic Therapy

    What is Person-Centered Humanistic Therapy? Person-Centered Therapy (also called Client-Centered Therapy) was developed by Carl Rogers as a way to help people not only reduce …


  16. play therapy
    Play Therapy

    What is Play Therapy? Play Therapy is a therapeutic modality designed for children, that involves letting them express themselves and learn new skills through play. …


  17. Positive Psychology Montreal
    Positive Psychology

    What is Positive Psychology? Positive Psychology is the scientific study of wellbeing. It compliments traditional theories of mental health by acknowledging that it’s not only important …


  18. psychoanalytic psychotherapy
    Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

    What is Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy? Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is typically depicted in movies as someone lying on a couch and free-associating while the therapist says “uhm-hum” and …


  19. Psychodynamic Therapy Montreal
    Psychodynamic Therapy

    What is Psychodynamic Therapy? Psychodynamic therapy focuses on helping clients gain awareness about unconscious processes.  Specifically, how feelings, impulses, and defense mechanisms may be influencing …


  20. Schema Therapy Montreal
    Schema Therapy

    What is Schema Therapy? Schema Therapy, also called Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy or Schema-Focused Therapy, helps people  identify and replace their maladaptive schemas with healthier ones. …



Many doctors and other healthcare professionals refer their patients to us for “CBT” or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The reason for this is that CBT is known to be practical, short-term, solution-focused, and effective.

Did you know that many therapies fall under the umbrella term of CBT? There’s Beck’s Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Behavioural Activation (BA), to name a few.

At Blake Psychology, our psychologists and therapists are trained in a wide variety of approaches, in addition to CBT. This allows us to choose the right interventions for each unique client that we work with.

For example, all of our therapists adhere to certain principles such as unconditional positive regard, warmth, empathy, and genuineness - which comes from Client-Centered Therapy.

We may also draw from Motivational Interviewing (when clients feel undecided about change), or interpersonal approaches when patterns of relationships or difficult childhoods seem central (e.g., Psychodynamic Therapy, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, and Interpersonal Therapy).

Additionally, there are therapies specifically tailored to couples (e.g., Imago Relationship Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy), as well as Families (e.g., Family Systems Therapy), and Children (e.g., Play Therapy).

So, while CBT is great, and various kinds of CBT approaches exist, being able to tailor treatment strategies to clients needs provides a more personalized approach. Please click on an image to learn more.