Types of Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an empirically validated treatment that has been used effectively with multiple mental health difficulties that relate to impulse control, emotional instability, interpersonal difficulties, self-harm, suicidality, and anger.

DBT focuses on four main areas:

  • Mindfulness
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an extensively researched treatment that has shown its effectiveness in treating a wide range of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. In CBT, individuals become aware of the links between their moods, thoughts and their behaviour. CBT is practical, present oriented, focused on problem-solving, and frequently short-term.

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT) is a unique empirically-based approach, based on methods designed to help people to experience, explore, transform, increase awareness of, and make sense of their emotional experience. Through EFT sessions you will learn how to identify, process and connect with your feelings in a healthy and adaptive way.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

CPT is a cognitive-behavioral treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). CPT was developed in the late 1980s and has been shown to be effective in reducing PTSD symptoms related to a variety of traumatic events including child abuse, combat, rape and natural disasters. CPT is endorsed by the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, as well as the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, as a best practice for the treatment of PTSD. Currently Dr. Nagasawa is a participating clinician in Ryerson University's CPT Sustainability Study funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research.


Research has repeatedly shown that mindfulness training can be a powerful adjunct to the conventional treatment for many mental health difficulties. Mindfulness exercises are ways of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing, guided imagery, and progressive muscle relaxation. Mindfulness training helps people to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, they are better able to manage them. Mindfulness practice has been emipraclly shown to cultivate greater awareness, reduce emotional reactivity and stress as well as improve mood