Dr. Swan is interested in helping people get past the issues that are holding them back from living a fulfilled life. These range from self-limiting beliefs, to daily setbacks and life traumas. She is forward thinking and will strive to help you remove what may be blocking you while helping you formulate the most fulfilling way forward. She will work with the past as much as is needed to get you moving towards what you most desire. Sometimes it’s those childhood experiences that tint how we view the world today and rectifying those views can mean the difference between struggling and thriving. Dr. Swan wants to help you get what you need, and move forward as soon as possible using some of the following techniques (among others).
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a well researched modality that is forward looking and seeks to help clients overcome unhelpful thoughts and beliefs, while changing their behaviours and the way they interact with the world around them. It uses concrete activities to help identify thoughts, feelings and behaviours, then empower the client to make the changes necessary to achieve their desired life. It teaches skills that can be used well into the future.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
MBCT combines CBT with mindfulness based meditative practice shown to relieve depression and anxiety. This modality is especially effective in dealing with stress and related depression. It is focused on becoming more aware of the present moment, where you have control to affect real change (as opposed to yesterday or tomorrow).
EMDR therapy is a well researched, process of re-processing symptoms and distress related to past disturbing experiences. It is said to stimulate the brain’s own unique healing mechanism while helping to remove blocks. It is more of a client lead therapy than clinician interpreted. Dr. Swan is a Certified EMDR Therapist with EMDRIA and a member of EMDR Canada.
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Emotionally Focused therapy is an experiential humanistic approach to psychotherapy based in attachment science. Originally created for couples and families, it has been expanded for work with individuals. It relies on the use of emotion in relation to important others in our lives and strengthening our bonds. Some examples of where Emotionally focused therapy is helpful is individuals who have suffered trauma, have had difficult relationships in childhood with parents or caregivers and those who have struggled in their adult interpersonal relationships.
Solutions Focused Brief Therapy
I have been working with Solutions focused therapy for over 6 years now and have found that it can be the push many need to get moving in the right direction again. I love that it is brief and allows us to focus on moving forward with solutions generation instead of getting stuck in the past.
I have trained in Positive Psychology, which is essentially the study of how people live a fulfilled and happy life. I use this information with clients to help them find what makes them happy and build more of that into their daily routines and goals. We work together to identify strengths and find new, innovative ways to capitalize on them.
We all deal with life’s challenges differently and I want to help you find the ideal coping mechanisms for your particular life’s challenges. Your happiness is my goal!
Dr. Jamie Swan is happy to accept referrals of individuals aged 13+ seeking help in the following areas:
- Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress
- Depression and Mood Concerns
- Men’s Issues
- Women’s Issues
- Work-Life Balance
- Stress Management
- Return to Work
- Anger Management
- Relationship Concerns
- Marital Counselling
- Separation Counselling
- Grief, Loss and Life Transitions
- Personal Growth
Dr. Swan also helps individuals who are stuck in their careers and looking for new paths. She offers interest exploration, strengths matching and can assist in decision making. She offers different inventories to help clients identify their strengths and interests then match those to possible career paths. For more information, see psychological assessments.