CBT (including Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy) aims to solve problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviours and thought processes through a goal-oriented and systematic procedure. It has been proven that CBT is one of the most effective treatments for a variety of mental health issues related to drug addiction, alcoholism, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Families are systems of interconnected individuals, and therefore clients are understood in the context of their families. Psycho-educational seminars and family counselling are an integral part of treatment.
Buddhist philosophy is the foundation of mindfulness meditation. Clients learn the rationale for developing a daily meditation practice which is grounded in current neurological research. Daily practice of meditation helps create equanimity (emotional stability and centredness) and trains clients to observe their thoughts non-judgmentally and non-reactively. Focused concentration activates parts of the brain that are responsible for rational thought, memory and emotional regulation.
Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophy based on a system of ethics, logic, and personal responsibility. According to its teachings, we can become free of our desire for pleasure and our fear of pain. Our unhappiness lies in our impulsive dependencies rather than logic. It teaches that action is more important than words, and that we can develop the attitude and skills to become more steadfast and self-controlled.
Clients are exposed to the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and are expected to attend one meeting in Teulon, MB each week. This helps prepare clients to develop an understanding of how AA can enhance their relapse prevention plan.
Yoga is a 2000 year old practice which unites body and mind. It connects with our ‘true self’ by turning our attention inward. The practice of asanas (postures) and pranayama (breath control) as well as meditation, help clients feel grounded and balanced in their own bodies. By moving energy and breathing in a conscious manner, clients learn how to release tension and negativity.
Art Therapy is integrated into the program to develop the creative expression of thoughts and feelings. The art projects correspond to elements of treatment and reinforce learning. In many cases, art inspires clients to develop hobbies and pursue interests they previously neglected.
Although talking about difficulties with a skilled therapist helps to resolve them in many cases, serious personal issues often require special approaches guided by a trained psychologist or other mental health professional. Dr. Barbopoulos uses proven techniques based on an approach known as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT uses special methods to help people change how they think, feel, and act so as to enjoy happier and more productive lives.