What We Treat

At Nourished Soul Therapy we treat a variety of symptoms and illnesses to help clients gain tools and strategies to become their favourite selves. Our therapists specialize in treating some of the following issues:

Trauma

The renowned trauma physician Dr. Gabor Mate has said, “Trauma is not an event that takes place, but rather is what happens to your body as a result of that event”. Whether you have experienced a traumatic event, have lived through chronic, repeated or episodic traumas we have therapists to support your healing. Using specialized and highly effective treatments, our therapists help you process the trauma and heal your nervous system so you can cope and move forward in life.

Anxiety

Feeling like something bad is going to happen over a long period of time can wreak havoc on the nervous system. Being in constant “flight or fight” mode is exhausting. Living with high levels of anxiety can feel like doing mental gymnastics to get through the day. Our therapists are highly skilled in treating all forms of anxiety such as generalized anxiety, social phobia, OCD, panic, health anxiety and phobias. Understanding the thought patterns that keep us stuck in anxious thoughts is the first step to healing. Our therapists are trained in different therapy strategies to help clients find a way to heal that best suits their needs. Stop pushing through and start living life with ease and joy.

Depression

Low mood and depression can show up in different ways for different folks. Whether it is low motivation, lack of energy, change in appetite, a decrease in enjoying preferred activities, change in sleep pattern therapy can help to identify what thought patterns are keeping us stuck in these patterns. Therapy can help to identify tools to change the way that we think and behaviour to improve our sense of self, accomplishment and in time improve our mood.

Relationship Issues

Communication breakdown, lack of understanding, infidelity, preparing for co-habitation or marriage? All of these have an impact on relationships. Having a skilled therapist can be helping in guiding couples to recognize the maladaptive patterns that are keeping them stuck in a cycle of conflict. Couples Therapy can help to reignite connection in a relationship and bring joy and fun back.

Parenting Strategies

Parenting can be hard. Even the easy days have their trials and tribulations. Parents often come from different upbringings and backgrounds, with unique norms and expectations. Sometimes parents are on different pages when it comes to how to parent and nurture children. Our therapists use evidence based treatment approaches to support parents in navigating the complex and often unique situations in a family dynamic. This allows parents to be on the same page and strengthen the partnership in the parenting journey.

Caregiver Stress/Burnout

Caregiver stress has been an area of interest for our founder, Jennifer Nunes for nearly two decades. Whether caring for a loved one, aging parent or child with complex needs caregiving is a tiring and often depleting role. It is also one filled with immense love, care and compassion. Learning how to set boundaries and minimize caregiver stress can increase longevity and happiness in our lives.

Developing a Growth Mindset

Using facets of positive psychology our therapists are ready to help you achieve your highest level of success and happiness. Recognizing that sometimes we need help to zoom out, recognize our accomplishments and re-shift our focus to pave the runway to our success.

Healthcare/ Education System Advocacy and Navigation

With years of special needs parenting and work in the education sector, Jennifer Nunes offers a unique support to parents and caregivers of those navigating the healthcare system. Learn strategies to best support you or your loved ones health so you can feel empowered and confident when having difficult and often confusion conversations with professionals in the health and education sector.

Learn to live with ease and love your life

Approach to Therapy in Ontario

Our therapists recognize that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to therapy and mental health support. Using clinical judgement, expertise and collaboration, the client and therapist work together to create a treatment plan to reach client goals. Whether online or in-person, our therapists use different forms of talk therapy to treat individuals in their wellness journey. The type of therapy can vary from client to client.

Types of Psychotherapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Exploring the connection between how our thoughts are connected to our feelings and behaviours, this therapy uses an analytical approach to change the way we think in order to change how we feel. The purpose of CBT is to help the client identify problem thinking patterns that occur automatically and may have a negative impact on their day to day life. CBT often involves activities during and/or between sessions to improve the a client’s ability to notice particular thought patterns and emotions throughout their day. CBT has been heavily researched and is used to treat anxiety, depression and a variety of other symptoms.

Emotion Focused Family Therapy

Rooted in interpersonal neurobiology, EFFT works to support caregivers increase their capacity to support their loved ones through mental health recovery. Recognizing the strong neuro-biological connection between parents and children (of any age) EFFT aims to help caregivers build tools and skills to more confidently use validation, emotion and behaviour coaching to support people with emotional dysregulation. More information on EFFT can be found by clicking here

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (also known as ART) is a new, evidence informed modality that uses rapid eye movements, similar to the REM cycle of sleep to help clients process strong emotions and traumatic experiences. ART is often used for trauma, phobias, anxiety, insomnia, grief and many other symptoms. Most clients identify significant reduction of symptoms quickly. This therapy is currently available with the Clinic Director.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

This evidence informed therapy is rooted in building coping skills through understanding the concept of opposing truths. DBT teaches concepts such as mindfulness, distress tolerance skills, interpersonal effectiveness and emotional regulation. These skills help clients improve distress tolerance and reduce symptoms.

Motivational Interviewing

Empowering an individual to make positive changes is the focus of this modality. A therapist will support you in resolving insecurities and internal ambivalent feelings as you work towards achieving a goal important to you. This is a client-centered approach to communication that is used to strengthen a person’s own motivation and commitment to change. The approach is based on the idea that people are more likely to change when they feel that the decision to change is coming from within themselves, rather than being imposed on them by others.

The goal of motivational interviewing is to help individuals explore and resolve their barriers about making a change. Your therapist will use open-ended questions, reflective listening, and empathy to create a safe and supportive environment to explore your reasons for change and address any hurdles that may be preventing you from taking action.

By helping clients explore their own reasons for change and addressing any concerns they may have, motivational interviewing can help them to build the confidence and motivation needed to make lasting changes in their lives.