Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a well established mental health intervention used by psychologists. It involves helping clients to become more effective at managing the inter-relationships between their thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviour. It is particularly helpful when used to combat anxiety, depression, crisis and stress and to improve intimate relationships. Three examples of this type of therapy used by Dr. Croft are: Meta-Cognitive Therapy (MCT), EMDR Therapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy, which can be provided on their own or in some combination together.
Meta-Cognitive Therapy (MCT) helps clients learn to think more effectively when they face challenges. Clients often develop unhealthy patterns of excessive worry over potential future threats and rumination/brooding over past events. These general patterns are maintained by ineffective coping and harmful self-beliefs. By first becoming more aware of self-defeating inner conversations or negative images of oneself/others, clients can learn to coach themselves to counter-balance such distressing thoughts. A client’s anxious thoughts or panic may interfere with sleep, problem solving or work performance. Angry words may harm work, intimate, family or friend relationships. Motivation to make healthy changes may be inconsistent.
EMDR Therapy helps to accelerate the processes for a client to overcome disturbing events in their life and continue in a healthier direction. Clients may experience understandable and yet still difficult to manage trauma or distress, as a consequence of some recent crisis, e.g., an affair, accident, assault, etcetera. Clients may find that events and feelings that they believed were dealt with in the past, still unexpectedly cause problems. Dr. Croft helps such clients to learn how to let go and move forward, while becoming more effective at preventing or counter-balancing similar distress in the future.
Clinical Hypnotherapy uses a natural form of communication to focus a client's efforts on creating a new pathway to achieving their healthy goals. One practical foundation to this therapy involves relaxed breathing/muscles, creativity and positive suggestions, sometimes in conjunction with personally relevant and brief stories. Some examples of problems that Dr. Croft helps clients deal with involve sleeping, low self-esteem, depressive thoughts, panic and chronic pain.
|Fixed Term Sessions|
In addition to the typical flexible-term sessions that most psychologists provide (see FAQs), Dr. Croft has developed six different series of fixed-term counselling services. Each of these series of six sessions is focussed on one particular healthy goal and is appropriate for some individuals or couples. Each series stands alone as a means of clients learning how to help themselves move forward towards becoming healthier. Later, clients may avail themselves of some flexible- term sessions to expand their efforts.
If one of these five healthy goals below matches your need, you may wish to consult with Dr. Croft as to the advisability of choosing a fixed-term series of six sessions to get started:
1. Develop more effective communication in your current emotionally intimate relationship
2. Understand your personality style and develop your social-emotional intelligence
3. Develop a pathway towards a healthy couple relationship before you live together or marry
4. Cope with daily stresses more effectively, while developing more energy
5. Explore your personality and interests as you develop a pathway to a new career.
6. Enhancement of personal and couple psychological health to foster a more successful transition to full retirement.
Over a series of six counselling sessions, which will also utilize psychological therapies, the client will develop crucial new knowledge, skills, plus coping and behaviour change strategies. Also, specific suggestions regarding the most relevant self-help resources will be provided to augment these counselling sessions.
Each series involves six 50 minute long and daytime only appointments with Dr. Croft in his downtown Edmonton office (10339 - 106 street). Each appointment is provided in the comfort and privacy of his office. Dr. Croft’s office is conveniently located within his business centre, which was professionally developed for the provision of confidential services.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10339 - 106 Street, Edmonton
Suite #107 Inglewood Plaza,
24 Inglewood Drive, St. Albert
Both offices are wheelchair accessible, with convenient parking.
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