Anastasia Barber, L.C.S.W.

Philosophy of Therapy

I see therapy as a collaborative process between client and therapist, each with different areas of expertise. I believe the goal of therapy is not only to solve "problems" but to help clients grow and find balance and wholeness. I use an eclectic approach consisting of cognitive-behavioural, humanistic, psychodynamic and solution-focused therapies as well play therapy, mindfulness and attention to the mind-body connection.

I am trained in EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, a method of therapy that numerous research studies have shown to be effective in the treatment of trauma. It has been shown to be as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy and often provides relief in fewer sessions.

I also have strong experience with play therapy with children 4-11. Play therapy uses the power of play to help children express their worries when they are not able to do so verbally. Play therapy offers children some psychological distance from their troubles. By developing a positive and accepting relationship and by providing therapeutic play activities, I assist children to express their thoughts and feeling, develop insight, learn adaptive behaviors, and heal.

These techniques can help clients make changes in their lives related to a number of issues, including:

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
- Carl Jung

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