Specialization and Approach

Areas of Specialization

At Adaptive Minds, we have passion and experience in helping clients work with anxiety, stress, self-confidence, and performance concerns. We specialize in the following areas:

General Anxiety and Worry

Workplace Stress

Enhancing Sports, School, and Work Performance

Health Anxiety

Panic

Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem

Depression

Addiction

Mental Toughness Training

Anxiety Surrounding Performance, Tests, and School

Social Anxiety

Specific Programs

Stress Leave Program

We have developed a program for individuals who are currently on leave from their jobs due to stress or mental health challenges. This program includes tools and strategies for managing anxiety, stress, and other difficult emotions. We also help with concrete strategies to help solve problems, deal with common workplace challenges, and function effectively upon your return to work. As part of this program, we can help to connect with your family physician and insurance providers around their needs and requirements for your accessing services.

Specific Programs

Sports Psychology Mental Skills Program

This program has been designed to provide adolescent and adult athletes with a package of mental skills that will help them to move towards improved performance, enjoyment, and consistency in their sports performance. From recreational to professional, having knowledge and ability with these skills can be instrumental in helping you to achieve your sports goals. This program is an excellent option for athletes who are newer to mental skills for sport.

Services for stress leave and sports psychology mental skills programs are provided by a registered psychologist and are often eligible for coverage through benefits programs.

Therapy Approaches

We value providing strategies that have research in support of their being effective and that fit with each client’s personal preference. Some examples of the strategies that we use include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – (CBT)

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an evidence-based treatment approach for many psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, and stress. The goal of cognitive therapy is to reduce distress and promote adaptive thinking, belief systems, and behavior. If you are looking for a treatment strategy that has been well-researched and shown to be effective for many issues, this approach may be right for you.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - (ACT)

Acceptance and commitment therapy also has evidence in support of its effectiveness for many different psychological concerns. Acceptance and commitment therapy involves accepting and getting distance from our unwanted internal experience and refocusing on our values in the present moment. If you have had thoughts, images, or emotions that you have tried hard to get rid of, only to see them come back stronger, this approach could be a good fit for you.

Sports Psychology Interventions and Mental Skills Training

Acceptance and commitment therapy also has evidence in support of its effectiveness for many different psychological concerns. Acceptance and commitment therapy involves accepting and getting distance from our unwanted internal experience and refocusing on our values in the present moment. If you have had thoughts, images, or emotions that you have tried hard to get rid of, only to see them come back stronger, this approach could be a good fit for you.

Positive Psychotherapy

Positive psychotherapy is based on the philosophy that there is more to living a good life than reducing unpleasant emotions like anxiety, depression, and stress. This approach takes the perspective that, within psychotherapy, there has been too much emphasis placed on reducing distress and not enough of a focus on promoting the factors that lead to happiness, well-being, and a high quality of life. As such, positive psychotherapy interventions aim to help us improve our quality of life, experience positive emotions, and live in a more meaningful way. If your primary goal is to experience more positive emotions and increased quality of life, ask about this approach.