At Hearthstone Counseling, our mission is to provide exceptional therapy services that empowers individuals, couples, and families to heal and grow. We strive to create a warm, welcoming environment where clients feel safe to explore their thoughts and emotions. Our approach is client-centered, and we believe in working collaboratively with our clients to help them identify their strengths, overcome challenges, and achieve their goals. We are dedicated to providing evidence-based interventions that promote long-lasting change and emotional wellness.
We provide support and guidance to individuals of all ages, including children, youth, and adults. We offer counselling services that are designed to help those who are struggling with a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, trauma, identity, neurodiversity, LGBTQIA, growth and more.
For children and youth, Hearthstone Counselling offers a safe and supportive environment where they can express themselves and work through their emotional challenges.
For adults, the service provides a confidential space to explore personal issues and develop coping strategies.
Regardless of age, Hearthstone Counselling aims to empower individuals to achieve their goals and improve their overall well-being.
We provide direct billing for Work BC, Kootenay Employment Services, First Nations Health Authority and CVAP.
We offer a variety of approaches to meet each individual's unique needs and goals including:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy that is used to help individuals process traumatic memories, distressing life events and negative beliefs.
During EMDR sessions, a therapist guides the individual through a series of eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation. This is believed to help the brain reprocess and integrate traumatic memories in a more adaptive way, reducing their emotional intensity and the associated distress.
EMDR can help individuals who have experienced trauma, as well as those struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, negative self-talk and other mental health issues.
It is a short-term therapy that is highly effective for trauma-related symptoms, and many individuals report significant improvements in their mental health and quality of life after completing EMDR therapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on helping individuals identify and change unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. It is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected, and that changing one can have a positive impact on the others.
In CBT, clients work collaboratively with a counsellor to identify negative thought patterns and develop strategies to challenge and replace them with more positive and realistic ones. This can help individuals to better manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions, and improve their overall quality of life.
CBT is a highly effective treatment for a range of mental health issues, including anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and more. It is typically a short-term therapy, lasting anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the individual's needs and goals.
Attachment theory is a fundamental part of our therapeutic approach, as we believe that the quality of our early relationships shapes our patterns of relating throughout our lives. By understanding the impact of our attachment styles on our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, we can work together to identify and change patterns that are no longer serving us. Our approach is grounded in the belief that through a secure therapeutic relationship, we can foster the development of a secure attachment style and help clients feel more connected, grounded, and resilient. We incorporate techniques from attachment-based therapies, such as emotion-focused therapy, somatic experiencing, and play therapy, to support our clients in developing healthier relationships with themselves and others.
Play therapy is a form of therapy that uses play to help children process and express their thoughts and emotions. Through the use of toys, games, and other creative activities, children are able to communicate their feelings and experiences in a safe and non-threatening environment. Play therapy is based on the understanding that play is a natural means of expression for children and allows them to work through difficult emotions and experiences at their own pace. The therapist provides a supportive and nurturing environment, helping children to build coping skills and improve their emotional regulation. Play therapy is often used to treat a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and behavioral concerns in children.
Somatic resourcing is an embodied approach that focuses on building internal resources and resilience to support clients in managing overwhelming emotions and traumatic experiences. By bringing awareness to the physical sensations in the body and developing a felt sense of safety and grounding, clients can cultivate a sense of inner strength and stability.
Through somatic resourcing, we can access the innate wisdom of the body and work towards healing trauma at its roots. Our counsellors are trained in somatic resourcing techniques such as grounding exercises, breathwork, movement, and touch to support clients in connecting with their bodies and building internal resources. Somatic resourcing is a valuable tool in our therapeutic toolkit, as it empowers clients to take an active role in their healing process and cultivate a sense of agency and resilience in their lives.
Mindfulness offers a powerful tool for cultivating present-moment awareness and developing a more compassionate relationship with ourselves. By bringing awareness to our thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations without judgment, we can learn to respond to life's challenges with greater clarity and ease. Our counsellors integrate mindfulness techniques such as breathwork, body scanning, and mindfulness meditation into our sessions to support clients in developing a more mindful and self-aware approach to their lives.
Through mindfulness, clients can learn to let go of unhelpful patterns of thinking and feeling, cultivate a greater sense of inner peace, and develop a more compassionate relationship with themselves and others. Mindfulness can help clients develop greater resilience, reduce stress and anxiety, and cultivate a deeper sense of connection to themselves and the world around them.
Solution-focused therapy is a brief, goal-oriented approach that focuses on the client's strengths and resources, rather than their problems or limitations. In solution-focused therapy, the counsellor collaborates with the client to identify specific, achievable goals and then works with them to develop a plan to achieve these goals.
The focus is on the client's present and future, rather than their past, and the counsellor helps the client to identify and build on their existing strengths and resources to create positive change in their lives.
Solution-focused therapy is particularly helpful for clients who are looking for a practical, action-oriented approach to their problems. Through solution-focused therapy, clients can gain greater clarity and focus, develop a sense of agency and empowerment, and create positive change in their lives in a relatively short amount of time.
Interpersonal therapy is a short-term, evidence-based therapy that focuses on improving the quality of a client's interpersonal relationships and addressing interpersonal issues that may be contributing to their emotional distress. The counsellor works collaboratively with the client to identify specific interpersonal problems and to develop a plan for addressing these issues in a practical and effective way.
Interpersonal therapy is based on the idea that interpersonal problems can contribute to a range of emotional difficulties, and that by addressing these problems, clients can improve their emotional well-being and quality of life. Interpersonal therapy can be particularly helpful for clients who are struggling with relationship issues, social isolation, or who are experiencing depression or anxiety related to interpersonal difficulties.
Through interpersonal therapy, clients can develop greater self-awareness, improve their communication skills, and develop more satisfying and fulfilling relationships with others.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that focuses on helping clients develop psychological flexibility and increase their ability to accept and engage with their thoughts, feelings, and experiences, rather than trying to control or avoid them.
ACT is based on the idea that suffering is a normal part of the human experience and that trying to control or avoid unpleasant experiences often leads to increased emotional distress and reduced quality of life. The goal of ACT is to help clients learn to accept their experiences without judgment, and to focus on creating a rich, meaningful, and values-driven life. ACT utilizes a range of mindfulness-based techniques, metaphors, and experiential exercises to help clients develop greater psychological flexibility, increase their sense of self-awareness, and identify and clarify their personal values. Through ACT, clients can develop greater emotional resilience, reduce their symptoms of anxiety and depression, and create a more fulfilling and meaningful life.