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Individual Psychotherapy

Individual psychotherapy is a central focus for the work of the clinic and is offered by all of the staff members. We feel strongly that the way one copes with a chronic and life-threatening illness like HIV is strongly influenced by:

  • Early life experiences

  • The ways in which one thinks about oneself, others, and the environment in which one lives

  • One’s current social supports and capacity to have access to them

Some of the ways in which psychotherapy can help include:

  • developing insight into these influences

  • helping the individual understand his or her own ways of coping including patterns of thinking and behaviours which have become problematic

  • mobilizing strengths to improve coping

  • exploring strategies to change problematic ways of thinking and behaving

  • uncovering more unconscious issues which influence problems in coping.

Our staff includes specialists in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, emotion-focused therapy, interpersonal therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and client-centered therapy.